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Challenge 4 wash data portal reach


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Dec 4-5, 2018 | York University

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Challenge 4 wash data portal reach

  1. 1. WASH Data Portal Challenge Implementing a system for heightening data discovery among decision makers December 2018 Ben Harvey, UNHCR Max Malynowsky, REACH
  2. 2. Goal: Promote collection & use of more & better data - Provide contributors with limited internet and capacity a structured format to store data online - Strengthen existing data review process to produce higher quality outputs - Promote publishing of data from sources who have not yet been actively sharing in a systematic way - Familiarize decision makers with all relevant WASH information and minimizing the chance that outdated information is used in planning - Integrate with existing data distribution networks to spread content to the widest audience outside of the South Sudan WASH cluster
  3. 3. Challenge: Data quality Drinking from the data firehose Carefully sipping from the data trickle through a thorough filter Communication before automation - All data in South Sudan has big limitations that need to be understood and contextualized - Before adding new data sources to a system, lots of training and reviews must occur
  4. 4. Challenge: Adequate internet & Offline accessibility Internet SouthSudanTM Connect 60+ devices Unknown Monthly usage 4 Mbps*** Download speed: up to $1,000+/mo***
  5. 5. Background: Storing WASH data in South Sudan - Google Drive: primary service used by information management officers for storing data. Data can be deleted or moved by accident. - OCHA resource provided globally for better organizing data. Primarily used for linking to files in the Google Drive. - ReliefWeb & HDX: OCHA resources provided as a common platform for documents and datasets. Used in the past for WASH data, but information is now outdated.
  6. 6. Background: Using WASH data in South Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview / Response Plan 2019
  7. 7. Background: Using WASH data in South Sudan People in Need 2019
  8. 8. Outsourced to external contractor Solutions: Different Approaches Commercial off-the-shelf Open source off-the-shelf Modular application using toolkits +
  9. 9. - Easy to install - Capacity to maintain - Free non-profit license - Already in use by REACH as an internal wiki Solutions: Commercial off-the-shelf Pros - Although excellent as a knowledge repository, not designed for document management workflows - Additional non-profit licenses may be difficult to obtain - Servers can be costly to operate due to requirements Cons
  10. 10. - Easy to install - Capacity to maintain - Free open source license - Planned for use by REACH as a resource centre Solutions: Open source off-the-shelf Pros - Although excellent as a blogging platform, requires extensive modifications for document management workflows - Popular plugin are frequently commercial and require annual subscriptions Cons
  11. 11. - Does not require development time from REACH staff Solutions: Outsourced to external contractor Pros - Difficult to install due to specialized requirements and lack of documentation - Difficult to maintain due to use of in-house frameworks instead of public ones - Extremely internet intensive, up to 1 � hours for first page load in South Sudan Cons
  12. 12. - Only approach that can be optimized for low-bandwidth - Separate application can be used for offline visualizations - Uses publicly available toolkits with good documentation - Starter kits available that can be modified to fit the exact need Solutions: Modular application using toolkits Pros - Requires some development capacity to make feature changes to application Cons