PURPOSE, MISSION & VISION

PURPOSE. Improve speed, quality and cost-effectiveness of humanitarian aid by using data and digital.   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.…

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IMPORTING LARGE DATA ONTO OSM

Written by Jurg Wilbrink GIS. On the 12th of June 2018 510 uploaded 13.367 roof materials and shapes to Open Street Map. The import is a result of all the activities the data team of the Netherlands Red Cross (510) conducted in preparation and response to the hurricane ‘Irma’ that hit land on the island… Read More

CBA: CASH BASED ASSISTANCE 121

WHY IT IS 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 has almost doubled whilst the cost of humanitarian assistance has tripled. For this reason, the humanitarian world is undergoing… Read More

CRA: COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT

WHY IT IS NEEDED The goal of the Community Risk Assessment Dashboard (CRA) dashboard is to quickly identify the geographic areas that are most affected by a natural disaster or crisis and, within those areas, the people that are most affected. It forms a data preparedness solution to help reach those affected and most vulnerable… Read More

IBF: IMPACT BASED FORECAST

WHY IT IS NEEDED Damage, suffering and the cost of emergency aid will reduce when communities are capable of responding proactively to a disaster through early warning and early action. The goal is to collect and integrate data to predict the impact of impending disasters on vulnerable people that live in areas prone to natural… Read More

EPI: EPIDEMIC FRAMEWORK

WHY IT IS 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 was 3420 in 219 nations. The World Health Organisation stated during a conference in 2017 that between… Read More

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

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

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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510 RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA

Above you can see the live timeline where we update or response to Irma together with The Netherlands Red Cross Disaster Response in St. Maarten.            

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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

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

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

EFFICIENT AID: THROUGH ACCURATE PRIORITY INDEX PART 2

Written by 510 INITIATOR Maarten Van der Veen. This post is an extension to the earlier post. Please read it first to better understand the below additional information. Since the last release of the model we worked on better understanding our learning variable: the total number of houses damaged, adding new algorithms and finding the… Read More

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

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

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ONLINE VOLUNTEERING

WHO ARE YOU?  You are an enthusiastic, self-organizing professional, student or volunteer who is interested in being part of a wider team.You think that online volunteering can play an important role in supporting or strengthening field activities in the world of international development. Your main focus will be on the  programmes of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the EU Aid Volunteers Program.  WHAT DRIVES…

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510 TEAMTERVIEW JASPER MEIJERING

Jasper Meijering is a master thesis student at 510 and TU Delft’s Humanitarian Technology Lab. At TU Delft he follows the Engineering and Policy Analysis program.   1: Where did you hear of the 510 team? In my first years of study, the humanitarian sector was pretty much off the radar for me. This ended…

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DATA SCIENTIST DATA4SDG

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?  We are looking for a bright and creative Data Scientist with a hands-on approach and technical skills who is interested in contributing to humanitarian data needs in Malawi and Congo.   You will be part of an international and multidisciplinary team and work closely together with the project lead. We therefore…

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SPATIAL DATA & SDG REPORTING IN GLOBAL SOUTH

Changing of the guard? The rise of spatial data for reporting on the SDGs in the Global South   Written by Heleen Elenbaas for the brokeronline.eu  This piece was elected runner-up in the CSDS - The Broker Student Blog Competition on SDGs. Three years after drafting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first steps of progress towards… Read More

DATA & TEXT MINING FOR HUMANITARIAN FUNDS: DREF

As a Graduate Intern at ORTEC you will be part of a unique organisation and team! With this graduate project, you will be part of ORTEC’s student team in the Text Mining LAB. Together with other graduate students, you will work within the same strategic topic, but you will have your own research question and…

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DATA & TEXT MINING FOR HUMANITARIAN AID: VCA

Graduation project: Data and text Mining for humanitarian aid at the Red Cross As a Graduate Intern at ORTEC you will be part of a unique organization and team! With this graduate project, you will be part of ORTEC’s student team in the Text Mining LAB. Together with other graduate students, you will work within the…

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FRONT END DEVELOPERS

WHO ARE YOU? We are looking for data literate, bright and creative people with a hands-on mentality and technical skills to work in our team for at least 1 day a week over a flexible period of time. You will be donating your skills for our 121 project future of cash based assistance.  YOU ARE…

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BACK END DEVELOPERS

WHO ARE YOU? You are data literate, bright and creative, with a hands-on mentality and technical skills to work in our team for at least 1 day a week over a flexible period of time. You will be donating your skills for our 121 project future of cash based assistance.  WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING Writing… Read More

VOLUNTEER: GIS EXPERT

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? We are looking for a bright GIS professional with a hands-on approach and technical skills who wants to contribute to humanitarian data needs. Within your position you will support with 1- or 2-day (technical) GIS tasks such as: Creating web-map overviews Extract, Transform and Load secondary data sets Set up…

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510 TEAMTERVIEW HELEEN ELENBAAS

HELEEN ELENBAAS is our 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 classmates,… Read More

DATA DRIVEN RESPONSE

KENYA: DAM BURST MAY 2018 ST.MAARTEN NOS: RED CROSS CALLS FOR HELP TO MAP FLOODED AREAS IN ASIA THE PHILIPPINES Read More