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COVID Tracking Project Records
MSS 2022-74  
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The COVID Tracking Project was a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Their records include data products and sources, blog and social media posts, correspondence, internal communications, and team documents. Technical infrastructure, such as data entry and quality tools, public code repositories, and internal databases are also present.
The COVID Tracking Project was a network of volunteers that compiled, managed, and published state- and territory-level COVID-19 testing, hospitalization, and death data from March 7, 2020 through 2022. The Project began when two informal COVID-19 tracking initiatives - Alexis Madrigal and Robinson Meyer's research for The Atlantic, and Jeff Hammerbacher's independent data collection - combined their efforts; Erin Kissane joined soon after as co-founder. The Project grew to include hundreds of volunteers, who contributed via data entry, data quality review, web and infrastructure development, community development, and science/government communication. In addition, the Project employed up to 30 contractors to manage operations (divided into teams).
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