The international Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Population and Their Health (INDEPTH Network) has concluded plans to include Nigeria among countries to benefit from its body of research findings.
The two online archives, INDEPTH Data Repository and INDEPTHStats, will continue to build and strengthen capacity for research data management, sharing and improve access to health and science research to individuals working in the public health space globally especially in low and middle income countries (LMICs)
The INDEPTH Data Repository online archive is a high-quality datasets and gathered by INDEPTH member Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) centres. It is the first data repository that specialises in longitudinal population-based data from LMICs.
INDEPTHStats will provide researchers, government officials and policymakers with information that can guide their decision-making, including crude birth and death rates, age-specific fertility and death rates, infant, child, and under five mortality rates, as well as numerous other health and demographic indicators.
Additional indicators, such as death rates and cause of death, will be added in the near future.
Executive Director, INDEPTH Network Prof.OsmanSankoh noted in a statement that “The lack of research data management skills and capacity is generally acknowledged to be a major factor in why such data is not more generally available. These platforms present an opportunity to exert a powerful and sustained influence on the availability of well documented and high quality population-based data.”
It further stated: “Sharing of data reinforces the principles of open scientific enquiry and allows more value to be extracted from the data beyond what the original investigators may be able to do.
“This is particularly true for basic data such as genomic data, but is also relevant for public health data that INDEPTH will share. Re-analysis of the data may lead to new insights and new research,” says Dr. Abraham J. Herbst, Principal Investigator of the INDEPTH project, iSHARE2.
The data are subjected to rigorous technical checks, first at the individual HDSS levels and then within INDEPTH. New data will be added annually on every 1 July.
The INDEPTH Data Repository and INDEPTHStats are long-term projects of the INDEPTH Network and the datasets available in the repository and the website will continue to expand in conjunction with the INDEPTH Network’s effort to build its research data management capacity.
The availability of these data has been made possible by funding from the Hewlett Foundation, NIA/WHO, IDRC, Sida/Research Cooperation Unit, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation and the Gates Foundation combined with the generous, free provision of the data by the member HDSSs as well as their various funders.