UNC team launches Ebola tracking website for Liberia

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UNC team launches Ebola tracking website for Liberia

Ebolainliberia.org displays real-time information about the health crisis

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 8, 2014) – The Republic of Liberia now has an easy to read website for tracking Ebola statistics thanks to a team of students and alumni led by an interactive multimedia instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Steven King, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and his UNC team of 10 volunteer designers and developers launched ebolainliberia.org today (Sept. 8). The team includes students and recent graduates of the journalism school, a student from the UNC School of Information and Library Science and two more from the computer science department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

The site, also accessible at ebolainliberia.info, was requested last month by Liberia’s Minister of Information Lewis Brown. The hope is the site will help Liberian officials make better-informed decisions to help contain the spread of Ebola while providing the public with a transparent view of the country’s Ebola statistics. It serves Liberian healthcare workers, Liberian and world citizens, international journalists – and even the Liberian president.

 

The site contains graphs that include cumulative total cases of Ebola and cumulative total deaths as a result of Ebola. A map feature gives site users a color-coded view of number of cases and deaths by Liberian county.

 

“This project has been rewarding in so many ways,” King said. “Frustrating, but rewarding, knowing that we’re hopefully helping to ease a pretty scary situation in Liberia and knowing that our students can affect this kind of change through this kind of work.”

 

Read more about the project at unc.edu.

 

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School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Morgan Ellis, (828) 413-1657, morgan_ellis@unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact:  Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu