The extensive, verified data allows for deeper assessment and analysis of emerging threats to human health from COVID-19 and includes supportive suggestions and material for building up new intelligence methods or improving already existing capacities.
It is open for public access and offers a free trial for a month.
“It’s big progress we’ve made in a relatively short period of time – delivering the peer-to-peer platform we need to allow data sharing and data monetization,” stated Matthew van Niekerk, Databroker’s CEO.
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, ECDC’s Epidemic Intelligence team has been collecting the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, based on reports from health authorities worldwide. This comprehensive and systematic process is carried out on a daily basis by a team of epidemiologists who screen up to 500 relevant sources to collect the latest figures and then further interpret the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic not only in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), but also worldwide.
The data screening is followed by ECDC’s standard epidemic intelligence process for which every single data entry is validated and documented in an ECDC database. An extract of this database, complete with up-to-date figures and data visualisations, is then shared on the ECDC website, ensuring a maximum level of transparency.
ECDC’s main role as an agency of the European Union is to strengthen Europe’s defences against communicable diseases and is the key player in pooling knowledge, exchanging information and best practices among experts in Europe.
“As for the actions underway, we keep our focus on perfecting the platform, making it intuitive to use. Also, we aim at finalizing the integration with the Data eXchange Controller (The DXC software, installed on the data provider’s system that allows data to be safely and securely transferred from the seller to the buyer) and blockchain smart contracts,” added van Niekerk.
Databroker’s core strategy is to help accelerate the path to effective adoption of the data economy by focussing on the bringing together of both bring data buyers and data sellers to ensure easier, faster and safer access to reliable and actionable data.
“It’s a platform that brings business value and does work for businesses across different industries, universities and government institutions,” added van Niekerk.
Van Niekerk and his team unveiled the Databroker marketplace in March 2020 and started with a bang – onboarding the National Geographic Institute, Robustel, Computd, Phoenix Contact and Ice Gateway on the seller side and expecting they will see more traction as data (verified, privacy, immutable etc.) takes centre stage on multiple levels due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The impact of COVID-19 and its impact on both data and privacy are expected to have a positive effect and Big Data but even without the pandemic, the numbers are startling. Databroker is well-positioned for growth.
The global IoT market size is expected to be worth some $949.42 Billion By 2025 with a CAGR of 29.4 per cent and trend of processing the contextually rich and real-time data streams generated by IoT networks and sensors using machine learning and artificial intelligence is expected to drive growth.
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications.
Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China’s first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission’s SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government’s Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.