UCSF Archives to House The COVID Tracking Project, a National Database Donated by The Atlantic

The COVID Tracking Project, a crowdsourced digital archive documenting the face of the pandemic in the United States, will become part of the permanent collection in the UCSF Archives & Special Collections and will be accessible to researchers and the public.

The project was launched by The Atlantic (https://covidtracking.com/) to address the lack of reliable information about the pandemic, was volunteer-driven (https://covidtracking.com/thank-you) and published data on COVID-19 testing, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. The information gathered was cited by major journals and many news stories and used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the federal Food and Drug Administration.

This collaborative project brings together teams from The COVID Tracking Project team, the California Digital Library, and UCSF Archives & Special Collections. It will provide impetus for developing tools and new approaches for archiving collections, comprising diverse formats from instant messages to source code to emails as well as data sets. The COVID Tracking Project has already published its primary dataset in the Dryad data repository (https://blog.datadryad.org/2021/08/04/covid-tracking-project-data-now-available-in-dryad/) and the team anticipate that within a year this remarkable born-digital collection will be preserved and made accessible online.

This archive joins other publicly-accessible UCSF archives on the community HIV/AIDS epidemic response, tobacco industry, the opioid industry, and the food industry.


For more, see:
• UCSF to House COVID Tracking Project, a National Database Donated by The Atlantic (https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2021/07/421151/ucsf-house-covid-tracking-project-national-database-donated-atlantic)
• Archives of the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic Donated to UCSF, in Partnership With the California Digital Library (https://www.theatlantic.com/press-releases/archive/2021/07/archives-covid-tracking-project-donated-ucsf/619605/)

Announcing the Newly Digitized Dr. Robert Matz Hospital Postcard Collection

The New York Academy of Medicine Library is very pleased to announce the launch of the Dr. Robert Matz Hospital Postcard Collection, a pilot digitization project that provides access to 118 hospital postcards from the five boroughs of New York City. Spearheaded by Dr. Robin Naughton, Senior Digital Program Manager, the collection offers a window into the history of hospitals in the New York area as well as some of the visitors to those hospitals. Many of the postcards have messages and postmarks, allowing the viewer to ascertain the time period when the cards were created. The Matz Collection can be viewed here.