All data collected during the ‘Bats and Coronaviruses‘ project (including both field and laboratory data) is entered into our secure project database.
This database contains critical information about the baseline diversity of bats and bat-borne viruses within the Western Asian region. Specifically, the database collates bat-specific trait information, environmental site conditions, and coronavirus data, which enables testing of hypotheses related to bat-borne coronavirus (CoV) diversity and modeling risk of disease emergence in the region.
Currently, access to the database is limited only to those scientists participating in our ‘Bats and Coronaviruses’ project. Our intention is to eventually open up this database to the larger scientific community, connecting our platform to other infectious disease databases and ecological and biodiversity datasets. Data will be stored on the cloud, and accessed via a secure system with varying levels of permission where the user can decide whether to hide, share with spatial obfuscation, or to completely share with other users in the community.