Friday, December 23, 2011

Map of Preventable Diseases

The renowned Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently released an interactive map showing outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.  Initially based on more than three years’ worth of news clippings collected by staff, going forward the map encourages submission of “crowd sourced” data that can be verified in major news articles.  Go here to view the map and learn more.

Comment:  Here’s another example of an organization not normally associated with the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) that is working to bring visualization to public safety/health data.  Most interestingly, lacking apparent access to formal information flows from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), the CFR has instead opted use an approach that relies on the awareness of the masses.  In that thought is another emerging reality for the ESS – social media is both transmit AND receive.

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