About CoronaNet

The CoronaNet Research Project compiles a database on government responses to COVID-19. Our primary focus is to collect as much information as possible about the various fine-grained actions governments take to address the pandemic. The data collection process includes gathering information about which governments respond to COVID-19, their policy targets (e.g., other countries), type of policies (e.g., travel restrictions), and the timeline of the policies.

Together with more than 500 political, social, and public health science scholars worldwide, we present an initial release of a large hand-coded dataset. The dataset consists of more than 110,000 separate policy announcements of governments from all over the world since 31 December 2019. Policymakers, academics, and journalists have already made use of this dataset to understand how governments have responded to the pandemic. As we collect more data, we expect to offer a more thorough analysis of government responses (determinants and effects).

Our principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Cindy Cheng, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich: http://cindyyawencheng.com/
  2. Luca Messerschmidt, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich: https://lumesserschmidt.github.io

Co-Principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Joan Barceló, New York University Abu Dhabi: https://www.joanbarcelo.com
  2. Vanja Grujic, Universidade de Brasília: http://buscatextual.cnpq.br
  3. Allison Spencer Hartnett, University of Southern California: http://www.allisonhartnett.io/
  4. Robert Kubinec, New York University Abu Dhabi: www.robertkubinec.com
  5. Timothy A. Model, Havighurst Fellow at the Miami University: https://www.timothymodel.com/
  6. Caress Schenk, Nazarbayev University: https://ssh.nu.edu.kz/faculty/caress-schenk/
  7. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich: https://www.svanhildur.com/

Our core paper, which presents our initial findings, has been published by Nature: Human Behaviour.

Awards & Recognition:

Open Data Impact Award

First Place

The first prize with 15,000 euros goes to the project "CoronaNet Government Response Event Dataset" conducted by Cindy Cheng and Luca Messerschmidt, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich, Chair for International Relations (Prof. Dr. Tim Büthe). The research project systematically documents the measures taken by governments worldwide in response to COVID-19 to enable academic and applied researchers, journalists and decision-makers to better understand the causes and consequences of these policy responses. To know more about Open Data Impact Award, see here.


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Please cite the project and dataset as:
Cheng, Cindy, Joan Barceló, Allison Spencer Hartnett, Robert Kubinec, and Luca Messerschmidt. "COVID-19 Government Response Event Dataset (CoronaNet v. 1.0)." Nature human behaviour 4, no. 7 (2020): 756-768. https://www.coronanet-project.org.


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English and German:
Luca Messerschmidt | Hochschule für Politik at the TU Munich

Cindy Cheng | Hochschule für Politik at the TU Munich

Joan Barceló | Social Science Division, New York University – Abu Dhabi

Robert Kubinec | Social Science Division, New York University – Abu Dhabi