Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Named One of 2020’s Best Inventions

As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States in early 2020, GPG worked with Johns Hopkins University and Medicine to build an online tool ( to provide real-time COVID-19 tracking, data analysis and expert resources from across the institution

Initially built around the COVID-19 Global Map developed in January 2020 by Dr. Lauren Gardner at the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, today the site includes sophisticated data visualizations, learning modules, live events and state- and county-level COVID-19 data. A cross-agency team at GPG—including creative, analytics, strategic communications and digital—manages site and content execution on a daily basis. 

Site data is available to anyone who wants it via GitHub, and since launch, the site has been used by news outlets, local and state health officials, educators and people across the U.S. and the world to stay up to date on the pandemic. In November 2020, the Coronavirus Resource Center was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020.