Humanitarian Data Exchange
The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open-source platform for sharing data in crisis and humanitarian contexts.
The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open repository where data can be uploaded and shared between organizations. It was designed to provide support in decision making in the context of humanitarian crises.
HDX was designed and implemented by OCHA. In 2020, it had contributions from 279 organizations.
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Anyone working in the humanitarian sector and population affected by humanitarian crisis
HDX can be visited
In August 2020, HDX repository consisted of 17,639 datasets, from 253 locations and 1364 sources.
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)
HDX intends to aggregate information that is useful in humanitarian contexts, humanitarian data. HDX defines humanitarian data as follows:
- data about the context in which a humanitarian crisis is occurring
- data about the people affected by the crisis and their needs
- data about the response by organisations and people seeking to help those who need assistance
HDX accepts data shared between organizations. The user of HDX needs to be part of an organization, and have the appropriate benefits, in order to be allowed to contribute data. Through HDX, it is possible create a new organization or ask to join an existing one.
The platform is open-source, and data is also open-source. However, there are three ways in which data can be shared in HDX: Public, Private, and By Request.
Contact for support can be found here.
To make humanitarian data accessible and easy to use for analysis.
The UN has claimed that HDX has been a key enabler for aid agencies to be able to compare and contrast various needs crisis contexts and help enhance the responses.
In 2015, The New York Times used HDX data to report on the Ebola outbreak, showcasing the efforts to address the outbreak to the global audience.
Full list of testing organizations can be found here.
Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL), is a language standard intended to make data interoperable between data sources and organizations. It is used in HDX.
Keßler, C., Hendrix, C., 2015, The Humanitarian eXchange Language: Coordinating Disaster Response with Semantic Web Technologies, The Semantic Web for all, 1 Jan. 2015 : 5 – 21.
- UN Radio – Saving lives with data: how the UN is developing digital tools for improved humanitarian aid
- Capacity4Dev.eu – Q&A: The challenge of open data in humanitarian response
- AcademyHealth – Sixth Annual Health Data Liberator Award Honors Work to Increase Use and Impact of Humanitarian Data
- Devex – Opinion: Humanitarian world is full of data myths. Here are the most popular
- Center for Data Innovation – 5 Q’s for Sarah Telford, Chief of Data Services at UNOCHA
- Aidpreneur – Terms of Reference Podcast, with guest Sarah Telford
- Devex – Solving the data conundrum: How to leverage tech and ‘big data’ for impact
- Thomson Reuters Foundation – From displacement to death, UN data innovation aims to boost aid response
- Huffington Post – Open data platform lets aid groups respond more efficiently to crises
- UN News – UN Agencies boost partnership on visualization of food security data for Yemen
- The Guardian – Data exchange helps humanitarians act fast and effectively
- Fast Company – How the candy crush of data is saving lives in Nepal
- Forbes – UN deploys new tech to make relief faster in Nepal
- The Independent – Open Data: What is it and why are people so scared of it?
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