Open Data for Resilience Initiative Field Guide

The report highlights the experience and approaches of Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI), including the use of tools such as GeoNode and crowdsourcing, and is aimed at practitioners considering how open data may support a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project.

This field guide provides planners and program officers with a map of how to implement the collective effort that is OpenDRI. It is aimed at a person who needs to write a strategic vision, craft a budget, hire personnel and evaluate the impact of open data. OpenDRI unfolds in four phases:

  • Scoping the program: how to define the use case—the goals and functionality of the initiative—and design an open data program to accumulate the data that is needed to support this use case.
  • Collating existing data: how to build a data catalogue that enables many actors to collect and combine disaster risk management data in a system which enables analysts to find and apply those data to risk assessment problems.
  • Collecting new data: how to train communities to collect data about infrastructure in their neighborhoods and curate that data over time.
  • Catalyzing the open data ecosystem: how to build communities that curate, use, and re-use high-quality open data and drive the process of turning data into decisions.

This guide represents a first aggregation of the methods used by a range of institutions who have implemented open data programs around building more resilient societies. It is not the last word on how to design these projects, but rather should be seen as an initial scaffolding for building the next version of this guide. We encourage readers to contribute their own insights and institutions to join into a growing partnership.