COVID-19 Knowledge Accelerator

Introduction video

What is the basic idea?

We need to know how to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19. The sooner we know what works the sooner we overcome. We learn what works by carefully evaluating all the relevant research and observations. We have a lot to learn and we have many people who know how to do this careful evaluation to learn it.

One way we accelerate our knowledge about COVID-19 is to share what we learn and coordinate among the many working to develop our knowledge. This way we reduce excess duplication and cover more needs. A focus of the COVID-19 Knowledge Accelerator is for people creating the systematic reviews of our research to share and coordinate their efforts. But there are other purposes of this project. Let's help each other learn how to do it faster while we are doing it.

Another way we accelerate our knowledge about COVID-19 is to use computers in advanced ways like what may be called artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine intelligence, natural language processing, supercomputers, or high-performance computing. Computers are not able to do this yet because we have not yet trained a machine how to evaluate scientific research to determine what works. The people doing the systematic reviews can train the machine on what they do, and the machine can be developed to help the people do it faster. Let's help each other learn how to do it faster while we are doing it.

For a 2-page summary of this idea see COVID-19 Knowledge Accelerator: Help Us Help Us Overcome COVID-19 Impact at the Speed of Thought


How can I help?

Click here to sign up to any of 10 active work groups. You can sign up as an individual or as an organization to register your offer to help.

  • Standards Development: Refine the FHIR® schema and terminologies
    • This work group will maintain the FHIR Citation, Evidence, EvidenceReport, and EvidenceVariable Resources.
    • The work group activity can be seen at the EBMonFHIR Confluence page.
    • Meeting time: Mondays at 7:00am to 8:00am ET, and Thursdays at 7:00am to 8:00am ET
  • Content Citation and Classification Tools Development: Refine or contribute to providing user interfaces or APIs or transformations
    • This work group will allow system developers to share knowledge and tools.
    • Meeting time: Thursdays at 9:00am to 10:00am ET
  • Evidence Evaluation and Reporting Tools Development: Refine or contribute to providing user interfaces or APIs or transformations
    • This work group will allow system developers to share knowledge and tools.
    • Meeting time: Tuesdays at 10:00am to 11:00am ET
  • Classifying Content: Define and demonstrate concepts and processes to classify content (study design, PICO elements)
    • The COKA Classifying Content Process Development Work Group will develop and maintain processes for classification of COVID-19 related articles. Classifications may include: article type, study design, domain, and detailed description of PICO elements and other evidence variables.
    • Meeting time: Tuesdays at 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET
  • Statistical Content: Define and demonstrate concepts and processes to report statistics
    • The COKA Statistics Process Development Work Group will develop and maintain processes for expression of statistical data.
    • Meeting time: Wednesdays at 9:00am to 10:00am ET
  • Rating Quality: Define and demonstrate concepts and processes to rate study quality (including certainty of evidence)
    • The COKA Quality/Certainty Rating Process Development Work Group will develop and maintain processes for expression of assessments of quality or certainty regarding evidence at both the level of study results and bodies of evidence.
    • Meeting time: Fridays at 9:00am to 10:00am ET
  • Summarization: Define and demonstrate concepts and processes to summarize content
    • The COKA Summarization Process Development Work Group will develop and maintain processes for summarization of evidence results.
    • Meeting time: Mondays at 4:00pm to 5:00pm ET
  • Recommendation/CDS: Liaise with other groups to coordinate with COKA efforts
    • The COKA Recommendation/CDS Liaison Work Group will coordinate with other consortia (e.g. ACTS, CDC ACG, COVID-END) to apply COKA related concepts to knowledge acceleration for recomendations and clinical decision support.
    • Meeting time: Wednesdays at 8:00am to 9:00am ET
  • Coordination: Project coordination
    • Meeting time: Mondays at 9:00am to 10:00am ET, and Thursdays at 4:00pm to 5:00pm ET
  • Communication: Increase awareness of the effort, including scholarly communication
    • Meeting time: Fridays at 10:00am to 11:00am ET

How to Join the Meetings

To attend any of these working group meetings use this link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting.

Who is behind this?

Soon we should be able to answer this with a big list, derived by compiling the lists of everyone signing up for any of the project support roles noted above. As of March 27, 2020 this is an idea offered by Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAMIA. Ideas are derived by building on the contributions of others and this idea is developed by Dr. Alper's roles or interactions with the following groups (in alphabetical order):

As of June 26, 2020, COKA had more than 100 working meetings with more than 40 active participants from more than 25 organizations from acedemia, industry, government, and non-profits in 7 countries.


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Email Brian Alper: balper@ebsco.com
COVID-19 Knowledge Accelerator Google Drive