Australasia Covid Updates | Project 1495

Project Info

Team Members


Gaurav , Tushara , Zach Sim

Project Description


Problem:

Living in a Post-Covid world is inevitable. Technology has played a pivotal role in fighting the virus from day to day, as well as for governments to make decisions. To re-open the world we have to innovate in the way we use vast amounts of information and technology. Currently we have information from governments that we rely on the most, mainstream news and social media. People spend a major part of the day trying to put them together to make sense of them all. For example, when lockdown is imminent, it is not always clear where to go to get facts right. There are rumors, hesitant governments, and misinformation.


Solution

We have created a website where you can see timely information from verified sources. A map with the locations of interest in Australia and New Zealand and the number of Covid-positive cases gives a general outlook of cases. Clicking on the hotspots brings up any alerts on that location. You can also view Covid-19 testing centers and vaccination centers. This simple to use format ensures that the user has a reliable place to go to for accurate information. Users can zoom into areas to get location-specific information. For governments, this potentially means that they provide real-time information and can spend less time mitigating the response for new cases.


Future updates:

  • Relevant social media updates to scroll through
  • Display which shops are currently open, including alerts (reduced hours, etc), and advertise contactless delivery options
  • Additional displays and filters on the map
  • Integrate with additional data sets
  • Check your on location history (from Google's data) to alert you if you were a location of interest
  • To overcome privacy issues, this would be opt-in and has to be manually exported from google and imported into the frontend of the application. This information won't hit the backend of the application and cannot be shared with anyone.

Data Story


Behind the scenes we utilise data from numerous sources.

  • Using Confluent cloud we are able to subscribe to locations of interest throughout Australia and get updates in real time.

  • Using a dataset from the Ministry of Health NZ we can pull the current NZ locations of interest.

  • Using datasets discovered through data.gov.au we can display testing locations and vaccinations sites for a few states/territories.

  • Using datasets from Healthpoint we can display testing locations and vaccinations sites throughout NZ.


Note: The site may take some time to load, as Heroku puts the application to sleep if unused for too long.

Due to limitations of the free tier of Heroku, that data currently doesn't update over time. But this can be configured and manually executed in the short term.


Evidence of Work

Video

Homepage

Team DataSets

Victorian testing site locations for COVID-19

Description of Use To be used on the map view, to show vaccination locations in NZ, & Victoria.

Data Set

NZ Covid vaccination locations

Description of Use To be used on the map view, to show vaccination locations in NZ, & Victoria.

Data Set

COVID-19 clinics [NSW]

Description of Use To be used on the map view, to show testing locations in NZ, NSW, & Victoria.

Data Set

Victorian testing site locations for COVID-19

Description of Use To be used on the map view, to show testing locations in NZ, NSW, & Victoria.

Data Set

NZ Covid testing locations

Description of Use To be used on the map view, to show testing locations in NZ, NSW, & Victoria.

Data Set

COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest [NZ]

Description of Use We currently utilise these locations via an automatically scheduled job to query the data and update the applications stored version of the data. This data is processed and grouped with other data to make a single map of the all current locations of interest in both Australia and New Zealand.

Data Set

Australian National University CRISPER data within Confluent Cloud

Description of Use The (ruby on rails) application utilises a library (racecar) to connect to the Kafka broker hosted on Confluent cloud. We subscribe to the govhack-covid_contact_locations topic, and will get automatic updates. We then process this data and serve it to the web application via a graphql api that anyone can connect to.

Data Set

Challenge Entries

Living in a post-pandemic world

How can we use real-time data to assist with the preparation and ongoing management of living with Covid-19 as we progress towards a post-pandemic Australia and New Zealand?

Eligibility: Contestants should use Confluent as part of their solution and the CRISPER dataset as part of their solution.

Go to Challenge | 13 teams have entered this challenge.

Most creative use of open data

This challenge is about being as creative as you possibly can be using any open data available under any of this year’s themes. Think outside the box and create!

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.