Mission: To help drive progress against the world's biggest problems by making data and research on those challenges accessible and understandable.
Background: Our World in Data was launched in 2011 by Max Roser, a director of the Oxford Martin Program on Global Development at the University of Oxford, and has since evolved into a collaborative effort of University of Oxford researchers, who serve as the scientific editors of the site's content, and the nonprofit Global Change Data Lab, which publishes and maintains the site and its data tools. The site presents empirical evidence related to global development organized by topic, with a focus on slow but long-running trends that include issues such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality. The overall goal is to communicate how global living conditions are gradually changing and to be a complementary source of information to the global news we all are exposed to and consume. As it pertains specifically to COVID-19, the site aims to aggregate existing research, bring together relevant data, and allow readers to make sense of the published data and early research on the coronavirus pandemic.
Outstanding Web Features: Produced by Roser, Hannah Ritchie, Esteban Ortiz-Ospina, and Joe Hasell, the site's Coronavirus Disease page features a wealth of virus-related data, data visualizations, and related charts, including confirmed COVID-19 deaths globally and by country; a country-level analysis of the rate of increase in mortality rates; and the daily number of confirmed deaths globally, by country, by region, per capita, and per capita over several days or over a week. Visitors to the site also can learn more about which regions of the globe have been successful in bending the curve and to what degree; where confirmed death are increasing most rapidly; and confirmed deaths relative to the size of a country's population. In their totality, the data and data tools are intended to inform public health officials, policy makers, and others about the mortality risk of COVID-19 and the factors involved in mitigating that risk, which include age, comorbidities, healthcare capacity, and the overall rate of infection. For those who are interested, the site makes all its data freely available in open-source and downloadable formats.