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MISSION & VISION

MISSION. Shape the future of humanitarian aid by converting data into understanding, and put it in the hands of humanitarian relief workers, decision makers and people affected, so that they can better prepare for and cope with disasters and crises.   VISION Smart use of (big) data will positively impact faster & more (Cost) effective…

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FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN AID

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 510 the Data initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross invite you to their joint event. Yves Daccord (ICRC), Jelte van Wieren (MoFA), Maarten van der Veen (NLRC/510) will each share their thoughts on Humanitarian Aid and the Data Revolution. Data collaboration and…

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MISSING MAPS NL

Elke dag zijn hulpverleners van het Rode Kruis en andere organisaties actief in gebieden waar hulp nodig is. Soms omdat er net een ramp geweest is, soms om te zorgen dat het gebied is voorbereid op een ramp. In beide gevallen zijn goede kaarten belangrijk om efficiënt te helpen. Ze laten hulpverleners bijvoorbeeld zien waar… Read More
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EPI: EPIDEMIC FRAMEWORK

WHY It’s needed. According to the World Economic Forum, the list of most destructive and costly natural disasters includes infectious diseases. In this regard, Smith et. al (2014) reported that from 2000 to 2010 the count of epidemic events is 3420 in 219 nations. World Health Organisation also stated during a conference in 2017 that…

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CRA: COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT

GO DIRECTLY TO DASHBOARD HERE WHY It’s needed. Smart use of (big) data will positively impact faster & more (Cost) effective humanitarian aid. Contributing to open data, data analysis and capacity building in governments & NGO’s are essential to increase the understanding of humanitarian data.  51o has created the Community Risk Assesment CRA Dashboard to…

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CBA: CASH BASED ASSISTANCE THE FUTURE

WHY It's needed. The International Disaster Database records a steady increase in the frequency of natural disasters over the past 35 years.  In the past 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crises have almost doubled whilst the cost of humanitarian assistance has tripled. For this reason, the humanitarian world is undergoing a… Read More
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510 X TYKN

510 is exploring the use of Blockchain in Humanitarian Aid with Tykn.tech The organization is looking for smarter and more efficient solutions to enhance aid when a natural disaster strikes.   WHAT: 510 and Tykn.tech are researching the potential of blockchain to improve cash based assistance. The organization aims to develop a system with a digital…

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DATA COLLABORATIVE FOR SDGs IN MALAWI

THE INCEPTION WORKSHOP: In Malawi there are many data providers and data users and each of them uses different platforms and tools. The first step of building a data collaborative in a country is bringing these preexisting data ecosystems, stakeholders to the table and documenting the available relevant data with them. At 510 we do this…

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USING DATA RESPONSIBLY IN OUR DAILY WORK

510’s vision is to use (big) data to positively impact faster & more (cost) effective humanitarian aid. Yet, it is vital that the opportunities of using data go hand in hand with ethical standards on how to use data in a responsible manner. In April 2017, a Data Responsibility Project Team with a multidisciplinary background… Read More
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DATA LITERACY WORKSHOP: NLRC

Taking Data Literacy to the next level. As part of an annual training week at the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), the 510 team initiated and organised its very first one-day workshop on data literacy for the international department of NLRC. Project coordinators, country representatives, program managers, technical consultants, unit leads and many others, experienced the…

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A TYPICALLY ATYPICAL WEEK AT 510

If you have just watch the video animation above, you have witnessed a time-lapse of hundreds of hours of work, by mappers all over the world, squeezed into 15 seconds. From Aug 17- 25 both both amateur & professional volunteers started mapping areas affected by floods in south Asia. Among these, were mappers from The…

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NOS: RED CROSS CALLS FOR HELP TO MAP FLOODED AREAS IN ASIA

Translated from NOS article: Image from: AFP Due to heavy floods in Asia, the Red Cross is making a special global call. The non-governmental organization is not asking for money or supplies but is looking for people to identify disaster areas using the internet. In Nepal, Bangladesh, and India more than 16 million people are affected…

