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White House Issues Call to Action on AI for Combating COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy released a “Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset.”

OSTP announced that they had worked in tandem with researchers from industry and academia to put together a dataset of “the most extensive machine-readable Coronavirus literature collection.” The collection was constructed via a unique collaboration between Microsoft, NLM, CZI, and the Allen Institute for AI, coordinated by Georgetown University.

Most importantly, with the dataset’s release, the White House and these partner institutions are calling for artificial intelligence expertise across the country to work to “develop new text and data mining techniques that can help the science community answer high-priority scientific questions” related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Further, OSTP said they are working to collaborate with several countries on data mining tools being applied to synthesize articles applying artificial intelligence tools in repositories such as Kaggle and PudMed. The release stated: "It is important that information sharing continues across the nations in order to characterize the virus."

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