Humanitarian Organizations and Data

“OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open licence.”

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is basically the Wikipedia of maps. Anyone can edit the map and use its data in their own applications. I contribute to OSM through the OSM tasking manager.

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
“The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [HOT] applies the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian response and economic development.”

HOT maintains a tasking manager which hooks up humanitarian organizations with volunteer mappers. They allow organizations to create mapping tasks in the their system and rank them by priority. That allows me to focus my mapping efforts on the most vulnerable and urgent parts of the world.

Humanitarian Data Exchange
“The goal of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. We are working on three elements that will eventually combine into an integrated data platform.”

“DataKind harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. We engage data science and social sector experts on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems and lead the conversation about how data science can be applied to solve the world’s biggest challenges.”

Human Rights Data Analysis Group
“The Human Rights Data Analysis Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that applies rigorous science to the analysis of human rights violations around the world.”

Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria
“Violation Documentation Center in Syria is an independent, civil non-profit, non-governmental organization that started its work of monitoring and documenting the violations of human rights in Syria since April 2011.”

UNOCHA – United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
“OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

They have good maps albeit in PDF format.

UNHCR Emergencies Data
“Explore more about UNHCR and partners’ response to the current emergencies and other protracted refugee crises. Access the information sharing portals.”

Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility
“The Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR), led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Children’s Rights and Emergency Relief Organization (UNICEF), is the global level forum for coordinating prevention and response to GBV in humanitarian and other crisis settings.”

“We provide reliable disaster and crisis updates and analysis to humanitarians, so they can make informed decisions and plan effective assistance.

Our editorial insight, combined with access to the latest technology, allows us to provide innovative, reliable and informative products and services on a continuous, global basis.”

“Welcome to the open collection of aerial imagery.”

“MapGive, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit, makes it easy for new volunteers to learn to map and get involved in online tasks.”

An example project using this data
#1082 – CAR, Bangui, 2014 update – Mapgive Project imagery

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