To halt Ebola’s spread, researchers race for data
Discover - 11/28/2014
Alessandro Vespignani is one researcher trying to gather that information. Vespignani seeks population data at the most granular level possible, trying to determine numbers of people and types of dwellings within five by five mile boxes, for example. He uses local census numbers plus data from the LandScan program out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Worldpop, a UK-based project to map populations in Africa, Asia and Latin America with a focus on development and health. He integrates that information with Ebola data provided by health agencies, and with data on the movement of people from airlines, borders, transportation records and other sources. In early September he published a high-profile projection of the potential international spread of Ebola, using these data sources.