Qatalog – An analysis tool for insights into the SDGs

Pulse Lab Kampala

Project Description

UN Global Pulse has developed an open software platform that UN Country Teams can use to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their projects. The platform provides access to Qatalog, a data mining software analysis tool the Lab developed, and to additional source code and technical documentation from its repository of projects.

A: Qatalog – A Software Analysis Tool for the SDGs

Qatalog is a user-friendly tool that UN personnel can use to Querry, Assign, Tag, and Analyse data from:

Public radio content in languages spoken in Africa. Users can search through audio segments that contain words or phrases relevant to the SDGs.Public Facebook posts that contain information relevant to the SDGs. Users can identify “trending topics” for specific timeframes.

It is available to UN personnel only. Here is a short preview of its functionalities:

B: Source code and technical documentation

Source code refers to the materials created by Pulse Lab Kampala, which allow users to run the software for themselves, and, also, to modify it to meet their own needs. The technical documentation helps end-users to gain insights on how to use certain features and functionalities.

Target users: UN personnel with computer programming skills.

1. Data mining of social media posts

Pulse Lab Kampala has created a repository of source code that can be re-used to query social media streams (specifically Facebook) based on the timeframe, keywords, or key audiences.

Click here to request access to the code.

2. Visualizations

Data innovation projects can generate large amounts of data that may be too complex to review with traditional spreadsheets or reports. Data visualization, the graphical representation of information and data, can provide an easy-to-understand representation of the information.

This repository will contain data visualizations developed at the Lab which can be re-used or easily modified for other queries and types of data. Some examples include:

Click here to request access to the code.

3. Microsites

A microsite is a small website (usually one page) that provides information about a project or product. They provide relevant information about the project.

This repository contains i) guidelines on how to create a microsite, ii) recommendations of the different sections a microsite should include, and iii) options on how to visualize different types of data on a microsite.

Click here to request access to the code.

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