A non-profit organisation. Providing global public goods.
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
Research is grant based and the data is published.
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
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.
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.
Flowminder does not have statistics on distribution. Interview with representative
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.
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
– Department of Public Health Sciences. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
– Aix-Marseille University
– College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China
– United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany
– Telenor Research, Oslo, Norway
– Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK
– School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Statistical analysis software (Stata, R, etc.)
GIS software (OpenStreetMap, GeoNode, ArcGis, etc.)
Disaster response, socioeconomic, migratory patterns, epidemiology, etc.
Anonymous cellular data, mobile app data collection, remote sensing, government census data, etc.
Is the code of this application open?
Is the data from this application available?
Is this data available for publishing? Subscription service (payed), publicly available, open source
What organizations/external resources is this product using to publish/analyze data (Worldpop, HDX, etc). Some companies/small organizations make use of existing companies infrastructure to upload their information to the cloud.
How can new users (Gov, companies, individual, etc) access this data for own use (api, full data export/subsets,etc)
- 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.
Peer reviewed data collection and analysis
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