Publish existing data following open data guidelines
Identifying existing datasets for priority dissemination is the first step to
leveraging open data for action during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than focus
on collecting new data, national statistical offices should locate existing
useful data from traditional and non-traditional sources and publish them while
adhering to open data standards to maximize access and usability. This section
identifies resources to understand the state of open statistical data in a
country, examples of data published by others that are critical to understanding
COVID-19, and initiatives underway that use data to stop the pandemic.
Tools to understand the state of open data in your country
Open Data Inventory (Open Data Watch): A
tool for NSOs to discover how complete and open their statistical offerings
are. The Open Data Inventory also identifies key datasets and disaggregations
for countries to prioritize.
Open Data Barometer
(World Wide Web Foundation): An index focused on the readiness,
implementation, and impact of open government data that includes, but is not
limited to, national statistics.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides a
on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide in downloadable
form, as well as a
with latest surveillance data with case tallies, deaths, and maps of the
spread of the virus.
The OECD Secretariat is calling for evidence on the release and use of
Open Government Data (OGD) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The
live and open repository
will reflect the different uses of data as we move through the COVID-19