What Happens to My Data After I Add it to NGO Aid Map?

What happens to your data once you've added it to the map? You know that all active project data is populated onto ngoaidmap.org. But what you might not be aware of is that other sources gather and use the data you provide as well. We proactively seek out those who need data on NGO activities and ensure that our data is open and available to them. Data sharing and use are critical elements to open data initiatives and it is important that platforms share data to ensure the most robust information possible.

Others Use the Data

  • The Office of Emergency Programs (EMOPS) is the latest organization to pull NGO Aid Map data for its own platform as a layer in their interactive map. EMOPS is the focal point for emergency assistance, humanitarian policies, staff security, and support to UNICEF offices in the field, as well as strategic coordination with external humanitarian partners both within and outside the UN system. By doing this, those who coordinate emergency programs will have better insight into who is currently on the ground when a disaster strikes.
  • Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) uses NGO Aid Map data to facilitate use and analysis through their platform. In addition to data on a country level, HDX also shares data that we collect on various crises and events, such as the Syrian refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquake, and Hurricane Matthew. They extract our data on an as-needed basis, enrich it with HXL tags, and break datasets down by country and/or crisis. You can see a complete list of their NGO Aid Map datasets here.
  • Complete, up-to-date datasets for each organization are also published in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and updated on the IATI registry daily. IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to make information about aid and other development resources easier to access, use, and understand. As openness and data transparency become more of a priority to donors and the community at large, IATI will be a crucial element in ensuring that data on international development and humanitarian assistance is available in a common format.  

We Use the Data

Within NGO Aid Map, we also create specialty maps based on interest and need. For instance, during a time of great attention and media coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis, we decided to create our Syria Aid Map to showcase members’ efforts. This map is continuously updated with any projects tagged appropriately in the NGO Aid Map database and has been used as a resource by the media and various research groups. We have also created maps for Food Security and Hurricane Matthew.

You Can Use the Data

Finally, all members can embed the map on their own website as a tool to showcase their work in a visually appealing way. This is a great way to create an informative and interactive Where We Work section, without involving a heavy lift for a communications team. Any map view on ngoaidmap.org can be embedded by clicking on the Embed This Map function.