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Data 4 COVID19

This document serves as a repository for data collaboratives seeking to address the spread of COVID-19 and its secondary effects. It invites individuals to share projects that show a commitment to privacy protection, data responsibility, and overall user well-being. A project’s inclusion in this living repository does not indicate endorsement by The GovLab or confirmation of its success in meeting these goals. It is updated regularly with new projects and includes initiatives from around the world organized by area. It is curated by GovLab.

Resources

Looking for

Any skill set can be useful, from project management to design to data science.

How to get involved

  • Find a project that interests you and check out their webpage or contribute to the repository.

Project Open Air (Just One Giant Lab)

Project Open Air/Helpful Engineers, hosted within the broader open science group Just One Giant Lab has created a 5,000 strong volunteer organization, with engineers, scientists and doctors around the world who work to organize themselves into teams to design innovative ways to fight the virus. They are quickly trying to design and arrange the production of pragmatic devices to move life-saving air, extend existing tools, or organize volunteers on the ground to bolster medical workers. They have both hardware and software based projects including designing open source, scalable easy to DIY ventilators and O2 concentrators, sentiment analysis for persuasive public health media, diagnostic apps, and more!

Resources

Looking for

MANY different skills sets: app developers, ML researchers, data scientists, data visualization folks, makers, fabricators, designers, organizers, and especially folks who can volunteer time for project management.

How to get involved

  • See this doc and fill out the intake form
  • Join the Slack and introduce yourself in #introductions
  • Email opensourcehumankind@gmail.com
  • If you are a medical professional, additionally fill out this form

U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19

The U.S. Digital Response Team was started by three former U.S. Deputy CTOs. This project seeks to connect veted technology, data, and healthcare experts to help meet the data and digital capacity needs of the US Government.

Resources

Looking for

Anyone with relevant experience in healthcare, data, engineering & product development, general management, operations, supply chain/procurement, and more.

How to get involved

Fill out the volunteer application form

Folding at Home

Folding at Home uses computer simulations to understand the proteins that viruses use to reproduce and suppress immune systems. This is done by taking the experimental structures as starting points, we can simulate how all the atoms in the protein move. Doing so can help health researchers find and understand new therapeutic opportunities. The calculations involved in these simulations are enormous, and so volunteers can use their existing compute resources to run folding simulations in the background and contribute to the larger F@H database.

Resources

Looking for

Anyone with a computer! Particularly in the areas of

  • Strategic Product Design
  • Gamification
  • Website Enhancement
  • Client Programming (C++, Web dev, JS, vue.js, JSON API)
  • Project Viewer
  • Stats
  • Protein Viewer
  • Github Issue Triage

How to get involved

Follow the instructions on the COVID-19 page Sign up for the dev team at:

COVID Compare

This project is just kicking off and is working on tracking/mapping the relative risk of Covid19 in the US. 50 cases in Kentucky is not the same as 50 cases in NYC. People aren’t good at normalizing out other variables like population/hospital access so I want to do that for them visually.

Resources

Looking for

Data scientists, model builders, public health folks to help build a quantifier for risk and a predictive tool, web app developers and data visualizers, data collectors.

How to get involved

Reach out to collaborators on GitHub

Help with COVID-19

A website to connect volunteers with open source projects. Users can sort projects by skill type or project focus. Currently lists over 500 projects ranging from telemedicine to community support apps.

Resources

Looking for

Any skill set can be useful, from project management to design to data science

How to get involved

  • Hop on the webstie and find a project that interests you (or add your own)!

COVID-19 National Scientist Volunteer Database

This project sets up a database of scientists in the United States who are eager to volunteer their time, expertise, and resources to help fight COVID-19. Scientist volunteers range across disciplines, such as bioinformatics and data management. Individuals can add themselves to the database and are asked to answer several questions about themselves to help identify where they or their resources might be useful. Efforts that need volunteers or resources can request access to the database in order to help their fight against COVID-19. This allows organizations to find the right volunteers within their local area.

Resources

Looking for

A wide range of skill sets could be needed, as the database can be made available to different projects as the need arises. Although the questions focus primarily on biological skill sets such as qPCR experience, skill sets of all types may be needed and other skill sets can be listed.

How to get involved

Add yourself to their database. Join one of the community groups in your region, or start your own. Organizations seeking volunteers can request access to the database.

COVID-19 Risk

This project is focusing on research that could lead to an app that shows individuals their risk of COVID-19 infection based off GPS data, known cases, and Bluetooth proximity networks. They aim to do so in a way that preserves transparency and personal privacy. This is a group of volunteers researching and designing an open-source app to make this idea a reality. Ideally, this app will take the GPS and Bluetooth data of users in an anonymised way, as well as some information about their potential or confirmed infection status, and use it to the benefit of both them and everybody else. There are several ways this could happen: through secure and anonymous contact tracing, through the creation of a risk heatmap, and through more accurate epidemiological modelling.

Resources

Looking for

Public health or epidemiology researchers, app developers, web developers, legal experts around data security/privacy, software engineers to implement spread models, folks who have worked in fundraising/grant writing.

How to get involved

Email collaborations@covid19risk.com with the role you would like to fill, an introduction to yourself, and links to previous work.

Mechanical Ventilator Milano

Development of the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM), a novel mechanical ventilator designed for mass scale production in response to the COVID-19 pandemics, to compensate for the dramatic shortage of such ventilators in many countries. This ventilator is an electro-mechanical equivalent of the old, reliable Manley Ventilator. Our design is optimized to permit large sale production in short time and at a limited cost, relying on off-the-shelf components, readily available worldwide from hardware suppliers. Operation of the MVM requires only a source of compressed oxygen (or compressed medical air) and electrical power. The MVM control and monitoring unit can be connected and networked via WiFi so that no additional electrical connections are necessary other than the connection to the electrical power.

Resources

  • Mechanical Ventilator Milano homepage
  • Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM): A Novel Mechanical Ventilator Designed for Mass Scale Production in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemics arXiv 2003.10405

Looking for

Engineers, scientists and computing experts.

How to get involved

See website for contact information.

CHIME: COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics

As we prepare for the additional demands that the COVID-19 outbreak will place on our hospital system, our operational leaders need up-to-date projections of what additional resources will be required. Informed estimates of how many patients will need hospitalization, ICU beds, and mechanical ventilation over the coming days and weeks will be crucial inputs to readiness responses and mitigation strategies.To this end, the Predictive Healthcare team at Penn Medicine has developed a tool that leverages SIR modeling to assist hospitals with capacity planning around COVID-19. CHIME allows hospitals to enter information about their population and modify assumptions around the spread and behavior of COVID-19. It then runs a standard SIR model to project the number of new hospital admissions each day, along with the daily hospital census. These projections can then be used to create best- and worst-case scenarios to assist with capacity planning. It is currently being used by a few hospitals and they’re looking to expand!

Resources

Looking for

Primarily Devops folks to help scale up the models/app and automate data collection and Project Managers to help develop documentation and ensure user accessibility. Possibly some modeling folks as well.

How to get involved