Making easy-to-use visualization tools is not all that programmers could do with the data, though. Those with experience in programming related to statistical analysis could pitch in by creating models that seek to predict how the virus might spread within their community. That could be critical when you consider that the speed with which the virus has spread is making it difficult for the medical community to shift resources to where they’re needed most.
For that reason, software maker Neo4j is making its commercial data graphing software free to programmers interested in using it to map the spread of coronavirus. They’re also hosting a hack-a-thon on the subject, which has already spawned a variety of GitHub projects that programmers around the world can lend their talents to.