Winners of the Big Ideas Competition for Urban Issues Announced

By Yulistina Riyadi Jul 7, 2015
In May we launched the Big Ideas Competition for Asia Urban Issues Using Data Innovation. Following a four week sprint, we received 208 proposals from data innovators based in India, Indonesia, Korea...

Guest Post: Data For Good, Challenges of Combining all that Data

By Guest Post by JoAnn Stonier Jun 18, 2015
This guest post was written by JoAnn C. Stonier, EVP/Chief Information Governance & Privacy Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. She has been recognized as an expert in the field of financial...

Winners of Data Innovation Mini Grants Announced

By Mellyana Frederika Jun 3, 2015
Some months ago, Pulse Lab Jakarta and UNDP announced a call for entries for Data Innovation Mini Grants to help the Government of Indonesia in providing more effective services to its citizens.We...

Data Innovation Competition for Asia Urban Issues: Call for Submissions

By Yulistina Riyadi May 20, 2015
The ‘Big Ideas Competition for Asia Urban Issues Using Data Innovation’ is live!The Korean MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) is looking for students who are passionate...

Improving Data Privacy and Data Security in ICT4D: Event Recap

By Jennifer Poole May 14, 2015
On Friday May 8th, Global Pulse hosted a workshop on data privacy and security in technology-enabled development projects and programmes, as part of a series of events about the Nine Principles for...

Guest Post: Mobile phone data analysis for disaster management

By David Pastor Escuredo and Alfredo Morales May 11, 2015
Alfredo Morales is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute. David Pastor Escuredo is a Researcher at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (BIT / itdUPM). In 2014, they...

Reflections on UNFPA's Big Data Bootcamp

By René Clausen Nielsen Apr 27, 2015
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), recently convened a group of staff interested in big data. UNFPA is traditionally one of the more data-driven entities of the UN, and in his...

Global Pulse Annual Report 2014

By Jennifer Poole Apr 19, 2015
When the Global Pulse initiative was launched by the UN Secretary-General in late 2009, its mission to use real-time and other non-traditional data sources in development and humanitarian action was...

WFP And UN Global Pulse Show How Big Data Can Save Lives And Fight Hunger

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Apr 9, 2015
(WFP PRESS RELEASE - APRIL 8, 2015) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Global Pulse – an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General – have teamed up to deliver...

Interview: Using Mobile Phone Data to Estimate Food Security

By Guest Post by Amit Wadwa and Adeline Decuyper Apr 8, 2015
UN World Food Programme (WFP), Global Pulse, Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and Real Impact Analytics recently collaborated on a project to analyse the potential use of mobile phone data...

Big data innovation as part of a Data Revolution in Africa

By Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis Mar 27, 2015
This weekend, representatives from Governments, Academia, UN system, civil society and development partners from numerous African countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a High-Level...

Pulse Lab Jakarta & UNDP team up to offer 'Data Innovation Grants' in Indonesia

By Mellyana Frederika & Derval Usher Feb 3, 2015
Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced a call for entries for ‘Data Innovation Mini Grants’ to catalyse innovation in...

Pulse Lab Kampala opens, mobilising a data revolution for Uganda’s sustainable development

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Feb 1, 2015
On Thursday 29 January 2015,  The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon, Ruhakana Rugunda officially marked the public opening of Pulse Lab Kampala, a big data innovation lab in...

Pulse Lab Kampala: New Year, New Projects

By Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis Jan 25, 2015
 Gathering data to inform policies has traditionally been a complex, time consuming and expensive process, often requiring researchers to choose between in-depth studies of small population...

Interview: Lessons from Korea's 'Big Contest' - a Big Data Innovation Challenge

By Marita Kurniasari Jan 22, 2015
In August 2014, the National Information Society Agency of Korea launched a big data challenge with two different levels aimed at undergraduate and graduate-school level students under the name the...

New partnership with Universal Postal Union showcased during Geneva TEDx talk

By Guest Post by Rheal LeBlanc Jan 14, 2015
In a recent TEDx talk, Chief of Research Miguel Luengo-Oroz highlighted a new collaboration between Global Pulse and the Universal Postal Union. He explained how a single letter has as many as twenty...

Building resilient cities in developing and emerging regions via big data

By Guest Post by Simone Sala Jan 5, 2015
Photo: AP This guest blogpost is a follow up to the Asia Urban Futures Workshop, recently hosted in Bangkok by Pulse Lab Jakarta in partnership with UNDP Global Centre for Public Service...

How a low-tech mobile app is changing the way Indonesia responds to disasters

By Guest Post by Lulu Muhammad and Gina Meutia Dec 16, 2014
Did you know that nearly eight out of ten Indonesians have access to cell phones? We are talking about over 230 million people across three time zones and out of those users; around 61 million...

Measuring the Information Society and Big Data

By Jenny Poole Dec 4, 2014
Government officials and ICT experts came together to discuss the future of ICT measurement and data analysis at the 12th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS), held in Tbilisi,...

Using twitter to get ground truth on floods: an interview with Floodtags founder Jurjen Wagemaker

By Giulio Quaggiotto Nov 19, 2014
 You are a water engineer by background. How did you come up with the idea for Floodtags?As a water engineer, it has always been a great challenge to understand the situation on the ground (...

Establishment of Data Privacy Advisory Group

By Global Pulse Nov 19, 2014
As attention to data privacy and protection continues to grow, Global Pulse is pleased to announce the establishment of a Data Privacy Advisory Group, that brings together public and private sector,...

What Digital Data Can Tell Us About Contraception and Teenage Pregnancy

By Chris Lukolyo Nov 19, 2014
  The work of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Uganda includes helping ensure that people have access to family planning and contraception to reduce STI's and unplanned...

"Data Innovation for Policy Makers" Conference to be held in Indonesia

By Global Pulse Nov 12, 2014
As the recent report of the United Nations Secretary-General's Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution noted, the data landscape for policy makers is rapidly changing. New technologies...

"A World That Counts": UN Secretary-General's Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution report

By Global Pulse Nov 6, 2014
6 November 2014 (NEW YORK) – The Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) will meet with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki...

36th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners: Recap & Reflections

By Mila Romanoff Oct 23, 2014
There is a wealth of data, or digital traces, being generated by people as they go about their daily lives in the 21st century - posting online, commenting on articles, making transactions, using...

“Data For Better Public Services” Seminar & Hackathon hosted by Pulse Lab Jakarta

By Lody Andrian Oct 13, 2014
On 26-27 September 2014, Pulse Lab Jakarta held a seminar and Hackathon on “Data For Better Public Services,” in the city of Bandung, Indonesia.  This two-day event brought...

Big Data Climate Challenge Winners show the UN how data can drive climate action

By Sara Cornish Oct 9, 2014
The Big Data Climate Challenge culminated during Climate Week in New York City, when representatives from the two winning projects attended the UN Climate Summit on 23 September, and gave several in-...

Using big data to take the pulse on climate change

By Sara Cornish Sep 18, 2014
Global Pulse is pleased to launch a new interactive social media monitoring dashboard for exploring online conversations about climate change. This platform was developed in support of the UN Climate...

Mapping the Next Frontier of Open Data: Corporate Data Sharing

By Guest post by Stefaan Verhulst Sep 17, 2014
This guest blogpost is a follow-up to the recently hosted Responsible Data Forum on Private Sector Data Sharing, and feeds into our ongoing efforts to conceptualize "data philanthropy" as a...

Big Data Climate Challenge Winners Announced

By Sara Cornish Sep 2, 2014
The winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge have been announced as part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York....

Independent Expert Advisory Group formed to advise UN Secretary-General on ‘Data Revolution’

By Global Pulse Sep 1, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Group will advise the...

Responsible Data Forum on Private Sector Data Sharing - Event Summary

By Global Pulse Aug 25, 2014
This post is crossposted at The Engine Room and Data & Society Research Institute.On July 24th, approximately 30 experts from private sector, academia, civil society, law, and philanthropy...

“Research Bites” from KDD 2014: Data Science for Social Good

By Alex Rutherford Aug 22, 2014
This week Global Pulse’s research team will be geeking out at the 2014 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference (otherwise known as "KDD"), a conference which brings together...

Can Twitter data be used to track changing food commodity prices?

By Jong Gun Lee Aug 11, 2014
 Imagine going to your local shop today and finding out that the price of your favourite type of meat has suddenly gone up, or perhaps is on special offer. Would you tweet it to your followers...

