Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds Welcome to the course “From Swab to Server: Testing, Sequencing, and Sharing During a Pandemic.” In this course, you will learn the journey of a COVID-19 sample from its collection through the generation of sequencing and clinical data, then share the data with partners and the world. You may have an experience in testing and analysis of the clinical samples or an interest in diagnostics on pandemic skills, or even just be here to learn more. This course will give you an overview of how experts around the world have overcome the challenges of large-scale testing, sequencing, and data-sharing during the pandemic. In week one, you will be introduced to the testing and data generation workflow.
Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds You will learn about the different sample types and the measures that should be taken to obtain reliable results. You will hear experts discussing the challenges faced during the pandemic, how they implemented reliable and integrated testing facilities. We will also cover the lessons learned on high throughput data generation and how they avoided the major pitfalls of this process. In week two, we will go deeper into the data associated with the clinical samples, or metadata. You will understand the benefits of biobanking and learn good practises for data collection. We will also discuss how to collect and enrich metadata and what is necessary to keep the data robust and secure.
Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds By the end of the second week, you would have learned from defined professionals the role of metadata on surveillance and epidemiology and research. In week three, you will learn the ethical implications of data sharing. We will talk about the principles and best practices for sharing data with stakeholders across the globe. We will hear from global experts how they exchange information during the pandemic and what the benefits and challenges are. We hope you enjoy the course.