Portal built by three Jadavpur University students of Information Technology uses the viewer’s GPS location to filter the search
In the scramble for organising healthcare resources for Covid-19 patients, youngsters are playing a key role in generating leads and connecting people in need.
The JU Covid Resources Group, comprising current students and alumni members, came up with the idea of compiling multiple sources of assistance under one roof and creating a one-stop website to cater to all Covid-related queries.
The group turned to three students of Jadavpur University’s Information Technology department -- Shreyan Ganguly, Esha Bose and Ayush Addhyan -- who took on the responsibility and used their tech skills to develop the Covid resources website https://www.covid-help.ml/.
The platform is a directory for different kinds of help, from oxygen, plasma, beds and medicines to testing services, ambulances and food delivery. And all this, keeping the user’s GPS location in mind.
How does the portal work?
The website is an automated platform that uses two methods to function. One is that of a crawler, which checks through government websites and other official portals, collating Covid-related data to be made easily available at one place.
The other is a manual method of data addition, where anybody from the public could volunteer and upload information. This information would then be verified by the volunteers of the Covid Initiative Group before being finally uploaded to the website.
Anybody across the country can access it. However, the data currently covers only Bengal and parts of Bihar. The team plans to expand the service base to other parts of the country as well.
“There is an option for adding information on the website. We would request everyone to come forward, contribute and mutually help each other in this struggle against the deadly virus,” said Ayush, a second-year student of IT and one of the website’s creators.
How it all began:
The JU Covid Resources Group, which has been carrying out several relief activities during the pandemic, came up with the idea of the dedicated website to cater to those in dire need. The group was formed in April with current students as well as alumni.
The basic aim behind the portal was to have a single destination where data concerning essential Covid medical needs could be uploaded and accessed by the general public. The best part is that the search results are automatically filtered as per the user’s GPS location.
“I really hope the website is helpful to the people. We look forward to making updates to make the site better, working on feedback from user experience,” said Esha, another creator of the website and a second-year IT student.
“Students of Jadavpur University have always taken a societal role in times of crises. It is certainly a matter of great pride to see our students coming up with such initiatives and ideas,” said professor Sanjoy Kumar Saha from the university’s Computer Science and Engineering department.
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