Analyze COVID-19 Data with SQL and SQLite
What you'll learn
- find, download, and consume COVID-19 data for analysis
- issue basic and sophisticated SQL statements to analyze COVID-19
- integrate SQL database queries with geographic information system technology to visualize the results of your analysis
- perform spatial analysis on COVID-19 data using the spatial constructs in SQL
- visualize analysis of your COVID-19 data using charts,graphs, and other techniques
- students should be comfortable using computers and be able to navigate folders and directories
COVID-19 has changed our world. It's frightened us, inspired us, isolated us, and drawn us closer. Obviously, the effects of the pandemic have affected us in different ways. But one thing is certain, we've all looked at COVID-19 data and wondered what's happening, and how is it affecting me?
In this workshop you will learn how to access, analyze, and interpret for yourself, the different data associated with COVID-19. We'll use all free software that can run directly off a thumb drive, so you don't have to install anything: just download the associated .zip file, and start working.
The course will teach you how to use SQL with the free and open source database, SQLite, to answer an almost unlimited number of questions related to COVID-19 at the National, State, County, and regional levels. We'll also analyze the geographic distribution of COVID-19 using the spatial mapping extension for SQLite, SpatiaLite.
With these tools, you'll be able to analyze the temporal and spatial characteristics of COVID-19. And, with the extensive SQL training in the workshop, you'll be able to come up with your own questions to analyze the data.
Finally, we'll prepare the data for statistical analysis, asking questions like:
are there regional differences in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the United States?
how have cases, hospitalizations, and deaths changed over time?
what are the patterns and trends in my county, and how does that compare to the State or National numbers?
Who this course is for:
- interest in understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of COVID-19
- those interested in learning technology and how to include SQL within your skillset
Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. is an educator with a passion for GIS and almost 30 years of GIS industry experience. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious New York State Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), and the Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award (2018) - both of these awards are the highest awards in academia for both States.
Currently, Dr. Lembo is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation.