Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Statistics • COVID-19 response

Second COVID-19 Stats Twitter Chat

On April 28th at 12PM ET/4PM UTC the UN Statistics Division, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Open Data Watch joined to host the second #CovidDataChat directly after the UN World Data Forum webinar, Data in the Fight Against COVID-19. The Twitter chat provided an opportunity to continue the conversation from the webinar and share thoughts, experiences, and follow-up questions with statistical experts around the world on the role of national statistical systems in ensuring that reliable and timely data is available and ready to use in informing the fight against #COVID-19. Below we’ve shared selected answers from our participants as well as provided a list of resources distributed during the chat. To see more of the online conversation, follow the hashtag #CovidDataChat on Twitter.

  • #CovidDataChat Q1: What is the role of National Statistical Offices in coordinating the national #CovidData collection efforts in the current #Covid19 crisis?
  • #CovidDataChat Q2: How can we build a global platform to create a #CovidData repository for comparisons across countries with different forms of #Covid19 testing and reporting efforts?
  • #CovidDataChat Q3: How do we maintain the balance between timeliness and quality of #CovidData in the current #Covid19 emergency?
  • #CovidDataChat Q4: What is the role of #OpenData in mitigating the #COVID19 crisis? How to ensure open data and privacy in relation to #CovidData?
  • #CovidDataChat Q5: If sky was the limit with no budgetary/technology constraints, what #CovidData solutions would be most useful to address the #Covid19 pandemic?

Sharing of resources

In addition to the answers shared during the discussion, participants shared new resources and publications that their respective organizations have created in response to COVID-19:

Stay tuned!

Thank you to all who joined the second #CovidDataChat on Twitter. We look forward to continuing the discussions in the next one. Please visit our website or follow @UNStats on Twitter for more information on the next #CovidDataChat’s date.