New Features: ‘Contact the contributor’ and ‘group message’

When designing for the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), I’m always curious to know more about how people are using the site as part of their daily workflow. One consistent request from users has been the ability to connect directly with contributors to ask questions about their data. This direct communication follows a network model where people have access to each other without having to go through a central point, i.e. the HDX team.
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European Refugee and Migrant Trends Visualized

For the last years, thousands of refugees and migrants from conflict-affected countries have tried to reach Europe in their attempt to find a better life. According to UNHCR, more than 1.2 million people arrived by sea from January 2015 to June 2016, whereas in the same period of time more than 6,700 people died or were missing from their pursuit to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
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Common Operational Datasets for the European Refugee and Migrant Response

With millions of people fleeing hardship and violence in Syria as well as many other countries, the humanitarian community is facing significant challenges. Coordinating the response to such a massive, long-term humanitarian situation across the many national, international, and local response actors requires collaboration and partnership. It also requires interoperable data so that everyone has a common understanding of the crisis.
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HDX combines multiple datasets to explore a crisis

Until today, every dataset on HDX has stood alone. Our users could visually preview a dataset and explore interactive visualizations based on a dataset. But in each case, it was a single dataset, a view of one dimension of a humanitarian crisis. However, humanitarian crises contain many dimensions, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) team, as well as our users, have always recognized the need to combine datasets into a broader view of a crisis to support both advocacy and operational decision making.
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Making the Invisible Visible: A short film about humanitarian data

As manager of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) for the past two years, I have met incredible people working to make humanitarian data easier, faster and more useful in their context. I have also noticed that the conversation around data, with a focus on code and infrastructure, can often get abstract very quickly.
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