Last month, SIOS had the pleasure of interviewing the Science vs. Corona initiative. For the full interview, check out our blog post:
Highlights from the interview:
What is the goal of this initiative?
The goal of our two initiatives is to help fight the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects on society. We do this by helping researchers with data analysis through Data versus Corona. While the ‘intelligent lockdown’ has curbed the spread of the virus and saved lives, it also has costly side-effects on the economy and the psychological well-being of all citizens. We therefore need to think about exit strategies. Thus, at Strategies versus Corona, we try to combine the expertise from researchers from many different fields into developing an adequate exit strategy out of the current lockdown.
What impact do you think that your initiative could have on coronavirus research and/or open science?
Some of our Data versus Corona projects actively support researchers who investigate the effect of the coronavirus on psychological outcomes with sound statistical advice and data analysis. So this is a direct impact.
Through Strategies versus Corona, we are mobilizing experts from, among other areas, epidemiology, psychology, computer science, communication research, and economics, as well as everyday citizens in the fight against the coronavirus. This will hopefully aid the development, understanding, and critical evaluation of exit strategies.
How can students get involved?
To join Data versus Corona, students can fill out this form asking about their relevant expertise. We will then invite you to our Slack workspace where you can work together with others on a project.
For Strategies versus Corona, we are currently in the idea generation phase in which we crowdsource exit strategies and criteria on which they should be evaluated. Students can submit ideas via the website.