CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the gender of the president of Liberia. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a woman. The story has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
“The data tracks the number of cases of Ebola, the number of deaths and the breakdown of the cases that are probable, suspected, and confirmed,” said Alison Blaine, a graduate student in the School of Information and Library Science.
Blaine is on the Crisis Development Team for the website, which launched Monday.
“After reading the news about the Ebola outbreak, and knowing how urgent the crisis was — when I received emails from Professor King about an opportunity to assist the government of Liberia — I definitely wanted to help with the project because of its importance,” she said.
Steven King, a professor in the journalism school and development director for the website, said about 10 students and recent graduates are involved in the project.
He said the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism of Liberia reached out to his colleague Ken Harper, a professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, who asked him to assist with the project.
Harper said when the Liberian government asked him to help, he quickly thought of partnering with King, who immediately wanted to help.