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Monday, July 23, 2007

More avian flu data goes OA

Vítor Faustino, Flu data goes public, Innovations Report, July 23, 2007.  Excerpt:

Statistical data of more than 400,000 questionnaires on flu incidence has been made available this week on [GripeNet] and [GriepMeting].

These data were obtained between November 2006 and May 2007 by the GroteGriepMeting Project in the Netherlands and Belgium and the Gripenet Project in Portugal, a seasonal online surveillance system that monitors influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in these countries. Approximately 20.000 Dutch, 7.000 Dutch-speaking Belgian and 4.200 Portuguese citizens participated in this project. Another 1,000,000 questionnaires of past flu seasons for the Netherlands and Belgium (since 2003) are also available at [GripeMeting].

The data base currently being made available is to be used by scientists and interested researchers in their respective projects, with the intent of stimulating data sharing among research groups. This data allows, for example, the simulation of epidemic and pandemic scenarios….