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GDS launches tool to help FCO identify danger hotspots
The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched a tool to help Foreign Office civil servants identify danger hotspots for British tourists.
The map takes data from the Foreign Office’s travel advice pages, and visually represents the frequency with which each country’s 'Contact Foreign Travel Advice Team' page is viewed. This is intended to flag emerging concerns that British citizens may have with a country. It is believed that this will help the FCO keep the pages up to date, and notify civil servants about potential problems.
An early version of the system was previewed on the GDS’s website. GDS data scientist Daniel Collins said data about different countries “naturally lends itself to a map-based approach”.
“One can immediately get a feel for trends across the world and get an instant indication of the causal link between news events and traffic,” he added.