A system for regularly capturing static images of state COVID-19 websites helped us produce an archive and verify our published data.
Volunteers and staffers at The COVID Tracking Project replied to thousands of messages from the public last year. Here’s why we took the trouble, and here’s what people wanted to know.
We set up a set of roles and a shift system to carefully gather and inspect the data we published.
Automating data collection published by the states was an adventure full of trickery and misfortune.
More than 800 volunteers performed thousands of hours of work to make our regular data operation possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our largely volunteer-operated effort became a critical data source for journalists, scientists, academics and government officials.