Author: Heather Leson

Building Maps is Building Trust

We are pleased to announce the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is joining the Missing Maps Partnership. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people – creating open data that can be used for planning, awareness, and analysis. Over 33,000 people have contributed 33 million edits to OpenStreetMap since Missing Maps was founded in 2014. These contributions have been used to support health interventions, emergency response and resilience programs. Volunteers, organizations, and humanitarians collaborate in a number of ways: remote mapping, field mapping and humanitarian activities. Founded by the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps connects a global community of volunteers to humanitarian response. Other Movement members also include the Netherlands Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross.  Some of the mapathon activities initiatives include mapping tasks in support of work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Nepal Red Cross Society, Tanzania Red Cross Society and Malawi Red Cross Society. Mapathons have been hosted by many national societies including Finnish Red Cross, German Red Cross, and others. As we grow this program, we anticipate more collaboration across the Movement. In addition to mapathons and remote activities, Missing Maps often involves field mapping with local...

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Dakar Data Champions

How can data knowledge help humanitarians reach more people? In collaboration with UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) Dakar Data Lab, the IFRC co-hosted a 2-day Data Skills event in Dakar, Senegal. We convened 45 data leaders from diverse humanitarian (including 15 people from the IFRC, ICRC and Senegalese Red Cross), civil society (including 10 people from OpenStreetMap Senegal), and technology organizations (Missing Maps, The peer-to-peer data skills workshop incorporated a mix of theory and practical exercises. By inviting a diverse group, the message is clear – build local data skills with the local data/technology network. This newly...

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Data @ IFRC: From Data Monologues to Infographic reporting (#15)

[ed. note: Data @ IFRC is a blog series to share highlights from the Red Cross Red Crescent Secretariat and National Societies. We will include learning opportunities and thought pieces on all things data from ethics to evidence.] In this edition of the IFRC Data Blog, we are share some examples of infographics and workshop plans for teaching responsible data. Annual Reports in Concise Form What if an annual report was less than 1 page, but still provided all the key information? Well, the IFRC Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting team created their 2016 Report as an infographic: Visualizing Remoteness and Vulnerability The Netherlands Red Cross’s 510 Global is field testing remoteness indicators. Their excellent summary of this project includes disclosure on how responsible use of data guided their work: “Data collected in this project was the minimum needed to verify the remoteness algorithms, and to contribute to specific key datasets, such as the locations of schools and hospitals, as well as building materials of buildings. In each village where data was collected, the village chief was consulted and permission was asked.” Responsible Data Monologues How can we teach key concepts and the practical application of data protection guidance and the responsible use of data? With the global Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) team, ICRC, and National Societies, we ran a workshop last week based on the...

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Audio: Take a listen to the Data Curious to Data Ready Discussion

In this one hour conversation, we consider data literacy and what it means for individuals and organizations. What are some examples of impact? Needs for systems and structural adjustments? We touch on wide-range of topics from types of data, how can we add value, how can we be honest and inclusive as we work with communities. One point that really resonates is the potential of being localized in our activities: “The ownership of data is where the power can really come from. Communities are engaged in collecting data and information about themselves that they are then using to show evidence/facts about what is happening. That can really do a lot for empowerment. “ (Dirk Slater, Fabriders) Listen to our discussion on Data Literacy: (1 hour) About our guests: We would like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experience and thoughts on the data journey: Nnenna Nwakanma, Senior Policy Advisor at World Wide Web Foundation, advocates for open data, open government and the open Web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Recently, she pioneered...

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.