In the Spanish region of Catalonia, the government created a public-private health observatory where epidemiological, mobile and environmental data is processed to manage COVID-19, ZDNet reports. The data is anonymized and gathered from public databases and mobile operators. Those involved said the tools developed by the observatory can be used by epidemiologists in pandemic response. “We need models on how epidemics evolve, and data is crucial in adjusting these models,” Computer Science Professor Àlex Arenas said.
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