Use Snowflake and Zepl to Analyse Covid-19 (coronavirus) Data

Coronavirus changed our life, most of us are stuck at home. We are trying to follow everything about the pandemic. So I wanted to write a blog post which will guide to configure an environment that you can examine covid-19 pandemic data. In this blog post, I will show you how you can set up your Snowflake trial account, enable access to covid-19 data provided by Starschema, and how you can use Zepl (Data Science Analytics Platform) to analyse this data.

START YOUR SNOWFLAKE TRIAL

Let’s start with setting up Snowflake trial account. Snowflake is a cloud data platform which is available on major public cloud provides (Amazon, Azure and Google). It provides a cloud-native Data Warehouse. Why am I saying “cloud-native”? Because it was not ported to cloud like many other data warehouse services. It’s designed and built to run on cloud. Therefore it uses underlying cloud services efficiently. I think this is enough for introducing Snowflake, you will be able to discover it by yourself after we set up the trial account.

To create a trial account, you need to visit https://trial.snowflake.com/ page and fill a simple form. It does not require you to enter a credit card or any other payment method.