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IMPLEMENTING DATA PREPAREDNESS

Written by 510 SCIENTIFIC LEAD Marc van den Homberg. The Netherlands Red Cross has a long-term partnership with Malawi Red Cross, working together on humanitarian response and Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2015 the shelter cluster was activated in Malawi during one of the worst floods in the history of Malawi that led to a severe… Read More
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FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 2

Written by 510 DISASTER INFORMATION MANAGEMENT EXPERT Rebecca Visschedijk. After our team member Jannis Visser was successfully deployed to the Philippines (see: FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 1), there was a request for follow up Surge Information Management Support. This need had a different focus; where Jannis Visser had set up and processes… Read More
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HOW WE WORK WITH OUTLIERS

Written by 510 DATA RESPONSIBILITY EXPERT Kamal Ahmed. In the previous blog post on data verification we mentioned the need to identify outliers in the data. This blog post will look at some of the humanitarian aid datasets/formats and the types of techniques we apply to identify outliers and how to effectively deal with them.… Read More
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FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 1

Written by 510 Jannis Visser RISK ASSESSMENT EXPERT The Netherlands Red Cross data initiative - 510 -  is focussing on prototyping innovative solutions for disaster preparedness. However, when a disaster strikes, there is a more direct need for Surge Information Management support. Netherlands Red Cross, the youngest member of the IFRC Surge Information Management Systems (IFRC… Read More
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HOW WE VERIFY DATA

Written by 510 DATA RESPONSIBILITY EXPERT Kamal Ahmed. The 510 team works with data from many different sources. We often face challenges of completeness, validity and reliability. Therefore we took a deep dive into best practices for data verification. This blog describes shortly why it is important and how we address it. One of the… Read More
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510 TEAMTERVIEW HELEEN ELENBAAS

HELEEN ELENBAAS is our New 510 Intern and is studying MSc. Geographical Information Management and Application at Utrecht University. We took a few moments to catch up with her after her first month with the team. 1: How did you end up getting a work placement with 510? I discovered 510 via one of my…

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MSc Thesis graduate student Food security & Malnutrition Machine Learning Model

Position title: MSc Thesis graduate student Improving an open data and machine learning model to predict the food insecurity and malnutrition status of vulnerable communities.Duty station: The Hague and Utrecht (50-50)Time period: 4-6 months fulltime (depending on your institution’s requirements) Status: Student Background Since 2017, the Netherlands Red Cross 510 data initiative and the ICCO…

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510 x VanderSat

510 and VanderSat sign agreement to research the use of microwave measurements for Impact Based Forecasting   WHAT: 510 and VanderSat signed a research agreement to pilot how satellite data-based recommendations can support flood and drought forecasting. The plan is to utilize VanderSat’s Soil Moisture Monitoring, where sensors from space gather soil moisture conditions and…

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MAKING DAMAGE PROVISIONS MORE EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE

For the commemoration of the 1953 floods in the Netherlands the Watersnoodmuseum asked 510’s TuDelft Master Student Daniël Kersbergen to share his story when working as Information Manager on St Maarten post Irma. 65 years ago they used helicopters and now we also use drones to gather visual data to help the most vulnerable. Daniël…

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INTERNSHIP: TESTING SATELLITE DATA FOR DROUGHT & FLOODS FBF

Joint internship The Netherlands Red Cross 510 & VanderSat Testing high resolution satellite data in real Forecast Based Financing flood pilots Organizations: Within this internship you will work for two inspiring organizations that wish to improve the impact of satellite based water data within real development projects VanderSat is a commercial satellite data company that…

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PREDICTING FLOOD IMPACT IN MALAWI

I first came upon 510 when searching for a thesis subject. They had already worked on Priority Index Models (PIM ) for typhoons in the Philippines with a vision to do the same for all vulnerable communities across the globe. I have had an interest in humanitarian aid for a long time, specifically in potential applications…

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