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UCGIS's GIScience & COVID Panel Discussion

O'Sullivan et al (2020), Spatially explicit models for exploring COVID‐19 lockdown strategies. Transactions in GIS Open access. 


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the CARSI Model for COVID prevalence

The CARSI (Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information) Model uses an embedded recursive SIR (suseptable, infected, removed) model to simultaneously solve for two key epidemiological parameters Ro and the contact ratio (CR). 

Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI), Hunter College 

Spatially explicit models for exploring COVID‐19 lockdown strategies

This article describes two spatially explicit models created to allow experimentation with different societal responses to the COVID‐19 pandemic. 

O'Sullivan et al (2020), Transactions in GIS DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12660. Free access article. 

Census Bureau's Weekly Pulse Survey

The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data on a range of ways in which people’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Data will be disseminated in near real-time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning.

Household Pulse Survey, US Census Bureau

COVID-19 Dashboard

A dashboard that highlights the spatial and temporal dimensions of the outbreak in its social and economic contexts, using a blend of exploratory spatial data and visualization techniques. Source and code available on Github.

Department of Geography, The Ohio State University

Coronavirus SoS

Knowledge map of coronavirus research, computed from 15,000 articles, highlighting contributing research fields and scientific concepts, and presented as story map and dashboard. Story map featured by Esri as one of twelve "Innovative uses of story maps during the COVID-19 pandemic." 

BIG:DATA at the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), San Diego State University

Movement and COVID-19

Report with analyses answering questions about movement, such as what kinds of jobs/industries are associated with more movement or less movement, and which parts of the world are staying home & avoiding non-essential retail+entertainment.

Friendly Cities Lab at Georgia Tech University

Mapping Human Mobility Changes

The web portal integrates the U.S. county-level mobile phone location data to map daily human mobility changes (travel distance and stay-at-home time) across the nation and shows how people reacted to the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders.

GeoDS Lab at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Datasets, Dataverses, and Files related to COVID-19


Harvard Dataverse is a repository for research data and code. Coverage is extensive and global. 

Harvard Dataverse, Harvard University

COVID-19 Positive Cases by County in the US

Point pulse map of positive COVID-19 cases by county in the US including animation from 01/21/2020

Center for Geospatial Information Science, University of Maryland


A Knowledge Graph for Geographically Integrated COVID-19 Data

Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara

Conrad Blucher Institute COVID-19 Dashboard

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying & Science is mapping the effects of COVID-19 on the State of Texas and the Coastal Bend.

Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying & Science, of the Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

COVID-19 Cases, Connecticut

An interactive dashboard showing COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations by town in Connecticut.

Department of Geography, University of Connecticut

Tracking COVID-19 with Social Media and GIS

 Analytic dashboards, GIS maps, and  visualization graphs to track and monitor COVID-19 outbreaks and impacts to the regional and local communities in San Diego and California.

The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, San Diego State University

COVID-19, China Data Lab Dataverse 


China Data Lab, Harvard University

new COVID-19 research literature, from NIH

Literature searches from NIH's COVID-19 Portfolio resulting from searches on "geographic information systems," "spatial," and "geographic"

National Institutes of Health

Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus - Global subsampling

Data, visualization, mapping: this phylogeny shows evolutionary relationships of hCoV-19 (or SARS-CoV-2) viruses from the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Graphs4Good GraphHack Projects

COVID research using graph databases


Social Distancing Scoreboard

An interactive Scoreboard, updated daily, to empower organizations to measure and understand the efficacy of social distancing initiatives at the local level.


Facebook & Carnegie Mellon University COVID-19 Symptom Map

This map shows an estimated percentage of people with COVID-19 symptoms, not confirmed cases. Facebook uses aggregated public data from a survey conducted by Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center.

Facebook's DataForGood

COVID-19 Data behind Johns Hopkins Dashboard

The GitHub data repository for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Visual Dashboard operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE).

Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Data 


About Data Responsibility for COVID-19

COVID-related data, plus the members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Sub-Group on Data Responsibility has developed this FAQ to support people around the world working with data in the COVID-19 response. The ongoing response presents a range of challenges and opportunities around the safe, ethical, and effective management of data. 

