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COVID-19 and Real-time Data Visualization in Nova Scotia

COVID-19 and Real-time Data Visualization in Nova Scotia Online

Part 1: Statistics Canada is producing innovative, responsive data products to help us better understand the pandemic and its impact. Starting with a look at Stat Canada’s COVID-19: A Data Perspective, Julie and Louise will discuss the role of crowdsourcing and administrative data in data collection, and consider, among other things, the effect of COVID on our mental health, our working lives, and our mortality.

Part 2: The Nova Scotia government has been releasing COVID data on a daily basis, but does not provide a way for looking at past data in an interactive way. Jen has generated a data dashboard, which displays our Nova Scotia COVID data using six different visualizations (counts by health region, by gender, by age, and three variations of positive test results) plus two data counts (hospitalizations and deaths). Jen will describe how she combined data obtained from Nova Scotia Health, Nova Scotia Open Data, and Statistics Canada. It is updated on a daily basis and available online.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the innovation used to generate real time data
  • Identify the sources used to create aggregate data and visualizations
  • Learn how a data dashboard is created


Gwen MacNairn

Coordinator, GIS & Data Services
Dalhousie University

Julie Marcoux

Data Librarian
Dalhousie University

Louise Gillis

Research Data Management Librarian
Dalhousie University

Jen Strang

GIS Analyst
Dalhousie University

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Atlantic Time (change)
All Zones
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