The Centre is focused on four work areas: 1) data services; 2) data literacy; 3) data policy; and 4) network engagement. The Centre also has an internal focus on strategy.

We believe that this mix of activities is mutually reinforcing: data services make data accessible so that more people can find it; data policy ensures data is used responsibly; data literacy improves how data is used; and network engagement brings more people into the conversation and ensures a human-centered approach.


Data Services

Data Services

The Centre’s data services work includes direct management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), OCHA’s open platform for sharing data from a range of partners and across multiple crises. We are also focused on gaining adoption of data standards, including for the Humanitarian Exchange Language and the International Aid Transparency Initiative. We offer support for custom data visualizations to partners that share data through HDX.


Data Literacy

Data Literacy

The data literacy work stream is focused on increasing the capability of people to access and use data in support of humanitarian efforts. We will offer in-person and remote training programmes for technical and non-technical users of data.

The Centre will also manage a Data Fellows Programme that will place data experts within partner organizations and OCHA offices to work alongside staff to build capacity. Fellows may be recent university graduates or people working in the tech industry who want to contribute to the social sector for a fixed time period. The Fellows may work at the Centre in The Hague or be placed within an an organization at Headquarters or in the field.

We expect the data literacy workstream and Data Fellows Programme to operational by late 2017 with ad hoc training and Fellowship opportunities before then.


Data Policy

Data Policy

The Centre will lead OCHA’s data policy work and develop institutional data sharing agreements between OCHA and partners. We will also work with partners to create a trust framework for sharing data in crisis settings. This effort will help define the elements of trustworthiness required for data sharing and develop the policy documents and community engagement needed to support this.


Network Engagement

Network Engagement

The Centre will further build and engage an active community in support of its mission and objectives. We will do this by creating physical and virtual spaces to work together on data challenges and creating a transparent collaboration model for people, organizations and companies to engage with us.

The Centre’s office space will be open plan with individual workstations for partners who want to work alongside us in The Hague’s Humanity Hub which is expected to open in late 2017. Prior to that, the Centre will be temporarily housed within the University of Leiden’s campus in The Hague where we can also host partner staff and workshops.

There are a number of ways to collaborate with us. This includes information sharing, third party projects, direct projects and secondments.

 

Visit the Get Involved page to contact us with questions or comments about your area of interest.