The University of Pittsburgh has launched Project Tycho, a Web site offering open access to digitized U.S. weekly reported surveillance data for contagious diseases dating back to 1888.

There are no restrictions to use of the data. In the past 125 years, disease reporting processes changed regularly, leading to different data counts (cases or deaths in a specific location and time period). This complicated integrating and standardizing the data, which currently is available through three levels of varying completeness.

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