Tuesday, March 23, 2021

What is it?

On the 20th April 2020, the European Commission together with several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Portal to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. This Portal is the result of a joint effort by the European Commission, the European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI), the Elixir infrastructure and the COMPARE project, as well as the EU Member States and other partners.

The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, aims at providing  an open, trusted, and scalable European and global environment where researchers can store and share datasets, such as DNA sequences, protein structures, data from pre-clinical research and clinical trials, as well as epidemiological data. Rapid open sharing of data greatly accelerates research and discovery, allowing for an effective response to the coronavirus emergency.

How does it work?

The COVID-19 Data Portal is part of a larger European Data Platform. The other component of the platform, the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, offer a variety of configurations in terms of upload tools analysis workflows. The below schematic offers a simple explanation of how this is integrated.

The COVID-19 Data Portal serves as a gateway to different types of research data. Submitting new data will depend on the type of research you are carrying out. To determine which path you should take, please follow this link.

What can the COVID-19 Data Portal do for me?

Researchers from across the world, especially Europe, have been sharing research data and publications related to the current COVID-19 pandemic on this Data Portal since its launch in April 2020. Thus, this portal may be freely accessed for the most recent knowledge and data available, which can further assist in ongoing or new COVID-19 research taking place at the national level.

How can I contribute to the initiative?

If you are a researcher and would like to contribute to the COVID-19 Data Portal, access the Portal at your earliest through this link.  You can verify that your research is compatible with the objectives of the Portal.  If it is the case, get in touch with the Malta Council for Science and Technology at the earliest possible opportunity, so that the necessary guidance is provided. More details can be found on the below link. For further inquiries, please contact Mr. Owen Zammit (

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