[CODATA-international] Looking for examples of competitors collaborating in data sharing?

Joy Davidson Joy.Davidson at glasgow.ac.uk
Thu Nov 7 07:20:41 EST 2019

Hi everyone,

A great example is the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) which is supports public-private partnership (PPP) in the life sciences. It is a partnership between the European Union (represented by the European Commission) and the European pharmaceutical industry (represented by EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations).

All the best,

Joy Davidson
Digital Curation Centre (DCC)
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University of Glasgow
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From: CODATA-international <codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org> On Behalf Of S.C. Edmunds
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There have already been some translational medicine examples listed here, and I think pharma has played with the idea of pre-competitive collaboration more than other areas because R&D is so expensive. The Pistoia Alliance is an obvious name here, working with more than 100 global members in the pharma industry:


Here in Hong Kong this model has been followed on a smaller scale by consortia working on individual medical areas important to Asian patients, such as the Asian Cancer Research Group:


This has released terabytes of CC0 open data into the public domain (we helped share it here: http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100034).

Best wishes,


On Thu, 7 Nov 2019 at 12:32, Kirkpatrick, Christine <christine at sdsc.edu<mailto:christine at sdsc.edu>> wrote:
Hi Kalpana,

The Big Data Value Association project, Transforming Transport (www.Transformingtransport.eu<http://www.Transformingtransport.eu>) is not only an example, but creative in its approach.  Rather than asking competitors to put their data into a shared system, the team created a facility for shared, open data.  Each company could then integrate the shared data, locally with their own data, and share results (without divulging their intellectual property).  It’s an interesting and pragmatic approach for organizing natural rivals to collaborate for common purpose.

Hope that helps,

Christine Kirkpatrick
Division Director, Research Data Services
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
US GO FAIR Coordination Office

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Dear colleagues:

For a project I'm working on, I'm looking for examples of competitors (private or public sector) who collaborated to develop an infrastructure for data sharing and actually, well, shared data. Does anyone have any examples to point me to?



Kalpana Shankar
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