Nature: Build the Ebola database in Africa

Nature: Build the Ebola database in Africa. “This September, the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), a research network based at the University of Oxford, UK, held a meeting in Guinea to discuss plans for an information platform to share data obtained during the latest outbreaks, in hopes of improving responses in the future. It is now seeking further input on a collaborative research agenda…. The platform has yet to be established, and these preparatory efforts are well-intentioned. But in my opinion, having African scientists work on an information platform in another part of the world and at the behest of and under the jurisdiction of others does not confer the same benefits as working with local researchers to build our own tools on the ground.”