IMECCHI-DATANETWORK is an initiative launched by the IMECCHI group in October 2015, during the annual meeting in Manchester. The aim is creating and testing a distributed data infrastructure to conduct multicentric observational studies in a network of databases . The infrastructure exploits the features of the open source software TheMatrix .
The data network currently involves 6 databases from countries across 4 continents: Asia (South Korea), Europe (Denmark, Italy, Switzerland), North America (Canada) and Oceania (New Zealand).
The initiative is currently funded by the participating institutions.
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 TheMatrix: the tool for easy observational health data management from CSV files. thematrix.isti.cnr.it. Accessed February 2016.