Why Join the Collaborative?

Why Join the Collaborative?


Why join the Collaborative as a data contributor? Qualified data contributors generally receive free subscriptions to NCBP’s core capabilities and benefits, including the NCBP System, a secure, collaborative platform that provides near real-time visibility into multiple layers of data from several sources. You will have the ability to visualize customized analysis of your own data and generate user-defined reports from that data. In addition, you can access to summary-level data from the greater Collaborative. Learn more about the NCBP System.

During the enrollment process, Collaborative members also receive assistance scrubbing their own uploaded data and statistics as well as guidance on information sharing and data management best practices.


National biopreparedness requires the integration and analysis of multiple layers of data, including human health, animal health, food safety, and environmental indicators. Historically, this data has been held at the local level by a diverse group of data owners, out of reach of security and health analysts in other jurisdictions. Our common collaborative platform makes it possible for disparate groups to share this vital data in near real-time, signaling the Department of Homeland Security and local users of possible threats in biospheric conditions.

Business Use Cases


Every day, large-scale events (sporting events, mass gatherings) are planned and executed across the country. Detailed planning sessions and briefings with event managers, emergency managers, and responders occur months ahead of these events to prepare for possible environmental changes and coordinate effective response.

By identifying, incorporating, and analyzing a number of relevant data streams, event managers could use the NCBP System as a tool for tracking the staging of personnel for a large-scale event, monitoring how those personnel are managing the event, and other emergencies or public health threats occurring outside of the event. This could assist local leaders in developing staffing models for large-scale events that are informed by historical data. If the data is being uploaded in near real-time, decision-makers could also use the tool to gauge the status of the event as it is taking place and more rapidly disseminate information during a mass incident.

Mass Event Preparedness
Overdose Detection and Prevention


The Midwest has recently experienced an exaggerated increase in the availability of heroin, and with it has come an increase in fatal opioid overdoses. EMS and first responders attempt to combat these deaths by deploying doses of Narcan (naloxone) immediately after arriving on scene whenever signs of overdose are apparent. Naloxone is indicated for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression induced by both natural and synthetic opioids.

The predictive analytics capabilities of the NCBP System allow data owners to use historical EMS data to identify trends in the use of naloxone by geographic location, date, and time. Using the NCBP System as a tool to track and visualize where and when naloxone is being deployed could assist EMS in predicting drug overdoses by region. Insights drawn from this mapped data could also assist law enforcement in predictive policing of drug transactions, transportation, and manufacturing.

Additional related data could be incorporated into the tool to provide further insights into the correlated public health effects of intravenous drug use, such as the number of HIV and hepatitis C cases in a geographic area. Having the ability to map these episodes and inject preemptive help could reduce disease transmission and deaths.