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In 2020, we curated this collection of civic tech responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We connected our community to virtual events, funding opportunities, and collaborative civic tech projects that tried to help the world respond and recover.

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Do Open Data Impact on Citizens’ Behaviours?

This study by Yuya Shibuya empirically analyzes the impacts of open data on behavioral change by investigating the case of Taiwan.

Let's Talk Vaccines

A free course to help journalists translate the language of vaccine science and the promise of vaccine access into compelling human stories.

Local Needs Databank

Local Needs Databank

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

The Local Needs Databank (UK) is an open set of needs and Covid-19 data, specifically about those in financial hardship in the UK.

Self-fabricated Face Shields

People with access to lasercutters and 3D printers are designing and fabricating face masks for front-line healthcare workers

Tech Kontra Wirus

Tech Kontra Wirus

Poland (Polska)

Code for Poland's platform for prioritizing amongst many Coronavirus response ideas

First Draft News Coronavirus Resources for reporters

We have created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information.

COVID-19 Response Community Slack

Join a Slack team where organizers, healers, community leaders and practitioners can respond around a national response to COVID-19.

Berliner Gehwegbreiten

A map showing the width of sidewalks across Berlin using #OpenData

Coronavirus Reponse: Ways to Help, Volunteer, and What to Do

Here's a list of actions, ideas, ways to help, volunteer and donation opportunities to help those impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus: Responsible reporting and ethics

a selection of guidelines and discussions produced by First Draft on reporting disinformation around coronavirus and other topics ethically and responsibly, as well as a curated list of other resources to help you navigate potential issues covering what the WHO has called an ‘infodemic’.

Invisible Hands

Invisible Hands

New York City

Safe, free deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk community members facing COVID-19.

Covid-19 Ministerio de Salud Argentina

Coronavirus Covid-19 es la app oficial del Ministerio de Salud de la Nación y tiene como objetivo que los argentinos y las argentinas puedan realizarse una rápida autoevaluación para saber si sus síntomas son compatibles con el COVID-19.

IHELPYOU.app

IHELPYOU.app

Poland (Polska)

Inspired by the help that people give each other during hard times, we created an application that will allow anyone in need to find help in their daily duties.

Covid19cz.cz – Data proti Covid

COVID19CZ je společná aktivita několika českých technologických firem a IT nadšenců zaměřená na pomoc v boji s nákazou COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Hackathon (April 18-19)

We will use the hackathon concept to come up with new products, business models, policy and campaigns by encouraging cross-pollination of ideas.

covid19italia.help

A crowdsourcing platform, run by volunteers, to share useful and verified information on the Coronavirus pandemic in Italy

Are we in Lockdown dot com

Website that shows country-by-country coronavirus social distancing responses

Coronavirus Tech Handbook

a crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak

Health Sites

Health Sites

Netherlands (Nederland, Holland)

Building an open data commons of health facility data with OpenStreetMap

COVID19.NYC

A knowledge base website that collects public health information on the novel coronavirus from WHO, CDC, NYS, and NYC.

Apple Maps COVID-19 Testing Locations

As a healthcare provider, lab, or other business, follow these steps to submit information on COVID-19 testing locations that Apple may display to its users.

The OpenCovid19 Initiative

Developing and sharing open source methodologies to safely test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using multiple approaches.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

A directory of over 900 COVID mutual aid local groups all across the UK, mostly via Facebook groups, and a backgrounder on what they are and how to start one.

COVID-19 self-assessment tool

Another open source self-assessment tool, by the Ontario government

Open Source Ventilators Subreddit

A community dedicated to researching locally-sourced, easy-to-manufacture designs for PEEP valves, BVMs, automated BVM pumps, and full ventilators.

Brightest COVID-19 Relief

Brightest COVID-19 Relief

Brightest, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Connecting coronavirus relief and aid orgs with support

Areyousafe.work

An online open content tool designed to help workers share information with each other about health and safety issues in their workplace

Digital Health Lab

Digital Health Lab

San Francisco

At Meedan’s Digital Health Lab we are researching, designing and testing a digital response framework for addressing health misinformation online, centered around accessibility and equity.

People's Coronavirus Response

This group is intended to serve as a venue for discussing three major issues: the magnitude of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the medical steps indicated to deal with it, and practical responses to the new social challenges it poses in everyday life and in the political work of left activists.

F4c-response listserv

This group is a place for those who facilitate online (or need to) can learn, share and make offers to the world as the Covid19 virus plays out.

Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies

This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Apple bans coronavirus apps from the App Store

The App Store should always be a safe and trusted place for users to download apps. Now more than ever that commitment takes on special significance as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities around the world are depending on apps to be credible news sources — helping users understand the latest health innovations, find out where they can get help if needed or provide assistance to their neighbors.To help fulfill these expectations, we’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions. Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an app related to COVID-19. Entertainment or game apps with COVID-19 as their theme will not be allowed.We understand the need to get these apps into the hands of customers as soon as possible. We encourage developers that meet this criteria to select “Time-Sensitive Event” on the expedite request form to ensure prioritized review since App Store review may take longer.If you are developing an app on behalf of a client, please advise your client to add you to the development team of their Apple Developer account. If your client does not yet have an Apple Developer account, they can enroll in the Apple Developer Program. Nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities that plan to distribute only free apps on the App Store can request to have their annual membership fee waived, if based in an eligible country.Learn about membership fee waiversRead the App Store Review GuidelinesRequest an expedited review

COVID-19 map

COVID-19 map

Taiwan (T'ai-wan)

Members of g0v.tw built a page that matches government information on the recent movements of confirmed coronavirus patients with users' location history based on Google Maps Timeline to check whether or not they may have had contact with the patients, and if so — where and when.

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