Juliette O'Brien, Digital and Data Journalist
When COVID-19 hit there was huge confusion about numbers. How many people were infected? There were plenty of numbers but they all had different assumptions and rules. Officially-merged numbers took days to give a national picture of Australia on a common basis. Frustrated by the delays and lack of transparency, Juliette set up covid19data.com.au to provide a common view.
In this session Juliette talks through the challenges of dealing with different datasets and what she did when datasets changed, moved and switched assumptions. As the crisis has evolved, she has continued to adjust the things she highlights and visualised the data in different ways to suit the changing needs of the audience. Her work has had a big impact, providing the basis for much analysis and discussion of the path the pandemic has taken in Australia and beyond.