DEVELOPING A PRIORITY INDEX FOR EARTHQUAKES

Identifying aid priority areas by learning from past events Written by Evelien Bulte 510 STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST In the first few days following a severe earthquake there typically is a scarcity of reliable information about the impact on local communities. In this situation, decision makers of the humanitarian aid sector struggle to get an… 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

EFFICIENT AID: THROUGH ACCURATE PRIORITY INDEX PART 1

Written by 510 INITIATOR Maarten Van der Veen. The Priority Index is a data driven solution to predict damage to houses after a (super) typhoon or hurricane. We use data and machine learning techniques to identify priority areas for humanitarian aid. Organizations like the Red Cross  and Red Crescent National Societies, governments or UN OCHA… 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

DATA LITERACY

WHAT IS DATA LITERACY Data literacy the ability to read, understand, create and communicate data as information. Much like literacy as a general concept, data literacy focuses on the competencies involved in working with data. It is, however, not similar to the ability to read text, since it requires specific skills involving reading and understanding… Read More