Updated on June 20, 2024

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Created on June 26, 2017

Flowminder

A non-profit organisation. Providing global public goods.

Developed By
  1. Flowminder
Tested By
  • Aix-Marseille University
  • College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China
  • Elenor Research, Oslo, Norway
  • Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

Flowminder is a non profit organization that’s goal is to apply academic rigors and statistical analysis to research projects in low and middle income countries. They provide the analysis to partners and publish the data to provide decision support. Flowminder focuses on five areas including disaster response, socioeconomic analysis, epidemiology, capacity building and policy engagement.

“Our primary focus is operational projects with governments and international agencies. For validation and method description we often then publish them in peer reviewed journals”.Interview with representative

Target SDGs

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Flowminder, Worldpop

Manufacturing/Building Method

Flowminder is an independent research institute and many of Flowminder's staff are affiliated with academic institutions across the world. Their researchers range from economists, geographers, doctors, and computer scientists. They attempt to apply academic rigor to international development issues and publish their work in an open fashion.

Intellectural Property Type

Copyright

User Provision Model

Flowminder attempts to provide access to their analysis in a number of ways. They publish a large number of articles in peer reviewed journals as well as data sets which are available from partners. Flowminder is very active in social media along with their partners in attempting to get out the information to decision makers and the public at large.

Distributions to Date Status

Flowminder does not have statistics on distribution. Interview with representative

Areas of analysis

Disaster response, socioeconomic, migratory patterns, GIS, good governance

Data acquisition methods

Anonymous cellular data, remote sensing, survey data, government census data, partner NGOs data sharing

Open source code (Y/N/Other)

No

Open source data (Y/N/Other)

Other, depending on the project some data sets are published

Subscription required for data aquisition (Y/N)

No

Additional organizations/companies used to publish or analyze the data? (Y/N)

Yes

-HDX

-WorldPop

Third party (User) data access

Data exports from partners

Design Specifications

N/A

Product Schematics

Technical Support

N/A

Replacement Components

N/A

Lifecycle

N/A

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Flowminder's goal is to provide analysis to help identify distributions, migrations and characteristics of vulnerable populations. They provide this analysis to policy makers to enable them make policy decisions with the proper data to make a proper decision.

Vetted Performance Status

Notable models that have been developed using data from Flowminder include a model to project disease outbreak risk based upon anonymous cellular data analysis1, a model to predict climate change related migration patterns in Bangledesh2, and a model to analyze poverty in low and middle income countries utilizing satellite and cellular data3

Safety

N/A

Complementary Technical Systems

Statistical analysis software (Stata, R, etc.) GIS software (OpenStreetMap, GeoNode, ArcGis, etc.)

Academic Research and References

Bengtsson, L., et al., Using Mobile Phone Data to Predict the Spatial Spread of Cholera. Scientific Reports. Published: March 9, 2015. doi: doi:10.1038/srep08923

Lu, X., et al., Unveiling Hidden Migration and Mobility Patterns in Climate Stressed Regions: A Longitudinal Study of Six Million Anonymous Mobile Phone Users in Bangladesh. Global Environment Change, 2016. doi:

Steele, J.E., et al., Mapping poverty using mobile phone and satellite data. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Published: February 1, 2017. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0690

Since 2009 Flowminder has had 79 publications in peer reviewed journals.

“Where We Work: Discover Where We’re Making an Impact.” n.d. Flowminder.Org. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://www.flowminder.org/where-we-work 

“Competitive landscape – Center for Global Development.” n.d. Center For Global Development. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://www.cgdev.org/ 

“Competitive landscape – AidData — A Research Lab at William & Mary.” n.d. Aiddata.Org. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://www.aiddata.org/

“Our People.” n.d. Flowminder.Org. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://www.flowminder.org/about-us/our-people

“Flowminder Website Privacy and Cookie Notices.” n.d. Flowminder.Org. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://www.flowminder.org/privacy

“#flowminder – Search / X.” n.d. X (Formerly Twitter). Accessed June 20, 2024. https://x.com/hashtag/flowminder

“Flowminder (Inactive).” n.d. Humdata.Org. Accessed June 20, 2024. https://data.humdata.org/organization/flowminder?ext_archived=1

Compliance with regulations

N/A

Evaluation methods

Peer reviewed data collection and analysis.

Other Information

None.

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