Getting Started

| January 5, 2021

You'll find a 'contact the contributor' link below the title of the data on all the dataset pages. Please find more details here.


| January 5, 2021

You'll find a 'Request Access' button for datasets where only metadata is provided. The HDX Connect feature makes it possible to discover what data is available or what data collection initiatives are underway. Only registered users have the ability to contact the organisation through the request access module. The administrator for the contributing organisation can decide whether to accept or deny the request. Once the connection is made, HDX is not involved in the decision to share the data. Learn more about HDX Connect here:


| January 5, 2021

HDX allows registered users to follow the data they are interested in. Updates to the datasets that you follow will appear as a running list in your user dashboard (accessible from your user name in the top right of every page when you are logged in). You can follow data, organisations, locations, topics and crises.


| January 5, 2021

Anyone can view and download data on HDX, however registered users have access to more features. After signing up you can:

  1. Contact data contributors to ask for more information about their data.
  2. Request access to the underlying data for metadata only entries (our HDX Connect feature).
  3. Join organisations to share data or to access private data, depending on your role within the organisation, e.g. an admin, editor, or member of the organisation (see more below).
  4. Request to create a new organisation and if approved, share data publicly or privately.
  5. Add data visualizations as showcase items alongside your organisations datasets.
  6. Follow the latest changes to data.

| January 5, 2021

Use our password recovery form to reset your account details. Enter your username or e-mail and we will send you an e-mail with a link to create a new password.


| January 5, 2021

You can register by clicking on 'Sign Up'.


| January 5, 2021

We build and test HDX using the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox. We also test on Microsoft Edge, but do not formally support it.


| January 5, 2021

Yes. HDX uses an open-source software called CKAN for our technical back-end. You can find all of our code on GitHub.


| January 5, 2021

We define humanitarian data as:

  1. data about the context in which a humanitarian crisis is occurring (e.g., baseline/development data, damage assessments, geospatial data)
  2. data about the people affected by the crisis and their needs
  3. data about the response by organisations and people seeking to help those who need assistance.