Big Data Hub Battling COVID-19



The Big Data Hubs: COVID Information Commons Network 

The COVID Information Commons (CIC) is your one-stop gateway to Covid researchers, online content, virtual networking, and other resources. CIC is an open website to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across various COVID research efforts, initiated by the NSF Convergence Accelerator. The initial focus of the CIC website is on NSF-funded COVID Rapid Response Research (RAPID) projects. The CIC serves as a resource for researchers, students and decision-makers from academia, government, not-for-profits and industry to identify collaboration opportunities, to leverage each other's research findings, and to accelerate the most promising research to mitigate the broad societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID Information Commons is funded by an NSF COVID RAPID Award #2028999, developed as a collaborative proposal led by the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub hosted by Columbia University, in collaboration with the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, South Big Data Innovation Hub, and West Big Data Innovation Hub. The award commenced in May 2020 and it is expected that the COVID Information Commons will continue to be available after the award period.

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PREPARE: Pandemic Research for Preparedness & Resilience

Pandemic Research for Preparedness & Resilience (PREPARE) is a virtual organization to foster increased discussion and collaboration among NSF-CISE COVID researchers who can collaborate on cutting-edge science, encourage resilience, and attack the next pandemic head on.



The COVID Racial Data Tracker

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Together, they are gathering the most complete and up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.




COVID-19 Data and Resources


Government Vetted

The National Science Foundation 

The National Institute of Health - Funding

The Center for Disease Control


Community Curated

Academic Data Science Alliance

The US Digital Response (Volunteer Matching) COVID-19 Data Lake data sets will initially include:

·         Johns Hopkins University: COVID-19 Data Repository

·         The Atlantic: COVID Tracking Project

·         The New York Times: COVID-19 Data in the United States

·         nCoV-2019 Data Working Group: Epidemiology Data

·         MOBS Lab: COVID-19 Situation Report

·         World Health Organization: Daily Situation Reports

·         European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: Worldwide Situation Updates

·         University of Montreal: COVID-19 Image Data Collection

·         National Center for Biotechnology Information Virus Database

·         COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)

Additional datasets, to be published May 15, 2020, will include:

·         Data Science for COVID-19: South Korea Dataset

·         Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare: COVID-19 India

·         Sito del Dipartimento della Protezione Civile – Emergenza Coronavirus

·         Data Science for COVID-19 Indonesia Initiative

·         Kaiser Health: US Hospital ICU Beds

· US Hospital Capacity

·         Environment Protection Agency: US Air Quality

·         New York ISO: Electricity Load Data

·         US Census Bureau: Population Data

·         IEEE: COVID-19 Tweets Dataset

·         University of Washington: COVID-19 Projections

·         Kaiser Family Foundation: Social Distancing Policies




As our world grapples with the effects of the coronavirus, the scientific community is searching for answers. We want you to know that the South Hub's work continues to connect communities across sectors. 

Here is how South Hub Programs will be adapting during this crisis:

  1. DataUp 
    1. (Participating Institutions will have the option of holding their 2-day Data Science Training Workshop virtually)
    2. Train-the-Trainer Session has been moved virtually for Nov 2020
  2. PEPI-G
    1. Fellows will be notified of options
  3. Seed Grants
    1. The South Big Data Innovation Hub Seed Grant program is designed to support the convening of people and the cross-pollinating of ideas across disciplines (data science and other domains), and sectors (academia, industry, and government) and communities in order to foster ideas, data, and/or products in support the major goals and priority areas of the South Hub. 
    2. Seed grant support will be extended to include: 
      1. virtual meetings, working groups, and activities related to COVID-19 response. 
      2. Support for faculty placed at a hardship for completing data community building
  4. Working Groups (will proceed virtually as normal)

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