The inspiration was a passion to help those affected by COVID-19 and those who want to make change in the future through researching the US' response to the pandemic as well as state and nation-wide legislators.
What it does
The website displays maps and graphs built with ArcGIS of 3 categories from the database Dr. Raifman's team made. The website also allows users to sign up to receive email updates to new information and learn how we can better serve them information wise.
How we built it
We built this website in three sections. The first was the user interface and experience phase where we determined through interviews with potential users as well as working closely with Dr. Raifman's team for what would serve their need the best. The next phase was making the ArcGIS maps and dashboards. This involved one team member filtering the data from the main data base so that ArcGIS would be able to read the information and produce helpful maps and graphs. Team members then made this data on ArcGIS into maps and dashboards and made them accessible to the public. Using these public links we embedded them into pre-made html pages and styled these pages using css and connected all the pages using python and flask.
Challenges we ran into
One challenge we ran into was working with ArcGIS and getting the data from the main database into the proper shape files to make the maps and graphs. This resulted in a bottle neck of work for one team member.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of helping Dr. Raifman and her team as well as producing our first website for some of our team members. We are also proud of the interactivity of the website specifically with the ArcGIS dashboards and their graphs.
What we learned
We learned how to embed ArcGIS with html easily so that we can show may arcGIS maps and dashboards in one place instead of needing to rely on the ArcGIS platform to host and deploy the dashboards. Some of the team members also learned how to build a website for the first time and others improved their knowledge of the ArcGIS platfrom.
What's next for Tracking Legislation
The next step for us is to finish deploying the website via heroku and then possibly in the future continuing to update the website to include categories from the remaining sections of the main data base from Dr. Raifman's team.