Data Privacy Advisory Group: Call for Nominations

By Mila Romanoff Jul 28, 2014
  Global Pulse is establishing a Data Privacy Advisory Group. Comprised of experts from public and private sector, academia and civil society, the Group will engage in a continuous...

Interview: Telecom Italia's Big Data Challenge

By Anoush Tatevossian Jul 21, 2014
Telecom Italia's "Big Data Challenge" was an online call for developers, researchers and designers from all over the world to come up with new big data services and applications....

Promoting Better Use of Data in Uganda

By Jane Auma Jul 10, 2014
The relevance of data to enhance public service delivery cannot be overemphasized. Data is relevant for decision-making particularly with regards to defining needs, setting goals, planning...

Response to Big Data Climate Challenge shows momentum behind data-driven climate solutions

By Sara Cornish Jul 7, 2014
The Big Data Climate Challenge, hosted by Global Pulse in support of the Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit, received submissions from 40 different countries at the close of the Call for...

Sifting Through, and Making Sense of, Big Social Data

By René Clausen Nielsen Jun 30, 2014
 Global Pulse is very pleased to officially announce a data philanthropy partnership with DataSift - a social data platform that enables aggregation and filtering of social media posts to...

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Big Data

By Sally Jackson Jun 20, 2014
The world is becoming an increasingly interconnected and complex place. An event in one part of the world can have a large and rapid impact in another. As a result of technology, we are...

The Second "Data for Development" (D4D) Challenge in Africa

By Anoush Tatevossian and Liora Yuklea Jun 9, 2014
In 2012, global telecommunications company Orange launched its first "Data for Development Challenge" (D4D) to catalyze research into how anonymized and aggregated mobile network data,...

Big Data Climate Challenge deadline extended

By Sara Cornish Jun 5, 2014
Teams from 20 different countries have already submitted projects to the Big Data Climate Challenge, a bold show of interest in the first global competition to bring together the fields of Big Data...

Emerging Research at Pulse Lab Kampala

By Chris Lukolyo Jun 4, 2014
Pulse Lab Kampala -like the other labs in New York and Jakarta - operates as a data innovation lab to bring together experts from the public sector, academia and private sector. In this ‘safe...

Big Data Climate Challenge Launches

By Sara Cornish May 1, 2014
"Big Data Climate Challenge" launches, as part of Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit Global Pulse is pleased to launch the Big Data Climate Challenge with the Secretary-...

Interview with organizer of #HackJak: a hackathon in Jakarta Indonesia

By Tanti Liesman Apr 25, 2014
The #HackJak hackathon, happening this weekend, is the first of this type of event using data opened up by the Local Government of Jakarta. The hackathon is in collaboration with Southeast Asia...

Combining "Big" and "Small" Data to Build Urban Resilience in Jakarta

By Giulio Quaggiotto Apr 9, 2014
Interview with Etienne Turpin and Tomas Holderness, directors of PetaJakarta.org The SMART Infrastructure Facility project PetaJakarta.org aims to help communities tackle the chronic...

Thoughts on the Google Flu Trends debate

By Alex Rutherford Apr 3, 2014
 Back in 2008 Google.org launched Google Flu Trends, a tool which used records of the number of times Google search engine users searched for certain terms, to predict outbreaks of the flu. This...

How our Data Scientists Work with Academia

By Alex Rutherford Mar 26, 2014
In my role as a data scientist at Global Pulse, working in the field of big data for public good, it's important for me to exchange ideas with the academic community and gain fresh knowledge from...

Global Privacy Summit: Recap & Reflections

By Mila Romanoff Mar 14, 2014
 At Global Pulse we are advocates for robust data protection and privacy practices, and as the resident Privacy Officer, I was keen to see what would come out of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit,...

Is 2014 Really The Year Of Experimentation?

By Giulio Quaggiotto Feb 10, 2014
According to Christian Bason, of the Copenhagen-based "Mind Lab," 2014 will be the year of experimentation. I certainly hope his forecast is on the money as I am about to join the...

Global Pulse Annual Report 2013

By Jennifer Poole Feb 7, 2014
Last year was the year that development practioners and policymakers embraced 'data for development' as a priority. For many, the sense of urgency was embodied by the High Level Panel's...

