A thing which has been surprisingly useful many times in the last month:
There are a lot of people who are time-constrained right now and who operate on e.g. text quickly. Some information they need is audio or video.
You would think "Ahh just get it transcribed; brilliant."
However, many of these people are in organizations which do not have a convenient way to quickly get something transcribed. It requires a roundtrip through vendor qualification, a purchase order, possibly public notification requirements, etc etc.
Thus you can get a *surprising* amount of leverage if you have independent grantmaking authority i.e. a credit card.
"Here's a transcription of X prepared by a commercial transcription agency I am unaffiliated with."
Same for translations/etc.
That was Patrick McKenzie on twitter.
You could extend it slightly:
"The COVID Knowledge Project"
- Professional transcriptions (well formatted, table of contents, etc) of COVID video and audio content
- High quality translation of COVID content, papers, etc between languages
- Content reformatting - basically take thoughtful proposals and information shared on twitter, and repackage it in a way that is easier for people not on twitter to read, share and discover. Twitter content isn't very legible outside of twitter. But turn it into a blog post with clean typography and add a summary and a table of contents and it becomes much better.
- Content summarization - high quality summaries of covid related content that could be potentially important