OSTP, global science leaders call for AI-ready COVID-19 data, research – MeriTalk

The director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House and government scientists from countries around the world call on publishers to make COVID-19-related research accessible to the public, including in formats where they can apply artificial intelligence (AI) to the task of analyzing data.

With OSTP Director Dr Kelvin Droegemeier, Science Ministers and Chief Scientific Advisors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom joined the call to make COVID-19 research and data available immediately.

“To support efforts to contain and mitigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, basic science research and innovation will be essential to address this global crisis. Given the urgency of the situation, it is particularly important that scientists and the public can access the research results as soon as possible, ”the scientists wrote in an open access letter.

They called for information and data to be made available in “a human and machine readable format that will allow for text and data mining using [AI] with rights granted for research reuse and secondary analysis.

“We, as national science policy leaders, applaud researchers’ efforts to understand and prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19,” the science leaders wrote. “We also greatly appreciate the funders and publishers who play the important role of supporting, reviewing and communicating research results and making the publications and data available to the global community for scientific research. and public awareness. “

Sean N. Ayres