Coronavirus: Business and technology in a pandemic
From cancelled conferences to disrupted supply chains, not a corner of the global economy is immune to the spread of COVID-19.
Data about theis being aggregated and prepped in a rapid clip as tech vendors are creating a stack of analysis tools for amateur epidemiologists as well as data science wonks.
Here’s the upshot: This novel coronavirus outbreak may be the most visualized ever.
The first data analysis dashboard and aggregation tool appeared shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak in China. The dashboard, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, has become a go-to data source since it visualizes and aggregates data from WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, DXY, 1point3acres, Worldometers.info, BNO, state and national government health departments, and local media reports.
Johns Hopkins also put the data on GitHub for use. Since the launch of that dashboard January 23, COVID-19 has become arguably the most visualized pandemic data set. While the sets were available from a variety of sources, the latest efforts revolve around providing clean data for analysis.
A tour of various efforts.
- Tableau is taking the Johns Hopkins data and publishing a starter dashboard. Tableau’s contribution to the effort revolves around preparing the data and making it available in various formats and a visualization template.
- Esri is applying its mapping and geolocation expertise to COVID-19 tracking. Esri has also localized COVID-19 case data and combined it with bed availability data from Definitive Healthcare. The dashboard, which uses Esri’s ArcGIS Business Analyst software, gives a snapshot of preparedness at the county level.
- Open source data sets have also been helpful. Researchers and Atlantic writers are pulling together data from numerous sources using open-source software.
- GitHub has a series of data sets on novel coronavirus as does data.world and Kaggle, which has competitions, forecasts and visualizations.
- Reddit’s Data is Beautiful is a place to highlight a bevy of visualizations from hobbyists and data scientists. Our World in Data also has a strong overview of COVID-19 research and data.
- Snowflake, a cloud data platform announced data services firm Starschema has listed a free data set that aims to be a single-source of truth for incidence and mortality in COVID-19 cases. The data can be augmented with population density and geolocations.
- IBM has aggregated COVID-19 data and integrated it with The Weather Channel app, which will meld weather data and local novel coronavirus incidents. Via its The Weather Channel App, IBM’s subsidiary can get relevant COVID-19 data to its 300 million active monthly users. The IBM visualizations rhymes with efforts from Google and Microsoft Bing, which aim to bring COVID-19 data to the masses.