An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will plan and conduct a 1.5-day public workshop to explore the scientific, policy, and operational aspects of big data in relation to microbial threats and public health. This workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions to explore topics including preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats using big data and related analytics; varieties of data (e.g., demographic, geospatial, behavioral, syndromic, and laboratory) and their broader applications; means to improve their processing, utility, and validation; and approaches that can be learned from other sectors to inform big data strategies for infectious disease research, operations, and policy. Following the conclusion of the workshop, a rapporteur-authored summary of the workshop will be published in accordance with institutional policy and procedures. The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Speakers will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for cross-cutting discussions.
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