A crowdsourced coronavirus tech handbook launched by London civic hackers is mobilising technologists across the globe to collaboratively fight the global pandemic
Its creators Newspeak House say the site crashed not long after launch, due to huge volumes of traffic, but has since been upgraded and is back online.
It’s part of the growing open science movement, galvanising amid the escalating outbreak – aiming to keep up, with lightning-fast collaborations to fight the global health crisis.
The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowdsourced resource for technologists building solutions related to the outbreak – providing a live working book to pool global knowledge and resources to help contain the pandemic.
Launched by the London College of Political Technologists at Newspeak House, the platform brings together crowdsourced information across an array of dimensions of analysis, for live collaborative projects, in areas including models and forecasting, as well as protective and preventive hardware.
Emerging technology is being seen as a crucial weapon, as governments and health authorities seek to mobilise any possible advantage in the fight against the pandemic.
The White House has held a meeting with Silicon Valley tech giants, including Amazon and Google, seeking to leverage their powerful systems for crunching and analysing data, to better understand the disease.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has enlisted the services of the world’s most powerful supercomputer – the IBM built Summit – to study small-molecule drug compounds to develop a cure.
But while large government agencies and tech companies work together largely behind closed doors, proponents of the open science movement say it too has a vital role to play in the fight against Covid-19.
Advocates highlight its ability to mobilise and facilitate collaboration in real time for the quick release of data to respond to the dynamic nature of the outbreak.