Zenodo - Driving Open-Science research during COVID-19

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Zenodo - Driving Open-Science research during COVID-19

Thu, 30/07/2020 - 14:42



Zenodo is an all-inclusive Open Science repository developed by CERN within the European Commission’s OpenAIRE project. It enables researchers to deposit data sets, software, workflows, reports, and any other research related digital artifacts. Through Zenodo, any researcher can access directly the raw and derived data, facilitating and accelerating scientific collaboration, leading to lower research costs, faster research cycles and ultimately avoiding duplicated primary data collection work.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zenodo has been utilizing its unique proposition to help in the fight against the virus. For instance, storage has been added, and tailored communities created:

  • The Coronavirus Disease Research Community - COVID-19 – A community that collects artifacts of relevance to COVID-19 research. It already contains billions of data points and findings related to COVID-19
  • The National COVID Cohort Collaborative - which is a central registry of patients who have been tested for COVID or have a clinical diagnosis of COVID,
  • The COVID-19 Central America- A community that includes the knowledge of Central American countries in relation to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

In addition support for custom meta-data has been added, which has enabled Plazi to create the Coronavirus-Host Community in Zenodo and liberate mammal-host-virus associations which aim to help in the understanding of the jump from animal hosts.

The importance of this Open Science Initiative has been highlighted during these unfortunate times, when collaboration of research across the globe is essential, across the normal disciplinary boundaries. This central repository is being used by scientists worldwide to share information in the hope to arrive at swift measures to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to thank Plazi for their grant to the CERN & Society Foundation for the Zenodo Project. Through this grant, we are able to import a dataset of 300,000 biodiversity treatments records into Zenodo, in collaboration with Pensoft via an Arcadia Fund project.