Impact of Coronavirus , 24,000 Research Papers, 5 Billion Records Breached, Alternative Data, Location Data & Tableau

We begin with an article on unconventional sources of data, such as internet speed that provides clarity about the true scale of the Coronavirus crisis. The next article is about efforts to aggregate over 24,000 research papers on COVID-19 with the aim of accelerating scientific research. After this is a story on a data breach at Keepnet Labs, which has exposed 5 billion records that consisted of emails, passwords, email domains, and other sensitive information. Then we have a piece about how alternative data is required by central banks, investors and governments. Then, we include a story on cellphone location data, its use in social distancing and as a measure against COVID-19 recession. Lastly, we include an article about the Coronavirus dashboard data of John Hopkins University made available and accessible by Tableau.

Hidden data is revealing the true scale of the coronavirus outbreak

Something was wrong with Malaysia’s internet. It was March 13, and the more Simon Angus looked at the data, the more he suspected that the country might be in the midst of a coronavirus crisis.

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Over 24,000 coronavirus research papers are now available in one place

The news: Today researchers collaborating across several organizations released the Covid-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), which includes over 24,000 research papers from peer-reviewed journals as well as sources like bioRxiv and medRxiv (websites where scientists can post non-peer-reviewed preprint papers).

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Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after a Keepnet Labs Elasticsearch “data breach database” housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected.

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Central Bank And Those Hungry for Alternative Data to Navigate Coronavirus Crisis

On February 28, foot traffic in three busy retail areas in Seattle started dropping. From 373,801 visitors to South Lake Union on that Friday, pedestrian footfall steadily declined so that by Wednesday, March 4, it was just 242,985.

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How our cellphone location data can save us from a COVID-19 recession

It’s clear that COVID-19 has become a significant threat to our health globally, prompting many governments to undertake draconian measures to contain the epidemic. Most governments are relying on travel restrictions, isolation, and social distancing as the preeminent methods of stopping the spread of the virus.

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Tableau makes Johns Hopkins Coronavirus data available for the rest of us

I’m a data person and, if you’re reading this, you probably are too. I like to be informed about, and maintain control over situations. Data helps me with the former and at least provides the illusion of attaining the latter. 

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