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Your Guide to COVID-19 Data

Earlier in May, my colleague Lee-Arng Chang published an interesting post discussing a number of different COVID-19 data visualizations, which many of us have become increasingly familiar with over the last couple of months. With the number of COVID-19 data visualizations being produced, it should come as no surprise that there has been an equally marked increase in the number of COVID-19 datasets available to university researchers, public health professionals, and administrative officials to support critical work related to overcoming this pandemic and planning for what lies ahead.

Within the University Libraries, a number of my colleagues and I noticed that we were receiving questions from researchers across the university about COVID-19 datasets (primarily geospatial data, in my case) that could support their work, and at the same time, we were frequently learning about new datasets becoming available. We needed a place to gather this information and make it easily accessible to the Ohio State research community and beyond.

The result of this work is the new Data Sources page on the Health Science Library’s COVID-19 LibGuide. This resource provides links to, and short descriptions of, data sources that we’ve encountered that are openly available, on either a permanent or temporary basis. We’ve categorized the data to make browsing easier, with categories including Ohio, Public Health, Geospatial, Business & Socioeconomic, and General & Interdisciplinary, which includes links to a number of scholarly literature datasets available for text mining and other curated lists of data sources known to us. As we become aware of new datasets that could support ongoing work around COVID-19, the guide will be periodically updated.

OGRIP has developed the Ohio COVID-19 GIS Data Portal, a platform for accessing verified and authoritative data, maps and dashboards pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio.

Check out OGRIP’s Ohio COVID-19 GIS Data Portal, which provides access to verified and authoritative geospatial data to assist with Ohio’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. This is one of the many data sources included in the COVID-19 LibGuide.

But don’t stop at the Data Sources page. The team of Health Sciences librarians has done a great job collecting other relevant information on topics connected to COVID-19, including clinical guidance and articles, basic science articles, telemedicine resources, and available funding opportunities. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the guide, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!

Want to suggest a COVID-19 dataset or other resource to add to the guide? Fill out this short form with your recommendation.

A big “Thank You” to Stephanie Schulte and Anna Biszaha for creating and maintaining the COVID-19 LibGuide, and to Hilary Bussell, Danny Dotson, and Ash Faulkner for recommending additional data sources to include on the guide.

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (Workshop)

This workshop will discuss the strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. Presenters include:

  • Nancy Courtney, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Jeff Grabmeier, Senior Director, Research Communications

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Wednesday, November 7, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Research Expo

This event, sponsored by the Office of Research, features information to support the growth and success of your research program!

More than 50 exhibitors– research support services, centers/institutes, community partners and vendors- will be on hand to help you navigate your way through Ohio State’s research enterprise.

Attend one or more “Lightning Talks” (~10 minutes each, schedule forthcoming); demos/presentations feature resources to: find funding, disclose conflicts of interest, access purchasing tools to effectively manage your start up funds; use the PI Portal to monitor your research projects, engage with iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software), establish an ORCID (Research ID), etc.


11:30 a.m. – Opening Reception for all early career investigators; enjoy exclusive access to our exhibitor community; welcome remarks at Noon.

Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Research Expo opens for all members of the research community.

12:05 – 1:15 p.m. – “Lightning Talks”- brief presentations/demos every 10 minutes.

Who: All OSU researchers
When: Tuesday, October 9, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Ideation Zone and Labs, third floor of Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue.

Tracking and Enhancing Your Research Impact (Workshop)

Measuring your impact is an important step in the research process, especially for applying for positions, for promotion and tenure, and for grant funding. This may include traditional factors such as citation counts and journal reputation, and new measures that look at the reach and visibility of the work through downloads, saves, and views, as well as mentions in blogs and other social media. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • Establishing your author identity using ORCID and researcher IDs.
  • Understanding and tracking common metrics such as journal impact, factors, h-index, and times cited.
  • Understanding and tracking altmetrics (alternative metrics) such as views, downloads, and mentions in online media.
  • Enhancing your impact through journal choice and open access, and promoting your work via research profiles and online media.

BYOD: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet for hands-on participation.

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Tuesday, October 2, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

GIS for Research I: An Introduction to GIS Concepts and Data (Workshop)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be a powerful research tool for solving problems in and across a wide range of disciplines. If your research question has a geographic component, GIS data and tools can be integral to informing your analysis and communicating spatial patterns to your audience. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Be introduced to key concepts for using GIS in research
  • Learn more about common GIS data formats
  • Explore OSU Libraries’ and public databases where GIS data can be retrieved

BYOD – Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation, and our presenter will be available afterward for consultations.

Who: OSU Faculty, Staff, and students from all disciplines
When: Thursday, September 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. Learn more at:

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