The State of Open Humanitarian Data in 2020

Friday, 31 January 2020

Monday, 27 January 2020 | Worldwide | OCHA

The Centre for Humanitarian Data has released a new report to increase awareness of the data that is available and missing across humanitarian operations. 

The State of Open Humanitarian Data is based on the data shared by dozens of partners through the Humanitarian Data Exchange platform as measured through the Data Grid, a feature that prioritizes core data into six categories. 

As we start 2020, just over 50 percent of relevant crisis data is available across 14 humanitarian operations. Afghanistan and the Central African Republic have the most complete data, while Venezuela has the least.

The largest data gaps are in the categories for health and education, and food security and nutrition. The categories with the best coverage of data include affected people, and geography and infrastructure.

When HDX was launched in 2014, it held around 800 datasets. Over the past five years, that number has skyrocketed to over 17,000 datasets.

The data covers every active humanitarian crisis, from Afghanistan to Yemen, and has been shared by dozens of organizations, from ACLED to WFP.

This is a tremendous achievement for collective action in a sector that relies on cooperation.

It also shows the value of an open data platform. OCHA’s work to aggregate data from many sources in one place has undoubtedly created efficiency in the system.

Humanitarians, donors, academics, and journalists no longer need to chase contacts to locate data; they can go to Centre for Humanitarian Data and search for it. If the data is not there, the Centre for Humanitarian Data team will help find it.

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Read the full article on the Centre for Humanitarian Data website.