COVID-19 Crisis Project and Knowledge System

May 01, 2020

Presented by Michael Caudy

The goal of the COVID-19 Crisis Project and Knowledge Base is to identify the most critical facts and knowledge for the most effective response to the virus outbreak, and store and make those facts and information public in an online Knowledge Base, as a collaborative project with others.

The other collaborators can be:

Software Developers: Drupal CMS, NodeJS (MEAN), etc.
Front Line Medical Workers: Doctors, Nurses, EMTs, etc.
Biomedical Scientists: Geneticists, Virologists, Epidemiologists, etc.
Journalists: News Journalists, Cable Journalists, Citizen Journalists, etc.
Collaborators or Partners who make significant contributions will be listed as co-authors on the web site and also on any publications that are derived from this work.

Session Description

The COVID-19 Crisis Project and Knowledge System is built on the Gnomics KS distro, which itself is built on the Drupal CMS, in particular on the Panopoly distro. It is running on

I have been using Panopoly for many years, at first because it was developed by Earl Miles (Merlin of Chaos) and others at Pantheon, etc to be the Next Generation of Views and Panels for Drupal 7. It has been widely used for many other projects, and to my knowledge it is still the most widely used Distro as a Base Distro, such as Open Atrium.

So in some ways, Drupal devs can consider this session as an introduction and promotion of Panopoly. However, with that said, I would not call myself an expert at Panopoly, in general, but I do consider myself an expert at using Panopoly to develop custom Knowledge Systems, which is what Gnomics Knowledge Systems is all about.

Briefly, a Knowledge System is more than just a Knowledge Base in that the focus is on Knowledge Creation, not just Knowledge Management.

Obviously the main purpose of this talk is to invite Drupal devs, and others, to join in, and collaborate on, this extremely important COVID-19 Crisis Project and Knowledge Base

Drupal related goals:

Add Forum Discussions to reviews the current News, Literature Research and other critical information; such at that provided on this page, that explains:
Why Micro-Testing and Micro-Tracing - ie Micro-Containment - of the NY City Hospital ERs is Critically Important at this Time
Add Blogs for Project Members to publish their Journal entries.
Add the Book module and plan to publish the web site as a Book, similar to the The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 book.
Design and add a Landing Page "Dashboard" that provides graphical data mashup that; something like this Panopoly "Demo" page:
Fix the WYSIWYG Editor, which currently is broken. This may only require updating the relevant modules, or it may require more extensive revisions using the Pantheon tools

Hi! I'm Karim Boudjema, the developer and site-builder of this site.

I was wondering how could I giving back to the Drupal community all what it gave to me during the last 10 years, that's how the idea of this site came to me ... (read more)

Hi! I’m Santiago Rico, the web designer and themer of this site.

When Karim proposed me to design and theme this site for the Drupal community, I accepted immediately because the community is the main reason why I love Drupal so much.