A New Interactive Tool to Visualize and Analyze COVID-19 Data: The PERISCOPE Atlas

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jul 26;19(15):9136. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159136.


Since the start of the 21st century, the world has not confronted a more serious threat to global public health than the COVID-19 pandemic. While governments initially took radical actions in response to the pandemic to avoid catastrophic collapse of their health care systems, government policies have also had numerous knock-on socioeconomic, political, behavioral and economic effects. Researchers, thus, have a unique opportunity to forward our collective understanding of the modern world and to respond to the emergency situation in a way that optimizes resources and maximizes results. The PERISCOPE project, funded by the European Commission, brings together a large number of research institutions to collect data and carry out research to understand all the impacts of the pandemic, and create predictive models that can be used to optimize intervention strategies and better face possible future health emergencies. One of the main tangible outcomes of this project is the PERISCOPE Atlas: an interactive tool that allows to visualize and analyze COVID-19-related health, economic and sociopolitical data, featuring a WebGIS and several dashboards. This paper describes the first release of the Atlas, listing the data sources used, the main functionalities and the future development.

Keywords: Atlas; COVID-19; PERISCOPE; data mining; pandemic; policy making; public health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Global Health
  • Government
  • Humans
  • Pandemics

Grant support

This research is part of the PERISCOPE project, that was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement 101016233.