Outbreak.info Research Library: a standardized, searchable platform to discover and explore COVID-19 resources

Nat Methods. 2023 Apr;20(4):536-540. doi: 10.1038/s41592-023-01770-w. Epub 2023 Feb 23.


Outbreak.info Research Library is a standardized, searchable interface of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) publications, clinical trials, datasets, protocols and other resources, built with a reusable framework. We developed a rigorous schema to enforce consistency across different sources and resource types and linked related resources. Researchers can quickly search the latest research across data repositories, regardless of resource type or repository location, via a search interface, public application programming interface (API) and R package.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2