The Humanitarian Data Exchange, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs


Maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Rapid Response Gateway

A Gateway to COVID-19 Data, Information and Knowledge

IUCRC Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (George Mason University, UC Santa Barbara, and Harvard University)
COVID-19 Testing Sites Mapping Program

To facilitate public access to COVID-19 testing site location data, GISCorps has configured a mobile-friendly public Testing Site Locator application. In addition, a public view layer of the Testing Sites dataset is available as an ArcGIS REST service or a JSON file for anyone who would like to use it.


WhereCOVID-19 notebooks map multi-scale spread of COVID-19 and assess related impacts by integrating diverse geospatial data, analysis, and modeling capabilities based on CyberGIS-Jupyter, an innovative cyberGIS framework for conducting data-intensive, reproducible, and scalable geospatial analytics using Jupyter Notebooks as the primary user environment.

CyberGIS Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Mapping COVID Data

Yale researchers in medicine, nursing public health, engineering, and the social sciences have teamed up to create This project includes geospatial maps to visualize large data sets in unique and interesting ways.

 Yale University
Coronavirus Resource Center

This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

Johns Hopkins University


Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul Rebeckah Jones, GIS Manager for the Florida Department of Health, was terminated from her position. Previously she had been recognized for her work in promoting state-wide data and making it accessible to all.   Article from the Florida Today newspaper.

Less traffic means more Ohioans are pushing the gas pedal. INRIX traffic data shows evidence of increased speeding in Ohio's cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis was conducted by Ohio State's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.  

Declines in public transit demand show essential workers' reliance on COTA and similar services. Study about impacts on transportation patterns by Ohio State's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.

The Computer Algorithm that Among the First to Detect the Coronavirus Outbreak. Bill Whitaker on 60 Minutes, Monday April 27, 2020. Describes BlueDot's location data and their team (includes geographers), Esri's contributions in California, and other geo-AI relevance to early detection. 

China Lifts Lockdown, But Strict Controls Still Curb Residents.  Emily Feng on NPR, Saturday April 25, 2020.  Describes complications resulting from uncoordinated efforts at monitoring a person's location across geographic administrative scales. 


Geospatial Fellows Program

Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) conceptualization project has recently created a Geospatial Fellows program to foster collaborative work on advancing COVID-19 research and education.

Apply by July 31, 2020. Find more info at and become a Geospatial Fellow to join the collaborative fight against the COVID-19 crisis.

CyberGIS Center, University Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Workshop: Geospatial Needs for a Pandemic-Resilient World

On 17 June 2020, the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine will host an online workshop on Geospatial Needs for a Pandemic-Resilient World.  This workshop will explore the needs of federal agencies, organizations, and scientists for geospatial data science to understand and respond to epidemics/pandemics and developing infrastructure and policies that facilitate effective management and graceful recovery from these types of shocks.  This workshop is free and open to the public.

Mapping Science Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Panel: GIScience and COVID-19

This panel session brought together experts to discuss how the Geographic Information Science community can address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, economic, social, environmental, political, transportation, and other systems, including highlights from several current GIS&T-COVID-19 research initiatives. 

Panelists included Amy Friedlander (NSF); Patricia Solis (Arizona State University); Michael Emch (University of North Carolina); Shaowen Wang (University of Illinois); and Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland). 

Slides from the session are available here, and a recording of the panel can be found here.

UCGIS 2020 Symposium

CGA VIRTUAL FORUM: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Geospatial Research and Applications

Hosted by Harvard University's Center for Geographic Analysis, this virtual forum will focus on time-sensitive COVID-19 topics. This session took place on Friday May 1, 2020, and slides from presenters can be downloaded here. 

Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University 


Incorporating Geographic Information Science and Technology into Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Charlotte Smith and Jeremy Mennis. Commentary in US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease: Continuing the Commitment to Improve Population Health, a special supplement of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. Volume 17, July 9, 2020. 

As COVID-19 Accelerates, Governments Must Harness Mobile Data to Stop Spread: Despite privacy concerns, “contact tracing” using GPS data may be our best bet to contain this large and fast-growing pandemic.  

by Shashi Shekhar and Apurv Hirsh Shekhar, March 24, 2020. The MIT Press Reader

GIS in this Time of Crisis: A Note from Jack Dangermond (video, 11 minutes). April 13, 2020.