2020 Press Releases

March 26, 2020

Starschema Brings Single Source of Truth for COVID-19 Case Incidence Data on Snowflake Data Exchange

Snowflake, the cloud data platform, announced that Starschema, a data services and technology company, has listed a free-of-charge, public data set that serves as a single-source of truth on the incidence and mortality of COVID-19 cases on Snowflake’s free-to-join marketplace, the Snowflake Data Exchange. The data can help organisations assess contingency plans and make informed, data-driven decisions in real-time as they respond to the global health emergency.

While allowing for the enrichment of that data with relevant information like population densities and geolocation, Snowflake’s cloud data platform enabled Starschema to amass the epidemiological data from multiple sources into a cohesive single-source-of-truth.
The new Starschema data set also eliminates the need, and challenges associated with, cleaning and preparing the data. Public and private sector data consumers will have access to the data in an easy-to-use, analytics-ready format, so they can quickly build new models and applications.
The Snowflake Data Exchange, a secure, fully-governed platform for sharing and exchanging data, allows Starschema to easily and seamlessly share data on COVID-19 in near real-time with organisations in the public and private sectors. F
or seamless integration of the COVID-19 incidence data set and fast query processing, organizations can connect to the Data Exchange from within their Snowflake account.

Public health authorities have access to phylogenetic studies with the Starschema’s COVID-19 incidence data set, to reference and identify whether particular strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, carry a higher risk. Governments will also be able to make informed data-driven decisions for civil contingency planning based on data from neighboring states. In the private sector, enterprises can use the data to support business contingency operations and analyse supply chains for possible vulnerabilities.

“Everyone is dealing with the effects of COVID-19 in one way or another. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality data sound enough to stake lives on, with the utmost transparency,” Starschema CTO, Tamas Foldi said. “Snowflake is helping us deliver on that goal so public health professionals, contingency planners, and enterprises can best respond to this global epidemic.”

“As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we can expect data to play an increasingly important role in both public and private operations,” Snowflake’s Head of Data Exchange, Matt Glickman said. “It’s essential organizations have access to accurate, near real-time data in this rapidly evolving environment and we’re humbled that the platform architecture is uniquely positioned to help democratize access to Starschema’s data in this time of need.”

Starschema plans to further enrich their COVID-19 incidence data set on the Snowflake Data Exchange with data like local emergency measures, demographic information for affected geographies, and additional reporting levels from regions, states, and country resources.