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Social Data Science Center Launches With Support From Facebook

The University of Maryland today announced the launch of the Social Data Science Center (SoDa), which will meld computer science with social science theory and analysis to help researchers address challenges in health care, education, climate, entertainment and government. Facebook is supporting the center’s research and education programs over the next three years, including its inaugural project, […]

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COVID-19 Symptom Survey – Request for Data Access Facebook Data For Good

The COVID-19 symptom surveys are designed to help researchers better monitor and forecast the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook users are invited to take surveys conducted by these two partner universities to self-report COVID-19-related symptoms. The surveys may be used to generate new insights on how […]

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Maryland Experts, Facebook Partner to Gather Global COVID-19 Symptom Data

University of Maryland researchers are teaming up with Facebook to provide the survey methodology muscle needed to obtain a much-needed global view of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis—where it’s growing, where it’s abating and where the next hot spot could develop. The social networking site started rolling out the survey Wednesday night; it’s expected to reach users […]

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Early Insights from Newly Launched Symptom Survey Helping to Better Predict the Spread of COVID-19

As the world fights covid-19 and countries develop plans to reopen their societies, it’s critical to have a clear understanding of how the disease is spreading. Better data can help governments determine where to send resources such as ventilators and personal protective equipment — and eventually which areas are safe to start opening up again. […]


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