Bringing trusted COVID-19 data from ECDC to Databroker

- By Valentina Ponomariova | May 12, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching consequences for our health, jobs, economic prosperity and life in general. With this global impact comes a united, global effort to fight back, and Databroker technology has a key role to play. We are proud to collaborate with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and bring data on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide to the Databroker marketplace. This data – updated and verified on a daily basis – can provide a cornerstone for businesses, journalists, researchers and experts worldwide, who need trusted facts and figures to help society stay one step ahead of COVID-19. 


The ongoing health crisis and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are inextricably linked, with governments worldwide enforcing measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. From transportation and tourism to energy, (non-food) retail, manufacturing and construction, many industries have been badly affected. Experts claim that many economies are expected to enter recession this year, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the global economy will shrink by 3% this year.  

To keep delivering vital social services, protect jobs, support business and save lives, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure Makhtar Diop urges the international community to “rally together to address these setbacks by advancing interventions in diverse sources of energy, sustainable transport and access to digital infrastructure and services that allow people to stay connected during these uncertain times.” The International Finance Corporation reiterates this, saying that “digital connectivity is critical to societal resilience and business continuity in times of crisis”.

Databroker facilitates data sharing and data transfer between public and private organisations

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that access to digital infrastructure and services is more important than ever. Moreover, access to trusted and actionable data has become absolutely essential. With its secure, peer-to-peer marketplace, Databroker responds to both these needs.

Since Databroker’s origins, we have tirelessly built an infrastructure where any organisation can share, sell and buy data. And we are committed to working closely with organisations that can leverage our technology to securely and instantly share their valuable knowledge and data.

We’re proud to announce that Databroker has started a collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to bring data on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide to the Databroker marketplace.

New COVID-19 cases reported per day and per country now available at Databroker


Databroker and the ECDC share the goal of making relevant scientific and technical data accessible and actionable. By using our technology, individuals and organisations can now access information, expertise and best practices collected and verified by the ECDC. 


Based in Sweden, the ECDC is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the ECDC Epidemic Intelligence team has been collecting the number of COVID-19 cases, based on reports from health authorities worldwide. 


The ECDC data that we share on Databroker is updated daily and contains the latest publicly available data on COVID-19. It is also free to download. 


Turning data into action


Having access to up-to-date information on the geographical spread of COVID-19 is vital for many different actors, and for many different purposes. And the role that such data plays in delivering insights depends on the ultimate goal:


  • In a world of misinformation, journalists, experts and opinion leaders need credible data in order to keep society informed with accurate and impartial news and fact-based accounts.


  • Academics, researchers and scientists need the latest information to support their work and publications.


  • In the world of business, having access to comprehensive, trustworthy data means that companies can determine customer needs in relation to geographical areas. Retailers can clearly see where the customer needs are, make informed decisions about what products are/will be in high demand, and determine appropriate product placement based on the local situation.


Get direct and free access to trusted data on the geographical spread of COVID-19 here.


“We’re excited to welcome the ECDC to the Databroker marketplace as a trusted source of information that is key to helping society and business navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We also believe that this collaboration between Databroker and ECDC is just the beginning of future joint efforts” says Matthew van Niekerk, Databroker CEO.


Public and private organisations that are collecting critical and valuable data have an opportunity to leverage our technology and share and sell their data on the Databroker platform. 


For those organisations, we offer:


  • widespread visibility of your data and increased awareness of your organisation thanks to our global reach;

  • full control of your data as it never touches the Databroker system; and

  • instant and secure sharing and selling of data without having to invest in data transfer technology or billing systems.


Interested in partnering with Databroker? Get in touch!