Geografie 2020, 125, 171-209

COVID-19 data sources: evaluation of map applications and analysis of behavior changes in Europe’s population

Vít Pászto1,2ID, Jaroslav Burian1,2ID, Karel Macků2ID

1Moravian Business College Olomouc, Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics, Olomouc, Czechia
2Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Department of Geoinformatics, Olomouc, Czechia

Received April 2020
Accepted May 2020

Due to the current situation, and preventive measures taken to tackle COVID-19, it is crucial to keep society well-informed. Besides media and official news, that often include tabular data, it has also become a new standard for information sources to incorporate a map application or geovisualization. This paper offers a comprehensive and systematic overview describing the most prominent and useful map applications and map visualizations. News outlets should place the same importance on data analysis and interpretation as they place on data visualization. This paper emphasizes the role of geospatial data and analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to provide insights into the topic in order to better understand the consequences caused by the disease. Specifically, the paper deals with the COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports dataset, offering unique information about changes in human activity due to the pandemic. We show how this dataset can be utilized in terms of geovisual analytics and clustering in order to reveal the spatial pattern of such changes in human behavior.


This article received support from project IGA_PrF_2020_027 and project ERASMUS+ 2019-1-CZ01-KA203-061374. The authors would like to thank Lukáš Příleský for his help with data collection.


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