Centre for Humanitarian Data opens
- Centre for Humanitarian Data opens
- Fri, 22. December 2017
The Centre for Humanitarian Data is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. It is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Centre’s services are available to humanitarian partners and OCHA staff in the field and at Headquarters free of charge.
The Centre is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The location offers OCHA and partners the opportunity to work in a neutral setting where a new culture can be created around data collaboration. It is temporarily located within the University of Leiden’s campus in The Hague. It will eventually move into the Humanity Hub, a dedicated building for entities working in social sector innovation. The Hub is currently under development by the city of The Hague.
Data Labs are also located in Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar, Senegal.
- The Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya has been operating since November 2014. The team is focused on increasing data sharing among partners across East Africa and providing services such as data cleaning and interactive visualizations.
- In November 2016, a second Data Lab in Dakar, Senegal was opened to speed up the flow of data across West Africa. The team is focused on integrating data systems, conducting user research and increasing adoption of the Humanitarian Exchange Language.
What is HDXThe Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open platform for sharing data, launched in July 2014. The goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. Our growing collection of datasets has been accessed by users in over 200 countries and territories. Watch this videoto learn more.
A team within the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) manages HDX. OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat, responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. The HDX team includes OCHA staff and a number of consultants. We are based in North America, Europe and Africa.