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The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)

The Humanitarian Data Exchange is a relatively new project from the UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) seeking to improve the access and quality of humanitarian data available to peacebuilders. The project is addressing three elements that when combined should greatly improve the tools available to conflict intervention and prevention specialists. The first element is an open access repository where data providers can upload their raw data sets; the second element, dubbed HDX Analytics, involves the development of a refined database of high-value data that can be compared across countries and crisis. Finally, the group is working to create a set of shared standards for humanitarian data formatting known as the Humanitarian Exchange Language. As of the time of this post, 1,885 Datasets covering 244 locations from 286 different sources are available, many with useful visualizations already provided.