With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of potential substances for treatment or prevention of the disease is prevalent. The sheer amount of data is challenging to process, even for experts. However, the topic is very relevant for the general public, which can be easily influenced by the media and various public figures who are not experts in the field. This can make the information received confusing or even conflicting.
The database serves to provide scientific data that is annotated for easier orientation but without any bias. This way, the researchers can quickly familiarise themselves with the current data and build on it. The public can also profit from the database. Anyone can easily access both the supporting and the contradictory data on a substance, which could help them better understand it and form an opinion.
However, this requires knowledge of these resources - no matter how freely accessible and downloadable the content is, is it truly "open" when people do not know about it? Without its users, the whole project, however exceptionally executed, would not be worth much. Thus, the project recommendation would be to focus even more on promoting open and accessible data to reach as larger an audience as possible. Many different channels must be employed to make data accessible to the general population, considering the current trends.