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John Burn-Murdoch+ Your Authors @jburnmurdoch Stories, stats & scatterplots for @FinancialTimes | Daily updates of the coronavirus trajectory tracker | [email protected] | #dataviz Apr. 30, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

A big thank you today to the comms teams at health ministries who put out their Covid situation reports in a consistent format every day 🙏

I now have several scrapers running that turn paragraphs of text into a spreadsheet of key stats for the charts, saving loads of time 🤓

And a simultaneous big "no thank you" to the organisations who keep changing data formats, changing names of spreadsheet tabs, renaming columns etc, or simply discontinuing datasets 😒

(Apart from the heroes who DM me beforehand to tell me they’re making changes 😇)

That was light-hearted, but it does matter.

Thousands of people are working round the clock to make sense of Covid numbers, and data cleaning takes an enormous amount of time that could be spent on analysis, interpretation, communication.

Please help us cut down that time 🙂


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