Officially launching on 1 October, 2012, Pulse Lab Jakarta is a joint project of the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia, through the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas).
The first of its kind in Asia, Pulse Lab Jakarta brings together researchers from the Indonesian government, the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and the private sectors to research, develop, and mainstream approaches for applying new, digital data sources and real-time analysis techniques to social development challenges.
The aim of the Lab is to support the public sector by developing analytical and technological capacity for utilizing Big Data to strengthen social protection.
Research and development priorities of Pulse Lab Jakarta are set by its Steering Committee, and form the basis for projects that the Lab will work on, each year. In general, Pulse Lab Jakarta's projects will explore topics related to changes in social welfare, especially with regard to food prices, fuel prices (for both transport and cooking), employment and urban poverty. Its scope will extend beyond Jakarta itself to other areas, including Yogyakarta, Makassar (South Sulawesi) and Medan (North Sumatera).
Approaches for exploration include:
Pulse Lab Jakarta is forming partnerships with Indonesian-based companies and organizations to collaborate on research in the following ways:
If your company or organization is based in Indonesia and would like to contribute to a Pulse Lab Jakarta project, contact the lab by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial funding support for Pulse Lab Jakarta has been provided by contributions from AusAID, the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning, and UNICEF.