As the field of veterinary syndromic surveillance continues to develop, the adoption of syndromic classification standards becomes essential in order to promote maturity of the field and allow comparability of outputs from systems using different animal health data sources from different origins.
The National Veterinary Institute in Sweden (SVA), in collaboration with researchers from the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER) in the Atlantic Veterinay College in Canada, the Veterinary Public Health Institute (VPHI) from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), have launched a project entitled Standardising Syndromic Classification in Animal Health Data (SSynCAHD). Recognizing that institutions will continue to record animal health data according to their own standards and vocabularies, and recognizing also that data sharing across countries is not easily achievable, SSynCAHD proposes to harmonise syndromic surveillance data use rather than data recording. That would be achieved by standardising the classification of records into syndromes. The advantages would include: an ability to achieve syndromic classification from different sources of data which are (and will continue to be) recorded using the institutions own vocabulary; the ability to compare VSS system outputs; and the more timely development of VSS systems.
In order to achieve that, SSynCAHD will make use of current technologies of information management and sharing, which are aimed at promoting intelligent access to data. In particular, SSynCAHD will be informed by the latest thinking relating to the Semantic Web, which supports the development of frameworks to maximize the potential of data sharing and reuse.
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May 2014: First workshop gathering experts in veterinary syndromic surveillance, held in conjunction with the International Conference of Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS) in Cuba.
Click here for a full report of the project goals and results of the first workshop.
July 2014: The project is awarded funding from Vinnova (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) for a project planning phase to be carried out from October 2014 through June 2015.
March 2015: Second workshop following the annual meetin gof the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Ghent. Click here to access the workshop notes and slides.
Project documents and publications:
Project goals and result of the first workshop
Abstract: International Conference of Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS), Havana, Cuba, May 2014.
Second workshop: notes and slides.