Lauren Gardner

36, associate professor, civil and systems engineering, Johns Hopkins University

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the world, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard has tracked each of its movements since the tool’s creation in January. “We decided that there’s a lack of real-time data that’s dynamic enough that you can understand the transmission risk,” said Lauren Gardner, its creator. The interactive tool has become the world’s trusted source on the state of the pandemic, with data points in about 200 countries and some 3,500 different locations including small towns and communities. “There’s nothing else like this, at this spatial scale or in real time, providing data in an open-access format from the most authoritative sources,” Gardner said.

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This article was printed on The Baltimore Sun website on October 21, 2020.