NBIC Biofeeds: Deploying a New, Digital Tool for Open Source Biosurveillance across Federal Agencies


NBIC integrates, analyzes, and distributes key information about health and disease events to help ensure the nation’s responses are well-informed, save lives, and minimize economic impact. To meet its mission objectives, NBIC utilizes a variety of data sets, including open source information, to provide comprehensive coverage of biological events occurring across the globe. NBIC Biofeeds is a digital tool designed to improve the efficiency of analyzing large volumes of open source reporting and increase the number of relevant insights gleaned from this dataset. Moreover, the tool provides a mechanism to disseminate tailored, electronic message notifications in near-real time so that NBIC can share specific information of interest to its interagency partners in a timely manner. NBIC is deploying the tool for operational use by the Center and eventual use by federal partners with biosurveillance mission objectives. Core functionality for data collection, curation, and dissemination useful to other federal agencies was implemented, and NBIC is incorporating custom taxonomies for capturing metadata specific to the unique missions of NBIC partners.


The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is deploying a scalable, flexible open source data collection, analysis, and dissemination tool to support biosurveillance operations by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its federal interagency partners.

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January, 2018

January 25, 2018

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