Taking the Post-2015 Pulse of Davos

By Jennifer Poole Jan 23, 2014
Global Pulse in partnership with the Millennium Campaign is already using data analysis to filter millions of public tweets and map them against Post-2015 priority topics, to show which are...

Big Data for Development Workshop in Bali

By Tanti Liesman Jan 9, 2014
Pulse Lab Jakarta held a workshop on big data for representatives from the Indonesian government and technology sectors on December 3, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The event, called “Big...

Anatomy of a Pulse Lab

By Global Pulse Dec 19, 2013
Global Pulse’s network of Pulse Labs serve as regional hubs for big data Research & Development (R&D): developing public sector capacity for utilizing digital data sources and real-time...

New Primer On Mobile Phone Network Data for Development

By Global Pulse Nov 5, 2013
We are pleased to publish ‘Mobile Phone Network Data for Development’, a primer on how analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs) can provide valuable information for humanitarian and...

Exhibiting the Global Post-2015 Twitter Conversation

By René Clausen Nielsen Sep 30, 2013
Global Pulse has partnered with the UN Millennium Campaign on a novel project that aims to shed insight on which Post-2015 relevant topics are talked most about by people on social media around the...

Secretary-General's Forum on Millennium Development Goals: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact

By Global Pulse Sep 22, 2013
The 68th session of the General Assembly has started, with world leaders gathering in New York to discuss the most pressing humanitarian and development issues that citizens are facing. These include...

Searching for Digital Signals in Kenya

By Eva Kaplan Sep 3, 2013
 Global Pulse is currently working with USAID on a feasibility study to understand what social data can tell us about loans, and people’s access to finance in Kenya. To start, we...

Global Pulse Update Presentation at UN Headquarters

By Jenny Poole Jul 25, 2013
Global Pulse recently hosted an information session for United Nations colleagues to discuss and demonstrate the opportunities presented by Big Data and real-time analysis for global development and...

New Introductory Guide on Big Data for Development

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Jul 16, 2013
 Thanks to attention in the mainstream media, the phrase “big data” is becoming well-known, and is beginning to be discussed more frequently among development practitioners and...

Global Pulse Recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

By Global Pulse Jun 4, 2013
  Washington, DC, 4 June 2012 - UN Global Pulse has been named by the Computerworld Honors Program as a 2013 Laureate.  The program, founded in 1988 by International Data Group (IDG) and...

Wanted: A Data Revolution

By Jenny Poole May 31, 2013
  The newly released report by the High Level Panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise on the global development agenda after the 2015 millennium development goals (MDGs),...

Data Philanthropy: Where Are We Now?

By Andreas Pawelke and Anoush Rima Tatevossian May 8, 2013
  The conversation around Data Philanthropy - a term which describes a new form of partnership in which private sector companies share data for public benefit - has advanced on four...

Winning Research from the Data 4 Development Challenge

By Jennifer Poole May 6, 2013
The winners of the Data for Development challenge - an international research challenge using a massive anonymized dataset provided by telecommunications company Orange - were announced at the NetMob...

Happy to announce we are recruiting

By Robert Kirkpatrick May 2, 2013
Yesterday at the Data for Development Challenge at the NetMob 2013 Conference, we heard from some of the brightest minds in data science, representing a community that is frankly brimming with...

Data for Development (D4D) Challenge at Net Mob 2013

By Jennifer Poole May 1, 2013
For the first time, a big mobile telephony database has been anonymized and opened up to the international scientific community with research teams at some of the world’s best academic institutions...

Data Diving in Washington DC

By René Clausen Nielsen Apr 7, 2013
  130 volunteers from the DataKind network, several experts from international organizations and the team from Global Pulse swarmed the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC last month...

'Tis the Season: Big Data for Development (PART II)

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Mar 11, 2013
  There has been a great deal of discussion and exploration on the topic of how Big Data is applicable to global development happening in institutions across and outside of the UN system of late...

‘Tis the Season: Big Data for Development (PART I)

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Mar 8, 2013
  “Big Data for Development” is in the air and we couldn’t be more pleased to see the topic gaining traction. As described in a our previous post, Global Pulse’s vision involves raising...

2012 Year in Review

By Global Pulse Jan 2, 2013
 This is an exciting time at Global Pulse! Since the initiative was founded, we have been raising awareness of the opportunities presented by Big Data and investigating the viability of using...

