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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.
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/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!
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.
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.
- Folding at Home homepage
- Folding at Home Community Support Forum
- Recent paper using Folding at Home to combat the Ebola virus
- Folding at Home is now more powerful than the World’s top 7 super computers, combined!
Anyone with a computer! Particularly in the areas of
- Strategic Product Design
- Website Enhancement
- Client Programming (C++, Web dev, JS, vue.js, JSON API)
- Project Viewer
- Protein Viewer
- Github Issue Triage
How to get involved
Follow the instructions on the COVID-19 page Sign up for the dev team at:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with the role you would like to fill, an introduction to yourself, and links to previous work.
This project aims to understand, anticipate, and act to support and ramp up our health systems’ capacity (beds, staffing, ventilators, supplies) to effectively care for a rapidly growing number of active COVID19 patients in need of hospitalization and intensive (ICU) care. We do open-source data collection, geospatial analysis, visualizations, and scenario-planning tools aimed at informing resource planning and deployment decisionmaking to support our healthcare providers at local, county, & state scale when and where the needs are greatest. USA-centric at the moment but tools and knowhow are intended to be applicable globally.