The Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID)
The Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) expands and complements existing efforts by foster international sharing of avian influenza isolates and data. Scientists participating in the GISAID consortium would agree to share their sequence data, to analyze the finding jointly, and to publish the results collaboratively. Data would be deposited in the three publicly available databased participating in the International Sequence Database Collaboration (EMBL, DDBJ, and GenBank) as soon as possible after analysis and validation, with a maximum delay of six months. GISAID encourages meaningful collaboration among researchers in industrialized countries and in the developing countries hardest hit by avian influenza, and it attracts international attention to the need for greater funding and technical assistance to help affected countries build comprehensive and sustained disease surveillance programs.
Author(s): The GISAID Foundation
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(Located at platform.gisaid.org)