Data Sharing Resources

The RCN on Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 encourages laboratories to share their raw data in open data repositories when possible. Here we have collected resources to assist laboratories in data sharing & deposition efforts. Resources here include data dictionaries & reporting frameworks, data repositories, and databases.

Deposit your data in our figshare collection!

The RCN has developed a figshare collection for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater data to serve as a resource for the research community to more easily locate, analyze, and share open source data. To include your data in our collection, upload it to figshare and then fill out the submission form here.

Topic-Specific Resources

RCN Data Sharing Standardization Guide

  • Peer-reviewed & published framework for data reporting
  • Provides a table of recommended metadata variables to include with wastewater surveillance efforts

NORMAN / SCoRE SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage (SC2S)

  • Open access database focused on European countries
  • Provides a fillable Excel template
  • Eligibility for inclusion in the database is determined on a case-by-case basis and must adhere to the provided Excel framework

Global Water Pathogens Project Wastewater SPHERE

  • Under development
  • Expected to contain an open database for data analysis and deposition

Ottawa Wastewater Surveillance Data Model

  • Primarily a data reporting structure & metadata dictionary for Canadian wastewater surveillance data
  • Provides a fillable Excel template

US CDC National Wastewater Surveillance System

  • Includes guidance on data collection, reporting, and analytics
  • Data are managed in the DCIPHER platform, available only to US public health officials

General Resources

Institutional Repositories

  • Many institutions maintain open data repositories to house data from affiliated projects
  • Check with your institution’s library or research staff


  • General open access repository for any type of data
  • The RCN is maintaining a figshare collection for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance data. See the information at the top of this page to submit your data to our collection.


  • Open collaborative environment for sharing of data and processing pipelines