Institutes join hands to make the Covid site work | Visakhapatnam News
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (file photo)
VISAKHAPATNAM: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, the Center for Networked Intelligence at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) are collaborating with Semantic Web India, a private technology company based in Bengaluru, to pursue efforts of a critical data website on Covid-19.
The new public repository is hosted on the website – www.incovid19.org.
The existing website, www.covid19india.org, offered a comprehensive view of the pandemic across India by providing data on confirmed cases, active and recovered cases, testing and deaths. The portal has also recently started showing the status of vaccination delivery, both for single dose vaccines and for complete vaccines.
The website, which until now was run by volunteers using a crowdsourcing model, has provided valuable data to the public as well as to researchers studying the pandemic. Organizers recently announced that they will be halting operations beyond October 31.
This new initiative from these academic institutions and Semantic Web India will now continue to update the data from Monday November 1 and make it available at www.incovid19.org.
Associate Dean (Industry Council and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, Prof. V. Kamakoti, said www.covid19india.org is providing a valuable service by making this data available to the public in one place. “This has benefited the general public and researchers studying the spread of Covid-19. Taking these aspects into account, the three institutions are working with Semantic Web India to provide similar data, with some further improvements.”