The nature of a crisis is that it both magnifies our systemic shortcomings while also inspiring innovation. COVID-19, as a long-term global crisis has followed suit, exposing inadequate data systems, lack of interoperability, and delayed and rather terse communication systems. At the same time, needs such as pattern prediction, trend analysis and real-time reporting inspired innovation.
Geospatial tools provide unparalleled opportunities to solve pandemic challenges. Early in the pandemic, the dashboard that Johns Hopkins University stood up served as the only global resource for real-time situational awareness. It has since received trillions of hits and inspired similar dashboards for other geographies, including countries, states, and provinces, cities, and more.
In this session, we review the innovations fueled by modern geographic information systems and their implications for a more resilient future. Panelists will speak from a variety of perspectives about finding and collating COVID-19 data; performing analysis of the data to reveal salient and actionable information; pairing GIS and cloud technology as the foundation for collaboration and interactivity; and creating maps and dashboards to visualize and communicate the scientific information in a form that people from all over the world can digest quickly, easily and accurately.