Not If, But How, Big Data can Help Drive Development

By Robert Kirkpatrick Oct 25, 2012
Last week, Global Pulse was honored to once again present at the O’Reilly Strata Conference - which has come to be known as the largest industry conference on the topic of Big Data and data science....

Pulse Lab Jakarta Official Launching

By Global Pulse Oct 2, 2012
 (1 October - Jakarta) What can Tweets tell us about inflation? Are internet searches reliable predictors of disease outbreak? And can mobile phone data tell us about whether public health...

Enhancing Public Policy Decision Making using Large-Scale Cell Phone Data

By Vanessa Frias-Martinez and Enrique Frias-Martinze Sep 4, 2012
 This article is part of a special Global Pulse Guest Blogger Series: “Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations & Challenges.” Vanessa Frias-Martinez, PhD is a...

When Lone Travelers Meet: A Story of the Private Sector and UN Global Pulse Partnership

By I-sah Hsieh Aug 22, 2012
  This guest blog post was written by I-sah Hsieh, Global Manager of International Development, SAS. Global Pulse worked with SAS on a project exploring unemployment through the lens of...

UNICEF Virtual Workshop on Big Data & Analytics

By Global Pulse Aug 3, 2012
  Last week, Global Pulse collaborated with UNICEF on a workshop about the utilization of big data to enhance programme planning and monitoring. More than 120 UNICEF staff from 12 country...

Discovering Global Socio Economic Trends Hidden in Big Data

By Giselle Lopez and Wayne St. Amand Jul 15, 2012
  This guest blog post was produced by Giselle Lopez and Wayne St. Amand of Crimson Hexagon. Global Pulse worked with Crimson Hexagon on a project exploring Twitter and Perceptions of Crisis...

“Data for Development” – An Open (Mobile) Data Challenge

By Global Pulse Jul 12, 2012
  Calling all researchers! “Data for Development” – an unprecedented open data challenge led by global telecommunications company France Telecom-Orange, in partnership with GSMA Development Fund...

Open Innovation at the UN: an interview with a Global Pulse data scientist

By Global Pulse Jun 30, 2012
In late 2011, Global Pulse completed a series of collaborative research projects exploring the utility of various new, digital data sources to answer traditional development related questions ("proof...

"Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges”: A Global Pulse White Paper

By Global Pulse May 29, 2012
Global Pulse is pleased to publish a new White Paper, entitled “Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges.”Innovations in technology and greater affordability of digital...

RIVAF Report on Vulnerability & Real-Time Information

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Apr 3, 2012
 We are pleased to make available this RIVAF compilation report, which chronicles the Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF) process.To get a cross-sectoral understanding of how...

Can a country's online "mood" predict unemployment spikes?

By Global Pulse Mar 15, 2012
  This week, our partners from SAS released a press release summarizing the findings from our collaborative research project, in which we worked together to investigate whether there are useful...

Digital Signals and Global Pulse - An Animated Introduction

By Global Pulse Feb 15, 2012
One of the biggest challenges of responding to fast-moving global crises on a human level, is that by the time governments figure out what is happening via surveys, reports and censuses -- the damage...

"Big Data, Big Impact" White Paper at Davos

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Jan 25, 2012
  In time for its Annual Meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum has published a new white paper entitled "Big Data, Big Impact: New Possibilities for International Development". The WEF...

The Power of Big Data & Global Pulse Research (VIDEO)

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Jan 17, 2012
  How do you find indicators for changes human well-being in “big data”? How do you know which “digital signals” are relevant enough to warrant further investigation? These questions are at the...

Applying "Big Data" to Development: Revealing Initial Research Results

By Global Pulse Dec 7, 2011
As Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon noted in a briefing about Global Pulse to the UN General Assembly last month: “The private sector is analyzing this new data to understand its customers in real-time...

What do people talk about on World Aids Day? Part II

By Miguel Luengo-Oroz Dec 5, 2011
  This past Thursday, December 1, was World Aids Day - one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of...

What do people talk about on World Aids Day?

By Eva Kaplan Dec 1, 2011
  In recognition of World AIDS Day, Global Pulse presents to you… World AIDS Day in the Twitterverse. In collaboration with our partners at Crimson Hexagon, Global Pulse has been looking at all...

