[HOT] Free data for humanitarian purposes

Mike Dupont jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 9 06:19:06 BST 2012

Hi Lukasz,
Some ideas :

1. One source of data is the freedom of information request, formal
and informal. if you ask local agencies and companies for data you
often will get it.
2. I never heard about COD, but it reminds me of http://www.data.gov/
there is an open source app ckan that people are using.
hope that helps.

On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Lukasz Kruk <lukasz.kruk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear HOTsters (HOTties?),
> That's my first post here, so I presume that a short introduction is in
> order? I'm a recent graduate of MSc in Geospatial Technologies, during which
> I was fortunate enough to have a number of humanitarian issues used as case
> studies for GIS applications. Currently I'm leading the IT Team at one of
> Geneva's IM-oriented humanitarian NGOs.
> I'd like to start my participation here with a question - probably something
> fairly well known to those in humanitarian aid world, but fairly new to me:
> data availability and the approach to the problem by those who
> (theoretically?) have the power to make a difference. I know that the topic
> is enough for a book or few, so I'll try to use a specific example: what do
> you think about OCHA's CODs and FODs:
> http://cod.humanitarianresponse.info/
> is this data actually useful, complete, high-quality? Is the availability of
> it any help when data is actually needed? Is there any benefit for having
> for example elevation data in there, if it's no higher resolution than SRTM?
> What about free data provided by http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ while a
> lot of countries don't have any data assigned on COD/FOD page? All and any
> thoughts and comments are welcome.
> I hope that this question makes sense here (I'm sorry if it doesn't!), and
> will be grateful for any feedback.
> best,
> --
> pozdrawiam - kind regards - cumprimentos - mfg
> Łukasz Kruk
> http://lukaszkruk.com
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