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The University of Michigan Medical School created the Vaccine Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN) because the vaccine research field lacked a web-based central repository where researchers could easily retrieve the vast amount of data underlying hundreds of years of research. Not only has VIOLIN provided the online database, the database is easily accessible via the VIOLIN API.
Wading through reams of paperwork to gather data is no-one's cup of tea. Even in this day and age, not everything is achieved with the click of a mouse, and unfortunately, there are still many who have to sort through information gathered from hand written surveys, census forms and the like.