How to create an interactive dashboard using R: the example of the Queensland COVID-19 tracker

Abstract

Background  Interactive tools like data dashboards enable users both to view and interact with data. In today’s data-driven environment it is a priority for researchers and practitioners alike to be able to develop interactive data visualisation tools easily and where possible at a low cost.

Aims  Here, we provide a guide on how to develop and create an interactive online data dashboard in R, using the COVID-19 tracker for Health and Hospital Regions in Queensland, Australia as an example. We detail a series of steps and explain choices made to design, develop, and easily maintain the dashboard and publish it online.

Data and methods  The dashboard visualises publicly available data from the Queensland Health web page. We used the programming language R and its free software environment. The dashboard webpage is hosted publicly on GitHub Pages updated via GitHub Desktop.

Results  Our interactive dashboard is available at https://qcpr.github.io/.

Conclusions  Interactive dashboards have many applications such as dissemination of research and other data. This guide and the supplementary material can be adjusted to develop a new dashboard for a different set of data and needs.

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Published
2020-11-14
How to Cite
Loginova, J., & Wohland , P. (2020). How to create an interactive dashboard using R: the example of the Queensland COVID-19 tracker. Australian Population Studies, 4(2), 39-47. Retrieved from https://australianpopulationstudies.org/index.php/aps/article/view/72
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Introductory Guides