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Ebola Open Data Jam - Podcast with IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic (up to IBM Research Computer Science Blog)
The current Ebola outbreak almost defies understanding. It has struck otherwise healthy individuals with a host of terrible symptoms. As of October 2014, Ebola has infected some 9,000 people, mostly in western Africa. Half have died. No cure exists.
What does exist is data related to the disease. A good deal of it resides in open data sets — content anyone can access without concern for copyright or patent infringement. Indeed, open data holds out hope to data scientists who want to help stem transmission rates, target resources in affected countries — and even contribute to a cure.
In this episode of Inside IBM Research, IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic talks about the first steps she and her colleagues at IBM are taking with the Ebola Open Data Jam and a crowdsourcing project called MapGive to create “data maps” that could help public health teams contain the spread of the disease.