To date, smart city initiatives have been largely top down efforts accompanied by hefty infrastructure investments. They’ve also targeted similar areas for improvements, like parking, street lighting, transportation, water and energy use, and waste management.   However, in “The next-generation …

How the New ‘Smart’ City Tackles Disaster Management with Open Data and Civic Tech Read more »

This map shows landslide sites. ICIMOD a team led by NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps and monitors potential geohazards using satellite data. One of the first things I did after the earthquake on 25th April was …

In post-earthquake Nepal, open data accountability Read more »

Information on affected population were kept in logbooks at the local level. I started working on first response to national disasters in 2009, when the Typhoon Ondoy struck the Philippines. Then, organizations and government officials had to collect data by making phone …

The 4 new essential data management tools for humanitarian work Read more »

My team is helping federal departments and agencies as they work to ensure: (1) they are using data to benefit all Americans; and (2) they using the data available responsibly. Ensuring Data Science Benefits All Americans Good data science and …

A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans Read more »

The earthquake in Nepal in May exposed the national government’s unpreparedness to deal with the aftermath of a huge natural disaster, but it also gave rise to a movement of young Nepalese people with the skills required to help their …

How open data and social media helped Nepal rebuild after earthquake Read more »

Google at Nepal Tourism Board and Kathmandu Living Labs: Collaborating for an Open Data Paradigm in Nepal   Just Google it! Now a pop culture reference point heard throughout the world, this phrase also defines the hyper-connected, continuously-innovating world of …

Google at NTB and KLL: Collaborating for an Open Data Paradigm in Nepal Read more »

Whenever there is an emergency in the Philippines, various organisations and institutions organise themselves into emergency clusters and working groups to increase the effectiveness of the response. One of the crucial elements of disaster response is information management. In various emergency contexts, …

Engaging more data actors in the Philippines for disaster response Read more »

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the …

“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster Read more »