The challenges of data in future pandemics

Nigel Shadbolt*, Alys Brett, Min Chen, Glenn Marion, Iain J McKendrick, Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Lorenzo Pellis, Richard Reeve, Ben Swallow

*Corresponding author for this work

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The use of data has been essential throughout the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. We have needed it to populate our models, inform our understanding, and shape our responses to the disease. However, data has not always been easy to find and access, it has varied in quality and coverage, been difficult to reuse or repurpose. This paper reviews these and other challenges and recommends steps to develop a data ecosystem better able to deal with future pandemics by better supporting preparedness, prevention, detection and response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100612
Number of pages16
Early online date2 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Data and models
  • Data ecosystem
  • Data lifecycles
  • FAIR data
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • COVID-19


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