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Proceedings of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 4
Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 4, 34, 2021
Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 4, 34, 2021

  03 Dec 2021

03 Dec 2021

Bridging research and dissemination in the CoViD-19 era: a WebGIS dashboard for the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy)

Nicola Gabellieri1, Francesco Geri2, Andrea Marco Raffaele Pranzo1, and Paolo Zatelli2 Nicola Gabellieri et al.
  • 1University of Trento, Department of Humanities, Geo-cartographic Centre of Study and Documentation – GeCo, Italy
  • 2University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Italy

Keywords: WebGIS, CoViD-19, health geography, dissemination

Abstract. The paper presents an ongoing project devoted to the study, the analysis and the representation of epidemiological data related to CoViD-19 spread in the territory of the Province of Trento (Italy), both for scientific and communication purposes. In this broader context, the construction of a digital cartography tool as a WebGIS to allow local communities understanding of epidemiological spread is presented. Data have been supplied by the local Provincial Health Authority; statistic have been processed in order to develop municipality scale vector polygonal coropleth and point maps in order to show affected, health and death rate distribution. A timeline allows the representation of changes and dynamics from Spring 2020 to the current date. The database provides “on-the-fly” data to the production scripts of maps and time charts. These scripts querying the database produce a geographic file in the geojson standard interchange format. This file is read by the javascript scripts based on the leaflet libraries for the production of the final maps. In a similar process, scripts based on the chart.js library produce the graph of the data temporal variation, automatically reading dates and interval time of analysis. A custom procedure was developed to allow the periodic update of the dataset. New information is added to the database by uploading an external spreadsheet. The study presents the methodology to develop and assess the WebGIS for managing, visualize and analyse Coronavirus diffusion. Future implementation of the WebGIS will expand the used data and allow the comparison with social and environmental factors.

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