The Corona Contact Network – CoKoNet – is a citizen science project of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.

The project ran from March 2020 to March 2021 to jointly create a collective diary on the changes of our (personal and virtual) social interaction networks due to the Corona pandemic.

We were able to collect data from many participants in anonymous and repeated diary entries over the course of the first year of the pandemic on the number and duration

of their social contact, as well as on other activities like sports, shopping and hobbies. This allows us now to statistically analyse how the short- and long-term dynamics of our habits have been changing in relation to the infection numbers for the first year of the pandemic.

All participants received their own personal diary in graphical summaries, and could read after every diary entry in our “Science Facts”, how animals protect themselves against infectious diseases.

Currently, the data are analysed statistically by IST Austria scientists to become part of the IST Austria Science Education Programme with the help of our outreach and communications team.

Thanks again to all participants for the steady support of the project!

Your CoKoNet project team

For questions or feedback on the CoKoNet project, please contact us at

Which data were collected?

Through short, partly recurrent online surveys, we collected data on how our social contacts changed in various aspects of our private and professional everyday lives during the pandemic. Questions comprised which personal contacts we could, wanted or had to replace by virtual contacts due to the Corona-related restrictions, and how the reduced ability to meet with others influenced our daily routines, work life and leisure time activities.

Important: We did not collect any special categories of personal data (such as health data)! The data were collected in a password-protected environment completely separated from names or e-mail contacts of the participants via online surveys, analyzed in an anonymous manner, are analysed and will be published in an aggregated way, so that it is impossible to deduce the answers of single participants. To learn more, please refer to our data protection regulation.