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Is there a way to track the spread of a specific virus, etc?

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:47 am UTC
by Icalasari
I'm doing an art assignment* based on forces of nature, and I decided to go for the internet itself being a force of nature (because let's face it, freaking thing is vast)

The base place is that each country gets a circle with their colour. Size of the circle depends on how many got infected total, and opacity would be decided by period of time it was virulent. I may change things if I decide to follow multiple viruses or perhaps memetic information

Trouble is... I'm not sure how to track this information down. knowyourmeme is a start if I go for... That memetic information, but it doesn't let me know specifics for each country. And viruses I really have no idea where to even begin to get the info needed

So, advice? And I do hope this is the right place to ask



*Yep I'm an art major get your laughs out now :P

Re: Is there a way to track the spread of a specific virus,

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:12 am UTC
by Mikemk
Actually, (all this information about every discovered virus, how the virus worked, how it was stopped, how many were infected, where it had the most infections, ...) is stored in a database somewhere. I don't know where/ip/that stuff, but for good reason, it's very restricted access. (Norton, Avast, lots of popular antivirus have access, so you could try asking one of them, but it's not likely you'll get much)

Re: Is there a way to track the spread of a specific virus,

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:22 pm UTC
by Bloopy
Is Google Trends any use? You could interpret the map as the spread, and the graph as the period of time. Search for the name of a specific virus, eg. http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Alureon

Re: Is there a way to track the spread of a specific virus,

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:30 am UTC
by Icalasari
Mikemk wrote:Actually, (all this information about every discovered virus, how the virus worked, how it was stopped, how many were infected, where it had the most infections, ...) is stored in a database somewhere. I don't know where/ip/that stuff, but for good reason, it's very restricted access. (Norton, Avast, lots of popular antivirus have access, so you could try asking one of them, but it's not likely you'll get much)


That sucks

Bloopy wrote:Is Google Trends any use? You could interpret the map as the spread, and the graph as the period of time. Search for the name of a specific virus, eg. http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Alureon


But this is very useful and still lets me do what I have planned. Thank you very much! I'll be sure to share the project upon its completion