In an effort to shed light on the Ebola crisis in Liberia, center director Ken Harper, in partnership with assistant professor Steven King of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, mobilized a team of developers and designers that quickly created an interactive online data visualization website that shows the Ebola outbreak as it happens, offering government officials and the public immediate access to constantly evolving information. By using open-source technology, a group of passionate academic and professional volunteers were able to disseminate information which can prove to be life-saving.
Thomas Karyah, Liberian project director, who works with the Liberian Ministry of Information and the United Nations, contacted Harper, who has a long-standing relationship with Liberian journalists, artists and the government. In a matter of weeks, site was available to the general public, providing a central location to track the latest official data on known Ebola cases. Harper and King are now working with Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative and the Centers for Disease Control to evolve and improve the site as the situation on the ground changes.
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