Ebola in Libera

During the peak of the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014, there was a request from the Ministry of Information in Liberia to help analyze and visualize the data they were collecting. Working with Tony Blair’s Commission on Africa, Professor Ken Harper at Syracuse University and 10 UNC students, I led the team to create a data dashboard used to brief the country’s top leaders and to help the crisis team make important decisions.

The application provided an Application Programming Interface (API) that enabled the visualization dashboard to be updated in real-time. It also allowed for developers across the world to use the data for prediction modeling. The application was built in less than two weeks and used from August through October 2014 when other systems from the CDC became available.