Last updated on 14-12-2022 by Pierre Daubresse
October 1, 2021
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In short

BY-COVID is a project that mobilises and connect COVID-19 data within the COVID-19 Data Platform to make it more accessible to laboratory scientists, public health researchers, medical staff, government officials and policy makers. Subsequently it provides a framework to make other infectious diseases data open and accessible to everyone. The project is unique in its truly interdisciplinary approach that brings together 53 partners from 19 European countries. 

Project summary

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic a vast amount of data has been generated in various countries by numerous institutes, ranging from hospitals and medical centres to universities, research infrastructures, public health laboratories and consortia. As the data originate from a lot of different sources, it remains a challenge to identify the best data sources, connect the data and integrate these for effective analysis. 

To overcome this challenge the BY-COVID project aims to make comprehensive open data on SARS CoV-2 accessible to everyone across scientific, medical, public health and policy domains within the COVID-19 Data Platform. Looking beyond the COVID-19 era, the project also provides a framework for making data from other  infectious diseases open and accessible to everyone. Bringing together stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines, this projects has the ambition to build a bridge between public health, clinical sciences, social sciences, and molecular sciences.

To reach abovementioned goals, the BY-COVID objectives are to:

  1. enable storage, sharing, access, analysis and processing of research data and other digital research objects from outbreak research.
  2. mobilise and expose viral and human infectious disease data from national centres.
  3. link FAIR data and metadata on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
  4. develop digital tools and data analytics for pandemic and outbreak preparedness, including tracking genomic variations of SARS-CoV-2 and identifying new variants of concern.
  5. contribute to the Horizon Europe European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Partnership & European Health Data Space (EHDS).

As shown in the figure below, the project is built around four main pillar across which the work is divided into eight work packages: 

Sciensano contributes to several of the work packages shown in the figure above:

  • WP2 — EU health information system unit (clinical and health data tasks)
  • WP4 — EU health information system unit (development of an infectious disease toolkit)
  • WP5 — Public health and genome unit (WP lead; use-cases)
  • WP6 — EU health information system unit (training and engagement tasks)
  • WP7 — Cancer centre (Citizen engagement tasks)
  • WP8 — Public health and genome  and EU health information system unit (ELSI implementation and DMP)

List of partners


Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC


DANS — Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data 

DTU — Technical University of Denmark 





EGA — European Genome-phenome Archive 






University of Oxford 


Gesundheit österreich

Greek review of social research (ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΩΝ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ)




Masarykova Univerzita

PHIRI (Population Health Information research infrastructure for COVID-19)

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics 

ISAS CR (Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Public Research Institution), Czech Social Sciences Data Archive (CSDA

Tampere University, Finnish Social Science Data Archive 

THL — Finnish institute for health and welfare

University of Freiburg

University of Tartu

Univerzita Palackého

University Medical Center Groningen 

SciLifeLab Data Centre 



IACS — Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud

HSM Ospedale Policlinico San Martino

IZSVe — Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie 

IZSLER-Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna


ELIXIR Belgium

University of Ljubljana, Social Science Data Archives (ADP

eScience Lab, The University of Manchester 

Office for Open Research @ UNIMAN 


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