Google Tracks Flu Trends

Here is a post from Google on tracking the Pig Flu epidemic, specifically dealing with Mexico (http://www.google.org/flutrends/intl/en_mx/index.html):

“We’ve created experimental estimates of flu activity in Mexico using aggregated search data. Unlike Google Flu Trends for the U.S., this data has not been validated against confirmed cases of flu. After conferring with US and Mexican health officials, we’ve decided to share these initial results to provide additional information on the evolving epidemic.”

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on May 1, 2009, in Google, Tech Toys and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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