High-Level Meeting on the Establishment of Pulse Lab Jakarta

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Nov 30, 2011
 On 19 November, 2011 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met with Indonesia’s Minister for National Development Planning, Dr. Armida S. Alisjahbana and other Government...

Social Impact through Satellite Remote Sensing - Visualizing Acute and Chronic Crises beyond the Visible Spectrum

By Lela Prashad Nov 28, 2011
This post is part of a special Global Pulse Guest Blogger Series: “Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations & Challenges.” Lela Prashad is the Chief Technology Officer for NiJeL,...

Data Visualization Marathon: “How Might We Grow?”

By Miguel Luengo-Oroz Nov 22, 2011
  Part of Global Pulse’s work is to catalyze and encourage new methods and approaches for analyzing and using information and data. In a world where we are saturated with data, the skillsets of...

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES: Data Mining for Development

By Global Pulse Nov 10, 2011
  We are very pleased to announce the launch of our Guest Blog Series: “Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations and Challenges” The series will feature contributions from a...

Social Networks and Collective Human Behavior

By Jukka-Pekka Onnela Nov 10, 2011
  This is the first in a special Global Pulse Guest Blogger Series: “Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations & Challenges.” Jukka-Pekka Onnela is an Assistant Professor in...

Global Pulse briefing to the UN General Assembly - Recap

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Nov 10, 2011
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Global Pulse Briefing of UN General Assembly Being Webcast Live

By Desa Philadelphia Nov 8, 2011
The Global Pulse team is briefing the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon at 2:45 pm EST on its Research Projects, Technology Toolkit, country-based Pulse Labs and its plans for the coming...

Mining the Web for Digital Signals: Lessons from Public Health Research

By Emmanuel Letouzé Nov 7, 2011
  A number of recently published studies and articles suggest that mining the Web may impact public health in ways that bear significance on Global Pulse’s approach to social impact monitoring...

New iPad App Explores the Potential of Mobile Surveys

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Nov 7, 2011
Global Pulse is excited to announce its contribution to a unique new iPad app, called “PopTech: World Rebalancing,” which is available now from the Apple app store. The interactive app was developed...

Maximizing the HunchWorks User Experience

By Chris Van Der Walt Sep 22, 2011
A computer system is much more than just code: it consists of technology, its users and the processes that they follow.  User experience (UX) covers all aspects of users’ interaction with...

Data Philanthropy: Public & Private Sector Data Sharing for Global Resilience

By Robert Kirkpatrick Sep 16, 2011
The digital revolution of the first decade of this new century has brought many wonders, yet it has also has ushered in a bewildering array of unanticipated consequences. We now find ourselves in a...

The New Data Landscape

By Global Pulse Aug 25, 2011
Global Pulse is predicated on the understanding that today “new data” is being generated as a by-product of people’s activities at a rate that is unprecedented in human history.  That deluge of...

“Visualize the Voices of the Vulnerable” Design Challenge Winners

By Miguel Luengo-Oroz Aug 9, 2011
Last year, we launched a large-scale mobile phone based survey to ask people from five countries in different regions of the world how they are dealing with the effects of the global economic crisis...

RIVAF Conference Recap - Part II

By Eva Kaplan Jul 28, 2011
The purpose of Day Two of the RIVAF Conference (“Towards a Real-Time Understanding of Emerging Vulnerability“) was perhaps best described in Assistant Secretary-General for Planning and Policy...

RIVAF Conference Recap - Part I

By Eva Kaplan Jul 21, 2011
On July 14th and 15th, Global Pulse hosted “Towards a Real-Time Understanding of Emerging Vulnerability,“ a conference for UN partners from 9 agencies and 8 countries to share research findings on...

When a Visualization Challenge is More Than Just a Contest

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Jul 14, 2011
The submission deadline is quickly approaching (July 25) for a data visualization challenge we are hosting with Visualizing.org, “Giving Voice to the Vulnerable through Data and Design,” and we are...

Information Seeking Behavior

By Miguel Luengo-Oroz Jul 7, 2011
Global Pulse is looking for signals that could be used as proxy indicators for collective changes in human behaviors in response to the early impacts of crises. In addition to our hypothesis about...

