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11/10/2014
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Elena Malykhina
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IBM Brings Open Data Tech To Ebola Fight

Here's how IBM's new West African lab is using open data and other technologies to help Sierra Leone and Nigerian governments contain the disease.
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Tackling Ebola locallyIn 2013, IBM opened its first African research laboratory to focus on the continent's most pressing issues related to energy, water, transportation, agriculture, and healthcare. 'We believe that innovation has a significant role to play in undertaking Africa's biggest challenges. With 25 PhD researchers based in Africa, we are uniquely positioned to play an important role in tackling the Ebola virus,' said spokesperson Jonathan Batty. Pictured here is one of those researchers: Saheed Akindeinde, healthcare lead at IBM Research, Africa. 

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Tackling Ebola locally
In 2013, IBM opened its first African research laboratory to focus on the continent's most pressing issues related to energy, water, transportation, agriculture, and healthcare. "We believe that innovation has a significant role to play in undertaking Africa's biggest challenges. With 25 PhD researchers based in Africa, we are uniquely positioned to play an important role in tackling the Ebola virus," said spokesperson Jonathan Batty. Pictured here is one of those researchers: Saheed Akindeinde, healthcare lead at IBM Research, Africa.

(Image: IBM Research)

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PedroGonzales
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11/10/2014 | 4:54:37 PM
using technology to solve the world's problem
I think IBM efforts in this problem can bring benefits to both entities. IBM gets to test their technology in a new setting and West African countries have the advantage to use the latest technology to tackle one of their most pressing problems. I hope more partnerships are created like this to bring technology to be use to tackle an important social problem.  May be there could be state mandates here in the U.S for technology companies to help support one local social problem.
Charlie Babcock
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11/10/2014 | 7:15:01 PM
Ebola data repository overdue
An Ebola Open Data Repository is something that's badly needed to combate the disease. Familyh members, community members, health care workers fall in with the disease and we seem to lack data on who they came in contact with or how the disease spread. Some health workers with protective clothing come down with it. Others don't. Might be wise for the future of humanity to do a better job of figuring out possible points of transmission. 
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