Turning data into action: supporting humanitarian field workers with open data

David Paulus, Kenny Meesters, Bartel van de Walle

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In the aftermath of disasters, information is of the essence for humanitarian decision makers in the field. Their concrete information needs is highly context-influenced and often they find themselves unable to access the right information at the right time. We propose a novel ICT-based approach to address these information needs more accurately. First, we select a group of in-field decision makers and collect their concrete information needs in the disaster aftermath. We then review to what extent existing data and tools can already address these needs. We conclude that existing solutions fall short in meeting important information needs of the selected group. We describe the design of an information system prototype to address these gaps more accurately. We combine data of the International Aid Transparency Initiative and the Humanitarian Data Exchange to form the data-backend of our system. We describe our implementation approach and evaluation plan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th ISCRAM Conference
EditorsKees Boersma, Brian Tomaszewski
Place of PublicationRochester, NY, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-692-12760-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event 15th ISCRAM Conference: International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management - Rochester, United States
Duration: 20 May 201823 May 2018
Conference number: 15


Conference 15th ISCRAM Conference
Abbreviated titleISCRAM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • iscram
  • humanitarian
  • Information management
  • decision making
  • open data
  • iati
  • hdx


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