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Ebola Open Data Jam in NYC (Oct. 18-19) to mobilize the Data Science community and find ways to help fight Ebola (up to IBM Research Computer Science Blog)
The Ebola infection rate is growing faster than organizational efforts to combat it. At current rates of growth, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide will be infected over the next six months.
There is still time to make difference. Aid groups around the world are working over time to bring resources to combat the epidemic in West Africa. Many are publishing Open Data about the disease and their efforts but no on has the time or resource to bring all this data together for analytics and discovery.
We are stepping forward to do that. Working with IBM Research, the US State Department, NASA, many Aid Organizations, and the amazing NYC Tech Community, we're organizing an Ebola Open Data Jam in NYC on October 18th at 156 5th Avenue (North West corner of 5th & 20th Street), to bring Data Science to the fight against Ebola.
The event is designed to accomplish two goals.
1. Help MapGive work on the Ebola Mapping project. This is a crowdsourcing Mapping operation: http://mapgive.state.gov/
2. Inventory all possible Ebola Open Data Resources that can be collected in a portal and brainstorm analytic purposes and options. We are setting up an Ebola Open Data Repository on Softlayer to provide a common free and open resource to aggregate/federate/collect Open Data related to Ebola.
We've arranged the venue and announced a Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Africa-Open-Data/events/211518232/ This will be a full day (9am-3pm) workshop. We have a terrific meeting space. Please register at the meetup site to participate. We need all the best minds the CS community can spare. There is still time to bring the best Open Data together, use Analytics to help aid workers focus their resources, make a difference and save lives. Please give us a few hours of your Saturday. Thank you.
Contact: Steve Adler (adler1 [at] us [dot] ibm [dot] com)