(Silver Doctors Editors) Johns Hopkins has cut off the public from vital information.
Instead of seeing something like this:
Which is a screenshot from yesterday’s 10:33 a.m. update, users are greeted with a log-in.
Credentials are now needed for access:
Clicking “OK” to log-in produces this pop-up:
Where new users can access the dashboard.
Notice, however, that not anybody can use it, but only JHED users:
And Johns Hopkins University isn’t just giving those out.
It’s pretty much now exclusively for students and faculty only, because those are the people who can get the ID.
Just as the news turns from bad to borderline apocalyptic, access to vital information is denied.
We couldn’t access the information from the tracker during today’s Silver Doctors Live, and Half Dollarsuspected there were just too many individual requests being made to the server, essentially bogging it down to the point of not being able to function properly or at all, although Mike Manwell suspected access was being cut of, on purpose, to keep the public from having access to such vital information.
See the replay today’s Silver Doctors Live if you have not seen it already:
Now, here’s what you can do to get the information, but good luck with that (bold for emphasis):
In response to this ongoing public health emergency, we developed an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown above) hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases in real-time. The dashboard, first shared publicly on January 22, illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds. Further, all the data collected and displayed is made freely available, initially as google sheets, now in a GitHub repository, along with the feature layers of the dashboard, which are now included in the ESRI Living Atlas.
That basically means you’ve you’ll need to navigate a text-tree structure of folders within folders within folders to find the data you’re looking for, and on top of that, it’s in spreadsheet format as opposed to an interactive, intuitive map.
The GitHub repository (CSSEGISandData/COVID-19) has not been searched to see if the data is indeed up-to-date.
Is somebody trying to hide something from the public about a growing pandemic?
Why is this information now being kept from the public in general?
This is vital information, useful to all of humanity.
And access to it just got cut off.