UU creates Covid-19 tracker that compares NI and ROI data

  • Ulster University (UU) researcher Dr Magda Bucholc has created a Covid-19 data tracker, which charts related positive cases, tests completed, and deaths across the island of Ireland.

    The tracker is available on the university’s website allowing the public to access a visual comparator of collated Covid-19 data from official cross-border government and health sources.

    It reports cases at the local government districts in Northern Ireland and county level across the Republic of Ireland, providing gender and age breakdowns of reported cases, growth rates, and statistics per 100,000 of the population.

    The tracker also visualises changes in daily mobility by region and across different categories of places and activities using Google and Apple feeds.

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    The collation of the figures aims to help viewers access temporal continuity through comparison in data fields over time.

    Dr Magda Bucholc is a lecturer in data analytics from UU’s School of Computing, Engineering, and Intelligent Systems.

    She has been compiling the available Northern Ireland data since mid-March and has recently added the same data parameters from the Republic of Ireland.

    The data curation is now co-ordinated by a larger team including herself, Dr Matthew Manktelow, and Mr Kevin Blake.

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    Dr Bucholc commented: “The availability of accurate and timely data to aid decision making is vital, especially during a global pandemic.

    “The Covid-19 tracker is updated daily using official sources of information and since its implementation we’ve received almost 40,000 website views. As a civic university we’re committed to playing our part in the fight against coronavirus and will continue to provide this essential data for as long as it is required.”

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    The Ulster University Covid-19 tracker can be viewed via https://nicovidtracker.org/.

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