Open Science is more than just sharing data. We must also build the infrastructure that allows people to access and analyze the data efficiently. Otherwise, the revolution in data-sharing will breed a lot of confusion instead of knowledge, collaboration, and transparency.

On February 12, foundation grantees at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Georgia, and the University of Liverpool launched the Clinical Epidemiology Database. The open-access data resource enables users to explore data using point-and-click filtering, simple queries and more complex search strategies, and a suite of exploratory statistical analysis tools.

ClinEpi launched with data from the Program for Resistance, Immunology, Surveillance and Modeling of Malaria (PRISM), which includes more than 40,000 observations of more than 1,400 subjects. Two foundation-funded studies, the Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) and Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development (MAL-ED), are already in the pipeline and will go public later this spring.

ClinEpiDB uses computational infrastructure developed for the Eukaryotic Pathogen Database, which has been hosted at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Georgia over the past 15 years. This groundbreaking genomics database now has more than 70,000 unique visitors from more than 100 countries every single month. We are optimistic that ClinEpiDB, its population-based cousin, will soon serve as the same kind of hub for a community of researchers in maternal, newborn, and child health.