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AGILE: GIScience Series Open-access proceedings of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe
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Articles | Volume 3
AGILE GIScience Ser., 3, 21, 2022
AGILE GIScience Ser., 3, 21, 2022
10 Jun 2022
10 Jun 2022

COVID-Forecast-Graph: An Open Knowledge Graph for Consolidating COVID-19 Forecasts and Economic Indicators via Place and Time

Rui Zhu1,2, Krzysztof Janowicz1,2,3, Gengchen Mai1,2,4, Ling Cai1,2, and Meilin Shi1,2 Rui Zhu et al.
  • 1STKO Lab, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • 2Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • 3Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 4Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, USA

Keywords: COVID-19, place and time, interoperability, knowledge graphs, knowledge representation

Abstract. The longer the COVID-19 pandemic lasts, the more apparent it becomes that understanding its social drivers may be as important as understanding the virus itself. One such social driver is misinformation and distrust in institutions. This is particularly interesting as the scientific process is more transparent than ever before. Numerous scientific teams have published datasets that cover almost any imaginable aspects of COVID-19 during the last two years. However, consistently and efficiently integrating and making sense of these separate data “silos” to scientists, decision makers, journalists, and more importantly the general public remain a key challenge with important implications for transparency. Several types of knowledge graphs have been published to tackle this issue and to enable data crosswalks by providing rich contextual information. Interestingly, none of these graphs has focused on COVID-19 forecasts despite them acting as the underpinning for decision making. In this work we motivate the need for exposing forecasts as a knowledge graph, showcase queries that run against the graph, and geographically interlink forecasts with indicators of economic impacts.

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