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Get yer Merican Corona data here

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2020-04-02

The US might be bad at universal healthcare, gun control and electing decent presidents (admittedly, the latter seems to be a global problem), but it is very good at data. And The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project is a true example of the best of America: clever engineering, committed people, teamwork, and the resources to do something well. The project amalgamates the latest data from each state, from whatever source happens to get the newest figures (press releases, press conferences, site updates etc), to give a timely picture of the Coronavirus across the US.

“Our team now includes more than 100 volunteer data-grabbers, journalists, scientists, visualization specialists, designers, project managers, and many other great people.”

The COVID Tracking Project

If you want to plug this data into your project, you can get it as a spreadsheet or CSV or JSON API. There’s even a GraphQL option. (Playground here.)

One thing that is glaringly absent is a license for reusing the data. The closest thing to that is the QA: “[Q] If I cite numbers from this site, how should I credit the source? [A] The COVID Tracking Project.”

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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