Increasing Access to Public Health Data

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17 major funders of public health research, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Hewlett Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Bank, have signed on to a document to promote the sharing of research data. The group’s vision is that:

We, as funders of health research, intend to work together to increase the availability to the scientific community of the research data we fund that is collected from populations for the purpose of health research, and to promote the efficient use of those data to accelerate improvements in public health.