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WP5 Communication Networks

Work package led by SAFOSO


This WP focusses on aspects of collaborative risk management at European level. This involves technical aspects related to data exchange and system interfacing as well as organisational aspects relevant to emergency response.


1. To facilitate rapid exchange and sharing of data required to parameterise the models developed in WP1-4.

2. To promote interaction and exchange between different owners of data to facilitate interfacing between data collection and to promote harmonised good practice for quality assurance.

3. To inform decisions on organisational solutions that allow making best use of the technical capacity provided by the models developed in WP1-4.

Task 5.1: Case study selection


Three case studies (rabies, blue tongue and classical swine fever) were selected by partners, representing different modes of hazard transmission (e.g. vector-borne, food-borne) using agreed criteria. We used a multi-criteria pathogen prioritisation methodology as a basis for selecting the most appropriate case studies for a generic risk assessment framework.


Case study selection, report available in pdf:  


Oral presentation and poster at the European

College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)

Annual General Meeting,

on the 26-28 August 2016


Publication: being drafted

Task 5.2 Data exchange


Data on disease outbreaks and related information are exchanged between different offices and services both within and between countries. Because outbreaks do not stop at national borders, information needs to be transmitted and understood regardless from where they originate but unfortunately data sharing remains a challenge. 


The selected case studies were used to discuss issues around data availability and data sharing processes with members of the Technical Advisory Group for Data Exchange (TechADE) formed, in addition to the consortium members, by members from FLI-Germany, CVI-Netherland, CODA-CERVA-Belgium, EFSA and FAO.  


A “survey on data sharing” conducted by SAFOSO aimed to assess the hurdles and obstacles the consortium members are faced with when accessing data for parameterising the three case studies. Key findings of the survey are available for consultation.


Further elements related to data sharing are described in the Data Interface Protocol (DIP). The DIP describes the key technical, legal and organizational elements that are required for the implementation of a sustained, reliable and rapid data exchange for the purpose of trans-boundary disease management. A long-term objective of a protocol is to become accepted as a standard operating procedure.


Survey on data sharing and Data Interface Protocol, report available in pdf:


Diagram of flow of data:

Task 5.3 Organisational solutions for trans-boundary, emerging risks


While some work has been conducted on emergency response and risk management in the context of natural disasters and public health, little information is available on transboundary risk management in relation to animal health. It is accepted, that in a European setting, that risk management is a distributed and shared activity and collaborative process. Shared awareness and shared information are therefore also expected to be essential.


A survey on risk management is being implemented by SAFOSO to describe the current practices for risk identification and collaborative risk management among Member States in Europe and to identify gaps and challenges that may delay emergency response.

Figure 1: Data flow diagram. From the primary data sources data are transferred to subnational, national and international databases.  From databases, the data, as data or information, are then transferred to final users (blue and grey circles). Blue arrow indicates provision of primary data whereas yellow arrow shows the bi-directional transfer of information and feedback.  

Work package 5 SAFOSO poster on data interface protocol accepted at SVEPM March 21st to 23rd 2018 in Estonia

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