As EU Member States start to exit the crisis and limitations start to ease, people will once again start to travel. However, we have seen that responses to the crisis have been rather national than coordinated at a European level. Moreover, it is evident that different Member States will exit the crisis at a different pace (for instance with Austria and Denmark already discussing easing restrictions). This means that people are faced with different rules and restrictions in different European countries. Our aim is to provide a platform that would provide people with easily accessible data (collected from trusted government and EU sources) about travel restrictions and different rules and limitations inside countries of destination. Our priority is to first and foremost collect information about EU Member States, potentially widening the scope to include other countries as well.
The result will be a webpage combining and presenting information from the crisis response website of all EU MS as well as EU institutions, including information about the situation on borders using existing open data. The information would be visualised in a manner that is easy to grasp for everyone. Our solution includes two components: (1) a table that shows the gathered database info, which is renewed periodically(2) a map, which shows the status of restrictions in each county, including the situation on borders (open, closed, partly open).
The solution is built on a web-page. It uses a database built with MySql. For the map we are using different APIs to make it more interactive. It should be a web-page with a simple user interface.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of sufficient and compatible open data, a more complex system based on analysing open data with algorithms is currently not possible. However, a solution is still needed and quickly, as some countries are already preparing to ease travel restrictions.
In addition, we continue to map existing open data and highlight where it is not yet available, hoping to bring attention to the need for standardized open data. In the future, on the condition that sufficient open data will become available, we foresee developing a more complex system that would include developing a suitable algorithm.
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