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Health Map

site Distributed Knowledge / Health and Wellbeing
Health Map
URL: www.healthmap.org
Description Founded by John Brownstein (Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School) and Clark Freifeld (software developer and PhD student in biomedical engineering at Boston University), HealthMap is a publicly-accessible, crowdsourced website and smartphone app geared towards tracking the spread of disease whenever an outbreak occurs.
Editor's comments Today, HealthMap uses an hourly web crawler to aggregate reports in seven languages--including Portugese, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese--to help the public and health professionals track disease trends in near real time. It takes data that is publicly available and essentially triggers a chain of activity--as reports become publicly available, HealthMap tracks those reports, and then public health officials around the world can make use of the data as they see fit.

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