University of Birmingham experts in Computer Science and Medicine worked with the Institute for Global Innovation to create the database, which includes all disciplines of research, including health-related, socio-economic, behavioural, educational, cultural, science and technology.
Researchers around the world can tap into a new inter-disciplinary online database of COVID-19 research – allowing them to search for new partners, resources and funding to boost the global battle against the virus.
The international open-access database for ongoing research activity COVID CORPUS aims to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication between researchers across all academic disciplines working on Covid-19 research.
Through its easy-to-use interface, the database will allow researchers and funders around the globe to coordinate, collaborate and network to help shape the most effective and efficient response to COVID-19 and its many impacts.
The portal includes research funded both by external agencies and resources at the University of Birmingham. Users can search for projects, resources or funding calls in a specific discipline or topic or keyword. They can also read about the project and contact the lead investigators, as well as registering their own on-going research projects, resources or funding calls.
The portal is curated by volunteer experts from the academic and clinical global community. Users will be able to upload their own contributions of COVID-19 research, which will be approved and published immediately by the curation team.
Analytics include a range of statistical, advanced AI based text & data, and visualisation tools. The portal also gives users the opportunity to network with other researchers to help encourage further collaboration.
The portal links to existing databases such as the Academy of Medical Sciences and UKCDR, meaning it already has over 2,500 projects registered at the point of going live. The UK Collective for Development Research, GLOPID-R, and the Academy of Medical Sciences are contributing the data that their databases hold, and other databases are also considering joining.
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