"Information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e., where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body" -ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997- Expanded in New York, 2004
"Gray literature...refers to informally published written material (such as reports) that may be difficult to trace via conventional channels such as published journals and monographs because it is not published commercially or is not widely accessible." - Wikipedia definition of "grey/gray literature"
Types of grey literature include web 2.0 communication channels, ePrints, preprints, post prints, email, texts, listserv archives, wiki articles, images, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings and abstracts, clinical trials and practice guidelines, technical reports, standards, patents, newsletters, videos, etc.
OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.
DengueNet, built on the Global Health Atlas platform, is the World Health Organization's central data management system for the global epidemiological and virological surveillance of dengue fever (DF) and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) created in partnership with WHO Regional and Country Offices, Ministries of Heath, WHO Collaborating Centres and laboratories. The network collects standardized data from all DengueNet partners worldwide, and provides ready access to a variety of indicators such as incidence, case fatality rates (CFR), frequency and distribution of DF and DHF cases, number of fatalities and circulating virus serotypes.
The key objective of DengueNet is to provide a standard platform for sharing current surveillance data in order to detect and monitor incidence and trends of dengue and DHF. This system promotes greater standardization of dengue reporting, making national data more comparable than they are today. DengueNet also provides unrestricted access to useful information that can help public health professionals with advance warning of epidemics to improve preparedness, case management, and reduce fatality rates.
"FluNet is a global web-based tool for influenza virological surveillance first launched in 1997. The virological data entered into FluNet, e.g. number of influenza viruses detected by subtype, are critical for tracking the movement of viruses globally and interpreting the epidemiological data. The data at country level are publically available and updated weekly. The results are presented in various formats including tables, maps and graphs."