Data collected in the Understanding America Study, including the data collected as part of our COVID-19 tracking surveys, are available for download for any registered UAS data user. In view of the overwhelming interest in the COVID-19 tracking data, however, we are asking that researchers describe their analysis plan in a couple of sentences before downloading the data. These brief descriptions are available for others to browse, to encourage collaboration on similar projects, and reduce the risk that several researchers are pursuing identical goals.

For this reason, we ask that you provide an email address so that researchers with related interest can get in touch with you. Conversely, you should feel free to write to any of the other teams that have posted ideas on the web-site.

Requesting access to Covid data requires two steps:

  1. As for the use of any UAS dataset you need to be a registered data user. If you are not yet registered, please do so here. If you have an account, log in to your account before you click the link below to fill out the form
  2. Fill out the UAS Covid-19 Proposal form with a brief description of the research you are planning to undertake with the data. Once you have filled out the form, you will have access to download the data from the data pages. If the research team consists of more than one person, please enter the email addresses of all team members on the form. Each team member must be a registered UAS data user in order to access the data. A list of current proposals can be found here (login required).

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