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METHODOLOGY

A Consortium of seven partners was created, including six National Public health Institutes with high skills in the field of vaccine preventable diseases (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy; Institut de Veille Sanitaire, France; Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland; National Institute of Public Health, Poland; Statens Serum Institut, Denmark; Robert Koch Institute, Germany). A no profit Consortium of Universities (CINECA, Italy), operating in the technological transfer sector through high performance scientific computing, gives the information technological support to the Consortium.

A seven person management team (PMT), including the Project Leader and six persons representative of the partners of the Consortium, was established to ensure that the aims and objectives of the project are met.

The day-to-day management of the project is undertaken by the project co-ordinator at ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità).

The Venice network is constituted by the experts working in immunisation programs from the 31 participating countries (28 EU member states plus EEA countries i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The technical collaborative network working in the VENICE I and VENICE II projects is going to migrate to an official ECDC network.

For each country, an operational contact point (OCP) will be identified and nominated by the Competent Body (CB) of the countries.

The VENICE web platform consist of a private area and a public one.

The private area is used to:

  • collect data and information from EU/EEA countries through specific web-based surveys and other tools for data collection;
  • exchange and share documents and information among experts.

The public area is used to:

  • describe the project, its objectives, methods and planned deliverables
  • disseminate the VENICE results to participating countries and health care professionals, as reports and publications
  • provide a link to information from national and European regulatory bodies, international organisations such as the WHO, other European related projects
  • encourage the use of standard approaches to vaccination strategies and data collection across the EU/EEA Member States.

Methods fall into three categories:

  1. Management outputs: co-ordinating the communication process between participating member states, identifying and co-ordinating the working groups, developing and managing the process for bringing together documentation from member states, overseeing the development and maintenance of the website.
  2. Epidemiological outputs: providing the skills and knowledge required to achieve the project's objectives and ensure the quality control of the contents of the website.
  3. Information Technology outputs: providing the skills and knowledge required to develop and maintain the website and to develop web-based survey for data collection from participating countries.