The World Health Organization states we are not only fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also fighting an infodemic. Google shows over 15B combined results for “CoronaVirus” and “COVID19” as of April 1st. We have an overabundance of information, some of which is reliable and trustworthy and some is not. Even Anthony Fauci (head of NIAID says, ”It gets a little confusing what you can really believe.” It is difficult to find the most reliable up-to-date information. The pandemic requires rapid responses that need interdisciplinary collaboration demanding a radical restructuring of how information is accessed and shared. A unified, up-to-date, contextual view of online data and research is needed to accelerate a new level of sense-making, collaboration, and learning.
What it does
COVID19 is revealing the need to move into the next frontier of new technologies allowing individuals, researchers, healthcare providers, policy makers, journalists, agencies, and other community stakeholders to think and learn together in order to generate and harness new levels of collective intelligence that is beneficial for all.
The COVID19 Bridging Project aims to crowdmap all of the relevant online information ecology for the COVID19 virus including second order effects to build an interactive, up-to-date layer of contextual information on all relevant web pages, generating a relational, self-generating COVID19 knowledge map.
Imagine being able to see the connections between emerging science; latest developments in research and policy; breaking news, false news and misinformation; on-the-ground stories including what worked, what didn’t and the context; and best practices. Imagine being able to connect with other people who are asking similar questions on the same web page in real time… even in other languages. This project fundamentally changes the way people navigate, interact, and make sense of the relevant information online and builds off of Brigit’s current Alpha capability to build the Beta version of the browser overlay. The COVID-19 Info Bridging project will be the seed of a pandemic map and ultimately a map for health and wellbeing allowing for Massive Online Research Collaboration for COVID19. Massive Online Research Collaborations (or MORCs) HELP professionals working on COVID19 info TO collaborate on the same web page WITHOUT any coordination EVEN IF they don't know each other or speak the same language VIA an online platform through the self-generating, collective knowledge map of all online data and insights for the coronavirus. The project taps into large well-resourced groups, associations, and organizations; and grows to experience network effects in value creation as the number of users, amount of content, and the synergistic value of the content scales. All individuals will be able to tag, notate, and create polls on specific content that can be sorted by keywords, categories, and subcategories, which are pulled into lists to track relevant information, and connect specific pieces of content on one web page to a piece of content on another web page. Artificial Intelligence will monitor the knowledge map and send alerts about emerging threats, false news, and misinformation.
The COVID19 Info Bridging project is an example of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17.6, which calls for a “global technology facilitation mechanism“ that enhances cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation as well as knowledge sharing.
This project has the potential to have a strong diminishing impact on the Infodemic around the COVID19 pandemic. Outcomes include the interactive, self-generating collective knowledge map, a shared context for collaboration and communication, a cohesive community that learns together, as well as access to faster, accurate, up-to-date answers to questions that accelerate insight, innovation, and mutual learning.
How we built it
We have an alpha browser extension built with React, Node.js, Laravel, and Posgresql
Challenges we ran into
A small fraction of pages are coded in a way that make annotations difficult Pages that change can break annotations Annotating Facebook
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Built working alpha Presented project at S VirtualPresented project at I Am Weekend 2020Participated in Johns Hopkins COVID19 Design ChallengeParticipating in WHO ad hoc consultation on infodemic managementAccepted in the COVID19 AcceleratorAccepted to Coronavirus HackathonInvited to submit Executive Summary to US Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Proposal
What we learned
The importance of focusing in a solving an important need that people are experiencing on a day-to-day basis.
What's next for COVID19 Info Bridging Project
Participating in WHO ad hoc consultation on infodemic management, the COVID Accelerator, and the Coronavirus Hackathon.
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