Research on Speeding up the Flow of Data

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) aims to accelerate data flows in the humanitarian sector and reduce the time between data collection and decision making. What if accessing data generated with mobile tools like KoBoToolbox was easier and faster? How would users of KoBo and HDX benefit from the integration of these two systems? CONTINUE READING

HXL essayé en Guinée lors de l’épidémie de maladie à virus Ebola

[This post is also available in English.]

En juillet et août 2015, l’équipe «Humanitarian Data Exchange» (HDX) a mis en place un système léger, basé sur les normes, afin de surveiller la formation des travailleurs sanitaires en Guinée. Les intervenants de première ligne faisaient face à un risque élevé lors de l’épidémie d’Ebola en l’Afrique de l’Ouest : plus de 700 d’entre eux ont été infectés par le virus d’Ebola. La surveillance de la formation en Prévention et contrôle des infections (PCI) est devenue un élément essentiel de la réponse, y compris au sein de plus de 1 000 établissements sanitaires à travers la Guinée. CONTINUE READING

A Field Test of HXL during Guinea’s Ebola Epidemic

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In July and August 2015, the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) team deployed a lightweight, standards-based system for tracking the training of health workers in Guinea. Front-line health workers were at high risk during the West African Ebola epidemic: over 700 of them became infected with the Ebola virus. Ensuring that health workers were trained to protect themselves from infection became a critical part of the response, and involved more than a thousand formal and informal health facilities across Guinea. CONTINUE READING

What HXL hashtags are people using?

The Humanitarian Exchange Language is a simple data standard developed collaboratively by representatives from 15 humanitarian organisations and released in March 2016. HXL’s goal is to improve data quality, automation, and interoperability, without placing a major burden on the people and organisations who provide humanitarian data (see Simon Johnson’s blog post “How HXL is being used at the British Red Cross” for an example of these benefits in practice). The standard continues to be guided by an informal working group.

HXL 1.0 final released