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H. Wang, C. Wu, C. Chen, B. Turhan, S. Chen and J. Whittle, "Software Engineers‘ Response to Public Crisis: Lessons Learnt from Spontaneously Building an Informative COVID-19 Dashboard," 2022 IEEE/ACM 44th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society (ICSE-SEIS), 2022, pp. 149-160, doi: 10.1145/3510458.3513010.

Software engineers‘ response to public crisis : lessons learnt from spontaneously building an informative COVID-19 dashboard

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Author: Wang, Han1; Wu, Chao1; Chen, Chunyang1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University Australia
2Faculty of Info. Tech. and Electrical Eng., University of Oulu Finland
3Data61 CSIRO, Australia
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-10


The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak quickly spread around the world, resulting in over 240 million infections and 4 million deaths by Oct 2021. While the virus is spreading from person to person silently, fear has also been spreading around the globe. The COVID-19 information from the Australian Government is convincing but not timely or detailed, and there is much information on social networks with both facts and rumors. As software engineers, we have spontaneously and rapidly constructed a COVID-19 information dashboard aggregating reliable information semi-automatically checked from different sources for providing one-stop information sharing site about the latest status in Australia. Inspired by the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Map, our dashboard contains the case statistics, case distribution, government policy, latest news, with interactive visualization. In this paper, we present a participant’s in-person observations in which the authors acted as founders of serving more than 830K users with 14M page views since March 2020. According to our first-hand experience, we summarize 9 lessons for developers, researchers and instructors. These lessons may inspire the development, research and teaching in software engineer aspects for coping with similar public crises in the future.

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ISBN: 978-1-6654-9594-3
Pages: 149 - 160
DOI: 10.1109/icse-seis55304.2022.9793554
Host publication: 2022 IEEE/ACM 44th international conference on software engineering: software engineering in society (ICSE-SEIS), 22-27 May 2022 Pittsburgh, Pensylvania
Conference: International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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