Press Release • May 4, 2020
Alation Launches COVID-19 Data Catalog
First data catalog to enable active collaboration on the best COVID-19 data
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 5, 2020 — In an effort to support the worldwide community of people working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data catalogs, today announced the creation of a public data catalog populated with information on COVID-19. The data catalog was designed as a collaboration platform where a community of data scientists, researchers, and epidemiologists can work together to answer key questions about the disease caused by infection with the novel coronavirus.
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Alation’s COVID-19 Data Catalog currently includes data from dozens of key sources, including case data from the COVID tracking project, Johns Hopkins University, and The New York Times, and contextualizing data including census information, comorbidity trends, weather patterns, vaccination histories, and more.
Built by a team of volunteer engineers and data scientists within Alation, the COVID-19 Data Catalog will enable community members to:
Search for and discover relevant data sets
Upload and register new data sets for inclusion in the data catalog so they can be combined with and compared to existing data sets
Collaborate on answering COVID-19 research questions and pose new questions to the community
Post “lab notebooks” and articles on specific topics and have conversations around them—all with easily embedded data
Define and publish queries and business intelligence artifacts, (e.g., Tableau visualizations) that can be shared and searched within the catalog
“I believe that COVID-19 researchers face the same problems with public data that our enterprise customers face with their internal data: not that there’s too little data, but that there’s too much, it’s too hard to find, and when you do find it you’re not sure how to use it or if you can trust it. We solve that problem every day for over 180 enterprises, and we want to make that same technology available for the COVID-19 research community to benefit the wider world,” Kalb continued. “We want to get the word out because a good analytics research project is a virtuous cycle: as participation increases, the community, catalog, and conversations get richer, attracting more participants — yielding increasingly impactful insights.”
Data scientists, epidemiologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals can request access to the Alation COVID-19 Data Catalog free of charge, by registering at www.alation.com/covid-catalog.
“Data Catalogs have the potential to enable break-through answers to questions about COVID-19. In the current situation, where we are so often missing the denominators for rates and missing the nuances of how samples have been defined in assessing probabilities, it’s particularly difficult to analyze data properly and in the right context,” said R “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research, Inc. “People need forums to post hypotheses, have them challenged, and improve them. Any company that succeeds in building a vibrant community around this catalog will stand out and create a game changer.”
Alation would like to thank partners Amazon Web Services for providing computing and database infrastructure resources and Trifacta for their support in automating the pipeline and cleaning datasets for this initiative.
Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, and data governance. More than 500 enterprises build data culture and improve data-driven decision-making with Alation, including Cisco, Nasdaq, Pfizer, Salesforce, and Virgin Australia. Alation has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list four times, is a 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ in tech and Best Workplaces™ for Women, and recognized as a 2022 and 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™. For more information, visit www.alation.com.