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In order to respond effectively in a crisis, we first need to understand it. In the context of a fast-spreading global pandemic, up-to-date information is vital to crafting the right solutions. Data-mapping has been one of the areas that has helped governments and organisations alike to stop the spread and understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 as it happens.

From symptom trackers to studies on the effects of social distancing, there are plenty of opportunities to share your experience and contribute to important data-gathering initiatives. This is an evolving resource and we welcome suggestions for additions within the existing sections or for new ones at [email protected].

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  • Submit data on your health symptoms using the Covid Symptom Tracker app to strengthen Public Health England’s response to the pandemic.
  • Studybugs, a Nesta grantee, offer tracking of bugs in schools to provide accurate data to public health organisations. During the COVID-19 outbreak, they will be feeding children’s data to Public Health England via a specialised app.
  • The Algorand Foundation, along with members of the Algorand community, has also launched the IReport-Covid app to enable individuals to share their COVID-19 information anonymously. Users, including non-symptomatic ones, complete a survey to submit quarantine and medical information. The repository aims to establish a better understanding of how COVID-19 affects people in real time.

Are you a creative who has been affected by the pandemic? Help map the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector by sharing your experience.

Lisa Heledd Jones is collecting audio memos and journals from people around the world to record how they're living through the COVID-19 crisis. The Welsh archivist is inviting people to send their voice, note, photograph, video, image or sound clips to [email protected].

Share your experiences of how physical and social distancing are affecting everything from your home and work life, to how you connect with friends and family. The Young Foundation initiative is the largest UK study on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on communities. Find out more about the three ways you can get involved.

Who should we be listening to? What questions should we be asking? Where has this approach (not) worked well before? Add your feedback to the thread posted by James Cattell, a digital manager in the Cabinet Office.