Why Hunchworks?

By Chris Van Der Walt Jun 28, 2011
Last December, Global Pulse convened Pulse Camp, a workshop to kick off technology and process design for real-time vulnerability awareness. We already understood that to rapidly identify emerging...

Global Pulse Technology Update

By Sara Farmer Jun 24, 2011
Our international development colleagues sometimes describe the Global Pulse tech work as “that weird stuff over there.”  I suspect we do a little more than that, and that it’s worth explaining...

A Visualization Challenge

By Anoush Rima Tatevossian Jun 7, 2011
We are very excited to announce "Giving Voice to the Vulnerable Through Data and Design," a 6-week challenge with Visualizing.org, to visualize results from an SMS survey on how people are coping...

Humanitarian Innovation and the United Nations

By Sara Farmer Jun 5, 2011
This weekend I was in Toronto at the 3rd global event of Random Hacks of Kindness (a global community of software developers and designers building practical open technology to solve international...

Exploring the Ecosystem for Pulse Lab Kampala

By Patrick Adengo and Gabriel White May 25, 2011
Sitting at the regularly jam-packed Mobile Monday events here in Kampala it’s always astounding to see how vibrant the technology scene is in Uganda. The group that meets almost every month...

Laying the Groundwork for Pulse Lab Kampala

By Chris Fabian May 12, 2011
For the past five months, UN Global Pulse has had a team of two Innovation Officers on the ground in Uganda.  The team has been working closely with the Global Pulse staff in New York to lay the...

"Reading List": Innovation, Intent and Capacity

By Emmanuel Letouze May 5, 2011
On a recent subway ride to work, I decided to catch up with some reading on my iPhone (instead of aimlessly fiddling with it), and came across three articles that linked very well with the things I...

Digital Smoke Signals

By Robert Kirkpatrick Apr 21, 2011
Over the years, governments, development organizations and the private sector have invested untold billions in creating mobile phone-powered programs and services with the potential to help people...

Participatory methodologies and participatory technologies: resonances, opportunities and misunderstandings

By Guest Blog Post Mar 22, 2011
Many members of the development and technical communities seem to share a common vocabulary when it comes to the values and priorities that information and communication technologies (ICTs) need to...

Crisismappers extend UN capacity in Libya

By Sara Farmer Mar 4, 2011
I’m a crisismapper, and I work for the UN.  Crisismappers are people who provide online information to responders and communities affected by humanitarian crises.  We use social media to do...

Real-time information is for everyone: a journalist's perspective on UN Global Pulse

By Guest Post by Jonathan Stray Feb 22, 2011
Jonathan Stray is a journalist and a computer scientist, and the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press in New York.In a crisis situation, my journalist colleagues and I are charged...

Open UN Keynote at Social Media Week

By Robert Kirkpatrick Feb 10, 2011
by Robert KirkpatrickI have begun to suspect that the 21st Century’s take on the oft-cited Chinese curse is something along the lines of, “May you have to figure out how to keep your...

Video: Open UN: The Evolution of the crowd

By Social Media Week Feb 8, 2011
Video of Tuesday morning's opening Open UN presentation and panel discussion at Google Headquarters Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the audio feed at the start of the event...

Program for Open UN: Engagement in the Age of Real-Time

By Chris van der Walt Feb 4, 2011
United Nations Global Pulse invites you to attend and participate in a Social Media Week special event on February 8 and 10 in New York. Entitled Open UN: Engagement in the Age of Real-Time, the...

The year ahead and a summary of 2010

By Global Pulse Jan 18, 2011
2011: What's ahead 2011 will be the year that Global Pulse moves from design into implementation.  Technology development Sara Farmer will join the team this month as Chief Platform Architect...

Pulse Camp and beyond...

By Robert Kirkpatrick Dec 13, 2010
We headed into our first 3-day Pulse Camp with high hopes that we would emerge with an understanding of some of the potential users of our technology platform and what they might like said platform...

Video of Speakers Random Hacks of Kindness Reception

By Chris van der Walt Dec 8, 2010
On December 3rd 2010, Global Pulse co-hosted a reception for the second Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon in New York City. Speakers included United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; NASA...

UN Secretary-General appeals to global open source community

By Makena Walker Dec 7, 2010
New York, 3 December 2010 – By his own admission, it was the first time that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made the keynote speech (video below) at a gathering of open source software...

