“An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data”
A Digging into Data Research Symposium
Virginia Tech’s Digging into Data project team presented its research findings at the “An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data” research symposium, which took place at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia, on October 17, 2013.
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Click here to view the research symposium paper.
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Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities, “An Epidemiology of Information” provided a unique public forum through which policy makers, public health experts, and scholars could address pressing questions about how new methods of analyzing large-scale data sets can inform research and policy approaches to epidemic disease. Panelists considered what these new methods suggest for contemporary infodemiology and epidemic intelligence, the implications of data mining as a disease surveillance mechanism, and how new forms of reporting and public health surveillance affect public health policy. The symposium also explored how new methods can inform research on the 1918 influenza pandemic and help to answer lingering questions about the spread of the disease, its pathogenicity, the unusual mortality rates, and the effectiveness of public health responses.
Dr. David Morens, Senior Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, gave the keynote address. You can view his talk here.
The “An Epidemiology of Information” project is made possible in part from support received by Virginia Tech through the international Digging into Data Challenge competition sponsored by NEH. Funding for Virginia Tech’s Canadian partner, the Center for E-Health Initiatives of the University of Toronto, comes from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.