[Geowanking] collective swine flu API googlemaps
knauer at rhizalabs.com
Thu Apr 30 02:49:50 PDT 2009
We're working with researchers that have been mapping the reported
cases of H1N1 swine flu based on user input, reports in the media and
official data being released by governments. You can see the initial
results here: http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com
Dr. Henry Niman is heading up the data collection/vetting process and
we at Rhiza Labs have stepped in to build infrastructure for him to
collect the data in a more structured manner than just dropping pins
on a map. The structured data helps researchers so that they can
track the spread of the flu using multiple dimensions. We believe
that this will help provide more accurate and useful data in the long
run, especially if the number of reported cases starts to grow
Anyone can download the latest raw data in CSV or KML by registering
(free) on the site and then just picking the dataset they want to
download. We're also making available a few datasets that have the
data aggregated to shapes of political geographies (counties, states/
provinces, countries, etc.). When users click through from the front
page at http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com they can also build and share
their own map visualizations and/or import other related data and
visualize it along with the flu data. We're expecting to have some
socio-economic analysis of where the flu is hitting within a few days,
and we hope to see other data analysis starting to come in from users
The reason that efforts like this are needed are that there is a big
gap between the number of suspected cases that are being reported and
the official estimates from governments around the world. It's very
early in all of this, but we are starting to see a general trend that
the cases that are starting out as suspected are by in large turning
into confirmed cases, which means that these types of user-generated
tracking sites do represent a good indicator system as to the
direction of the spread of this flu.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs
knauer at rhizalabs.com | office: 412-488-0600 | cell: 412-551-2163 |
On Apr 30, 2009, at 1:15 AM, Enrique Muñoz wrote:
> Three days ago we developed this API, trying to help to monitoring
> the spread of the flu, using ajax with php
> storing data in xml. Looking for the public participation to locate
> contagious and deceased that they know the case.
> we are trying to solve some issues..
> - How to control the submits of each user (participant)? via e-
> mail, googlespreadsheets, DB connection, xml restrictions for
> posting the entries, etc. We dont know what to do
> - How to restict the selection of markers over the ocean and water
> - How to detect the replication of one case of flu in the xml data
> storing file?
> please, if you have some others issues that we couldnt detect, feel
> free to express it!
> Any ideas?
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