Inspiration

The inspiration for this mobile application was that searching online for data regarding the Covid-19 incidents, we found that there is a gap in citizens protection real time information. The only information is given daily by Civil Protection (on TV broadcasting live on radio) and the available data are in a pdf format. What if we could use data, anonymize them so that they can be shared broadly (respecting GDPR) and inform citizens on the current Covid-19 situation in Greece? That can be a trigger for Greek national health organization and civil protection to combine information in a machine readable form.

What it does

Amnesia for Covid-19 is build upon the Amnesia service of OpenAIRE. Amnesia is a data anonymization tool, that removes identifying information from data. Amnesia not only removes direct identifiers like names, SSNs etc but also transforms secondary identifiers like birth date and zip code so that individuals cannot be identified in the data. Amnesia supports k-anonymity and km-anonymity. The current application of Amnesia on the Covid-19 incidents (dummy data are used for this demo) showcases; i) A map of incidents recorded by city including statistics of the incidents per week (dummy data) ii) A list of hospitals (appointed for Covid-19) and their status (supplies, number of patients, of critical ICU patients, level of supplies, number of gloves and respirators) iii) A full (dummy data) patients list with their personal information available iv) An anonymized list of patients data after the data (ii) are run on Amnesia v) An informative tab with Amnesia, EODY and Athena Research & Innovation Center information

How we built it

We used the suggested Glide tool where we inserted all the data available in the app. Amnesia was fed with a dataset and in less than 5 seconds its algorithms anonymized it (~1000 rows of data). The application is shaped and formed adjusted to the Glide capabilities and Google Spreadsheets connection with the Glide API.

Challenges we ran into

We couldn't find open data for Greece except from the information provided in pdfs daily. Therefore we used dummy datasets and created new imaginary records. Sometimes Glide was not stable, so we thought of alternative solutions. We had to limit the number of rows of patients data to 100 due to the quantitative limitation of data rows of the free Glide version (max 500 rows in total).

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We combined a research service like Amnesia with commercial products to create a new tool (the mobile application) that can start a governmental cooperation and connection of the triangle - research, government, industry. Furthermore, we discovered a gap in the way the Covid-19 data are shared and Amnesia could ensure that information could be GDPR compliant and openly available respecting the FAIR data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) .

What we learned

We learned how to create a mobile app easily through Glide and Google Spreadsheets and demonstrate how anonymization algorithms and tools can assist on democratizing data for citizens in agreement with common public wellbeing.

What's next for Amnesia Covid-19

We could contact EODY (national health organization) and offer to anonymize Covid-19 datasets with Amnesia and provide them as Open Data to the community via the REST API of Amnesia. OpenAIRE services can be used towards the FAIR openness of that data (i.e. Zenodo). For very demanding safety environments, users can use the local version of Amnesia instead of the online one. Amnesia could also work with the data.gov.gr team to apply anonymization algorithms on data and integrate Amnesia in the platform. The application could be a user friendly and valid citizens guide.

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