Designing a New Center for Humanitarian Data

At the World Humanitarian Summit, OCHA announced that it would establish a new center for humanitarian data in The Hague in 2017. This commitment is related to the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity, specifically the shift to ‘change the way we work to end need’. The HDX team is now focused on turning this idea into a reality.   CONTINUE READING

HDX lance un nouveau labo de données à Dakar : venez nous rejoindre !

Le projet «Humanitarian Data Exchange» (HDX) est en train d’établir un labo de données à Dakar au Sénégal. Nous le prévoyons depuis longtemps, et il nous donne le plaisir de commencer enfin. Le labo offrira des services aux partenaires partout en Afrique de l’Ouest, en collaboration avec le bureau régional de UNOCHA au Sénégal. Les services comprendront le traitement de données, l’intégration des systèmes informatiques, le renforcement des capacités et l’engagement communautaire.


A New HDX Data Lab in Dakar

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is establishing a Data Lab in Dakar, Senegal. This has been in the works for some time and we are excited to finally get started. The Lab will provide services to partners across West Africa and in close collaboration with the OCHA Regional Office in Senegal. Services will include data processing, systems integration, capacity building and community engagement. The Lab will focus on a range of data challenges, including health data management, data security and mobile integration.

A New Wiki for Guidelines on Creating Interactive Maps

By Clara Buelhoff with Helen Campbell

As an Information Management Officer (IMO) for the field support team of the Global WASH Cluster, I see a consistent need for easy-to-use software that can visualize datasets from different sources. Helen and I decided to create guidelines that could help IMOs in the field to combine open data with open source technologies to create interactive maps.

For our initial example, we used Tableau Public and worked with two datasets for Iraq to create our data visualization: IOM data on internally displaced people and the administrative boundaries for the country. The step-by-step process to visualize this data can be found on the HDX Wiki. See the final product below.


How Do We Make Open Data Useful? An East African Perspective

“What is the use of open data that makes it relevant for everyone?” This candid question was raised at the East Africa Open Data Fest held in Nairobi in August. People from a range of backgrounds and organizations were asked to assess the International Open Data Charter and exchange views on how to strengthen open data policies in Africa by sharing experiences about what has or has not been working in the region.

Some great questions were raised about the meaning of open data: How do you say open data in your local language? How would you explain open data to your grandmother? Does open data have any relevance to the daily bread and butter issues that African citizens face?