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April 2020 : launching of WPRN - World Pandemic Research Network

15 apr 2020 18:00 - 18:05

The first global, real-time directory of research & research resources on the societal and human impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a time when the world is facing a major health challenge, the Natural and Life Sciences are mobilizing to find vaccines and remedies. At the same time, and without further delay, the Social Sciences and Humanities are moving to the forefront to help our societies face the wave of socio-economic crisis that will follow. This mobilization, because it is unprecedented, needs new resources to coordinate, new formats to build, reflexivity to learn from our successes and our mistakes in view of the next crises. The World Pandemic Research Network (WPRN) through its platform www.wprn.org will contribute to meeting these needs.

WPRN offers an infrastructure serving research communities based on both crowdsourcing and the mobilization of distributed referent expertise. It documents in real time what is being done in the world. It allows everyone to record their resources (research projects, calls for proposals, surveys, seminars, etc.), but also to know who is doing what and where, and to get in touch with the relevant managers.

WPRN differs from other initiatives by the priority given to the human and social sciences, the robustness of its infrastructure anchored in the cloud and because it mobilizes an international and interdisciplinary network of "referents" who sort the projects, providing a first level scientific edition. Partner institutions may mark projects with the "coat of arms" of their cognitive authority.

WPRN allows the sharing of data, questionnaires, hypotheses in real time - while maintaining the intellectual property (authorship) system of tracking and accountability. It creates the conditions for accelerating "good" research and the emergence of new collaborative research formats.

Initiated by the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, WPRN has already received support from the International Academic Union, which federates some 100 Academies in the humanities and social sciences in more than 60 countries, the European and global networks of Institutes of Advanced Studies NETIAS and UBIAS, the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), and the International Panel for Social Progress (IPSP). Other contacts are underway at the international and French levels.

More info : www.wprn.org

15 Apr 2020 18:05
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