Notes From Pulse Camp 1.0: Day Three

By Eva Kaplan Dec 4, 2010
As we continued on day three to narrow the discussion from our “user personae” to actual details of the platform, the discussion got ever more technical. We also had two excellent...

Notes From Pulse Camp 1.0: Day Two

By Eva Kaplan Dec 2, 2010
Day two was harder for those of us who are non-techies, but seeing the process that goes into the design of these things is quite interesting. The mix of people was really key today.Sara Farmer...

Notes from Pulse Camp 1.0: Day One

By Eva Kaplan Dec 1, 2010
The first day of Pulse Camp was rainy and dark, but the mix of technology experts, UN agency experts, and academics from around the world showed up with energy, ready to lend their expertise to the...

Global Pulse: An Open Architecture for Sustainable Innovation

By Robert Kirkpatrick Nov 30, 2010
Following up on yesterday’s post on Platform Requirements for Global Pulse, I wanted to talk about our Open Architecture strategy.  A few observations: We really don’t want to build this...

Self-Assembly Required: A Real-Time Platform for Global Pulse

By Robert Kirkpatrick Nov 29, 2010
By Robert Kirkpatrick In preparation for our first Pulse Camp, I'd like to share a few thoughts on the technology aspects of Global Pulse. Specifically, I'm going to provide a brief background on...

Robert Kirkpatrick discussing the role of Pulse Labs

By Video Nov 24, 2010
The Global Pulse Initiative recognizes that using local innovation is key to the success of Global Pulse. That is why it is launching a lab-based approach to technology innovation, both at UN...

Robert Kirkpatrick discussing the Global Pulse technology platform

By Video Nov 19, 2010
On December 1-3, 2010, Global Pulse is convening the inaugural Pulse Camp 1.0 to design a new, global system architecture for its real-time data & analysis technology platform. This platform...

A possible role for crowdsourcing at the United Nations?

By Robert Kirkpatrick Nov 16, 2010
by Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse It’s one of the most frequent questions we get here at Global Pulse: “where do you stand with this whole ‘crowdsourcing’ thing?”We have always...

Global Pulse Labs: Building Innovation Hubs at the Country Level

By Global Pulse Nov 9, 2010
In an increasingly interdependent and fast-changing world where crises emerge without warning, speed around the world and impact vulnerable populations in complex and long-lasting ways, leaders need...

Informal Briefing to the United Nations General Assembly

By Robert Kirkpatrick Nov 5, 2010
On Thursday November 4th 2010, Global Pulse Director Robert Kirkpatrick delivered the following briefing to the United Nations General Assembly about the Global Pulse project. Mr Kirkpatrick was...

Panel Discussion: Innovation & the Millennium Development Goals

By Video Sep 21, 2010
Global Pulse Director Robert Kirkpatrick spoke today at a panel discussion at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in New York City. New technologies are tackling old challenges. Innovative information...

From Pilots to Policy Lessons: New Methods for Information Collection, Analysis and Use

By Panthea Lee, UNICEF Jul 12, 2010
SIPA research team on the road from Gulu to Awach, Uganda, to conduct research at rural health clinics.Photo courtesy of Mark Weingarten What is innovative and compelling to one party may seem...

A New 'Global Pulse' - Using emerging technologies for sustainable development

By JustMeans Jun 30, 2010
Originally posted by JustMeans on June 29, 2010.The Secretariat General has also launched the UN Global Impact Vulnerability Alert System (UN GIVAS) which has recently been re-named 'Global Pulse.'...

Secretary-General's opening remarks to the press on return from his trip to Canada for the G20 meeting

By UN News Centre Jun 28, 2010
Good morning. I have just addressed the High Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council. And I just returned from the G-20 meeting in Toronto last evening. At both occasions, I emphasized...

Ban urges focus on development and green growth ahead of G20 summit

By UN News Centre Jun 21, 2010
Noting the continued fragility of the global economic system, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged leaders of the biggest industrialized and developing nations to focus on development, green...

Welcome to Global Pulse!

By Asha-Rose Migiro Jun 18, 2010
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. Photograph: UN Photo/Mark Garten The recent series of global crises – food, fuel and finance – have underscored that we live in an age of...