In collaboration with national governments, GRID3, Esri, and Fraym are producing user-friendly data hubs that serve as consolidated online repositories for geospatial data. Among other features, the hubs give users access to data visualisations, such as web maps that can show locations of positive cases (or aggregated counts of cases) at the subnational level that are combined with other relevant information like locations of hospitals, isolation centres, population density in the epicentres of COVID-19 infections (or in close proximity to the hot spots). The visualisations can also show the total number of tests that have been registered in a given country, adding an important layer of context for a detailed overview that is as complete as possible.
While the main focus of the data hubs currently centres on COVID-19 relief, the hubs’ usefulness extends far beyond the pandemic. Collaborating with Esri, GRID3 will deploy a Global Data Hub to host the core foundational data products on ArcGIS Online, a technology that enables its users to create interactive maps and online platforms. In addition to ArcGIS Online serving as a data repository where data can be easily accessed for download, the hub website will showcase GRID3 data via interactive visualisation tools, as well as link to the country-specific hubs developed in coordination with government stakeholders.
Finally, GRID3 and Esri will assist countries with building visualisation tools such as dashboards, web applications, and web maps, and are providing technical expertise and capacity strengthening assistance where needed. The data hubs that host the tool suite are highly adaptable to local requirements and can be adjusted over time as priorities evolve.