Google’s open source data to study impact of COVID-19

This will help researchers to formulate regional data since only national or state-level information may be available for some countries.

Updated - September 28, 2020 01:29 pm IST

Published - September 21, 2020 05:23 pm IST

The repository contains aggregate anonymised search trends data of over 400 symptoms.

The repository contains aggregate anonymised search trends data of over 400 symptoms.

Google has developed an open source data repository for researchers to study the impact of COVID-19. Economic indicators and population statistics of over 50 countries are included in the datasets, Google said in a statement.

The data can be accessed using Data Commons, BigQuery datasets, and other regional dataset aggregators.

The repository contains aggregate anonymised search trends data of over 400 symptoms. This is said to be useful to researchers studying potential secondary health impacts.

It also includes anonymised insights into movement trends to understand the impact of shelter-in-home policies.

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Since setting up in April, these reports have been downloaded over 16 million times, and are updated thrice a week in 64 languages, Google said.

Google has also developed an open source simulator with real-world data to help public health organisations fine tune their exposure notification settings.

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