Data Scope and Criteria

  1. There are three categories of humanitarian data which may be shared on HDX:
    a. Data about the context in which a humanitarian crisis is occurring (e.g. administrative boundaries, locations of schools, health facilities and other physical infrastructure, and baseline socio-economic indicators).
    b. Data about the people affected by the crisis and their needs (e.g. needs assessment data, movement data and locations of affected people).
    c. Data about the response by organizations seeking to help those who need assistance (e.g. who-is-doing-what-where, community perception surveys, and funding levels).
  2. All data shared on HDX must meet the following criteria:
    a. Public and private datasets may not contain any personal data. Aid worker contact details may be shared within a private dataset, if those aid workers have provided consent. Personal data is information, in any form, that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person.
    b. Public and private datasets may not contain any sensitive non-personal data. This includes information which, while not relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, may, by reason of its sensitive context, put certain individuals or groups of individuals at risk of harm.
    c. Data must have been collected in a fair and legitimate manner with a defined purpose and in line with principles of necessity and proportionality.
    d. Data must be shared in a supported data format. HDX supports all common data formats and offers built-in preview support for CSV, TXT, XLS, and JSON formats. Map previews are possible from geographic data in zipped shapefile, KML and GeoJSON formats.
  3. Organizations should keep their data on HDX up-to-date in order to present the latest available information.