Publishing data to support the fight against human vector-borne diseases

Scott C Edmunds, Florence Fouque, Kyle A Copas, Tim Hirsch, Paloma Helena Fernandes Shimabukuro, José Dilermando Andrade-Filho, Catalina Marceló, Carlos Andrés Morales, María Camila Lesmes, Patricia Fuya, Sergio Méndez, Horacio Cadena, Álvaro Ávila-Díaz, Erika Santamaría, Živko Južnič-Zonta, Roger Eritja, John R B Palmer, Frederic Bartumeus, Maurício Dos Santos-Conceição, Samira Chahad-EhlersCássio Lázaro Silva-Inácio, Ana Leuch Lozovei, Andrey José de Andrade, Sara Paull, Miguel Ángel Miranda, Carlos Barceló, Francis Schaffner, Alessandra Della-Torre, Dimitri Brosens, Wouter Dekoninck, Guy Hendrickx, Wim Van Bortel, Isra Deblauwe, Nathalie Smitz, Veerle Versteirt, Rodrigo Espindola Godoy, Andreia Fernandes Brilhante, Soledad Ceccarelli, Agustín Balsalobre, María Eugenia Vicente, Rachel Curtis-Robles, Sarah A Hamer, José Manuel Ayala Landa, Jorge E Rabinovich, Gerardo A Marti, Dmitry Schigel

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Abstract

Vector-borne diseases are responsible for more than 17% of human cases of infectious diseases. In most situations, effective control of debilitating and deadly vector-bone diseases (VBDs), such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, Zika and Chagas requires up-to-date, robust and comprehensive information on the presence, diversity, ecology, bionomics and geographic spread of the organisms that carry and transmit the infectious agents. Huge gaps exist in the information related to these vectors, creating an essential need for campaigns to mobilise and share data. The publication of data papers is an effective tool for overcoming this challenge. These peer-reviewed articles provide scholarly credit for researchers whose vital work of assembling and publishing well-described, properly-formatted datasets often fails to receive appropriate recognition. To address this, GigaScience's sister journal GigaByte partnered with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to publish a series of data papers, with support from the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Here we outline the initial results of this targeted approach to sharing data and describe its importance for controlling VBDs and improving public health.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbergiac114
JournalGigaScience
Volume11
Number of pages5
ISSN2047-217X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Disease Vectors
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Zika Virus Infection
  • Zika Virus
  • Publishing

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