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Webinar "The Short-term Mortality Fluctuations: A new data collection of weekly mortality data"

On July 23, the regular seminar of the Modern Demography series was held. At the seminar, László Németh (research scientist, Laboratory of Demographic Data, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany) and Ainhoa Alustiza Galarza (research assistant, Laboratory of Demographic Data, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany) presented the recently established Short-term Mortality Fluctuations (STMF) data series.

Internationally comparable data are crucial to determine the effectiveness of different strategies used to address epidemics. Weekly death counts provide a detailed way of assessing the scale of short-term mortality elevations across countries and time. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Human Mortality Database (HMD) team decided to establish a new data resource: the Short-term Mortality Fluctuations (STMF) data series. Currently, STMF consists of weekly death counts for 25 countries and the data series is publicly available for download. 
After a general overview, the project was introduced in more detail: e.g., how the data were procured and what methods are applied by the HMD team before publication. In the second part presentation, the web-based visualization tool was shown.

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