CORONAVIRUS: RESOURCES AND OPEN KNOWLEDGE TO COLLABORATE IN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC
In this article, you will find a broad list of open knowledge resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including case-monitoring dashboards and public information tools. Click here for more.
DIGITAL SOLUTIONS IN OPEN SOURCE TO HELP GOVERNMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS TO RESPOND AND PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
- Zero Lines is a web application designed to facilitate citizen services, allowing people to save time and skip the line by scheduling an appointment with the necessary government office. In addition, the tool allows users to assess the quality of service received to inform improvements for these service processes. The application was developed by City Government of Veracruz, Mexico. In the current context of social distancing, the City Council of Veracruz is using Zero Rows to continue providing attention to citizen services while preventing the need for people to congregate.
- Virtual Congress is a web platform that connects the legislative branch with citizens. The platform makes it easier for citizens to become informed about bills and to participate in public debate and in the drafting of laws. With measures to COVID-19 including quarantine and remote work, virtual interaction between citizens and legislators becomes even more relevant. This tool offers congresses technical support to continue functioning during the health crisis while maintaining legislative activity and building a dialogue with constituents.
Find these and other open digital solutions here in Code for Development.
COVID-19 Better Together Challenge
Global initiative to crowdsource solutions that support Venezuelan migrants and their host communities facing the pandemic. Read more here.
In a context where millions of students worldwide are staying at home to contain COVID-19's spread, the IDB Group created the #MovingOnline platform to support the transition from classroom-based to online training. This open virtual space offers different resources to help professors, participants, and education workers to move quickly and effectively towards e-learning. The platform also provides a collaboration forum to answer related questions and share experiences and initiatives from other institutions. Go to #MovingOnline here.
Responses in 3D: Opening up the production of critical medical supplies
This article describes various efforts in the region using open-source designs for 3D printing of face shields and other critical supplies. It provides details about the methodologies used to coordinate the production, distribution and recollection of materials, the lessons learned from different instances, and the questions raised by these experiences. Read the blog here.