You can make a COVID-19 map yourself! Here’s how!

COVID-19 spread all over the world and everyday we see maps in news that depict the distribution of cases. Have you ever wondered how those maps are made or wished that you could make one by yourself? Well, your wish is now granted!

There are quite a few ways to make COVID-19 maps from using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), like QGIS or ArcGIS, to coding in R or Python. If you are an R user, good news! Here you’ll find a tutorial that walks through how to make a COVID-19 death toll map in the United States using R. This tutorial uses publicly available New York Times data on COVID-19. If you are familiar with QGIS or ArcGIS, you will also be able to use this data to make a map.

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You are now a few codes away from your first COVID-19 map. The time is right to learn a new skill and make a COVID-19 map this summer. If you are an absolute beginner in R and/or coding and interested in learning, check out the Health Sciences Library’s Rock Your Resume with R workshop!

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Mai Uchida

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