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Global pulse technology summary


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Talk given by Sara Farmer to Columbia New Media Task Force in June 2011

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Global pulse technology summary

  1. 1. Global Pulse has a clear vision and an ambitious mission our mission Harness innovation to protect the vulnerable our vision Close the information gap between the onset of a crisis and the availability of actionable information for decision makers
  2. 2. The Information Gap When the global economic crisis hit in 2008, world leaders needed to know how the crisis was affecting vulnerable populations. That turned out to be a bit of a problem.
  3. 3. Household-level stats take months to collect, and years to validate!
  4. 4. The information gap is real… ? First data becomes available
  5. 5. … as are its consequences.
  6. 6. Yet during the global crisis, the world also changed in truly wondrous ways
  7. 7. Data Open and Generated Data <ul><li>Open Data </li></ul><ul><li>Population-generated data </li></ul><ul><li>SMS surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Gov2.0 apps </li></ul>UN and Government Data <ul><li>UN open data </li></ul><ul><li>License agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Data cleaning & normalisation </li></ul><ul><li>Individual privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Data Sovereignty </li></ul>Private and Donated Data <ul><li>Data held by private companies </li></ul><ul><li>Data Philanthropy </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy protection </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for 'markers' </li></ul>
  8. 8. Real-time “data exhaust” “ the incidental, or ambient data that is created as a by-product of simply carrying on with our daily lives ” <ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Online News </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Phone Services </li></ul><ul><li>Remote Sensing </li></ul>
  9. 9. The data is out there…
  10. 10. Issues: first do no harm <ul><li>Data security </li></ul><ul><li>Individual privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Data sovereignty </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Information content </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul>
  11. 11. Global Pulse Products: Real-time monitoring framework Open platform architecture Local innovation labs
  12. 12. Analysis & Visualisation Collaborative analysis <ul><li>Hunch labs </li></ul><ul><li>Argumentation methods </li></ul>Big Data methods <ul><li>Real-time streaming data </li></ul><ul><li>Very large datasets </li></ul>Traditional methods <ul><li>Frequentist statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Bayesian statistics </li></ul>Test case: food insecurity (2008, 2011)
  13. 13. Technologies <ul><li>Open standards, open APIs, open source components </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with your team, share hunches with your social network and tracking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with existing tools for data aggregation, analysis, visualization, mapping, alerting… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Innovation labs <ul><li>Detect  when vulnerable populations are being impacted by global shocks, </li></ul><ul><li>Understand  the coping strategies – both positive and negative – that affected communities are adopting, </li></ul><ul><li>Share hypotheses, alerts and key information with regional partners, </li></ul><ul><li>Respond  with better policy interventions sooner than possible today. </li></ul>