GFDRR invites you to celebrate International Open Data Day

Field mappers collect exposure data in Kinshasa, DRC for the Open Cities Africa project. Photo credit: © OSFAC

Taking place on Saturday March 2nd is the 9th annual International Open Data Day, a community led event celebrating and promoting free access to information around the world.

Are you running or participating in an Open Data Day event? GFDRR is offering you tools and resources to focus on Open Data for Resilience to help your community reduce its vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.

Open Data and GFDRR

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a multi-donor trust fund helping high-risk, low-income countries to better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. Since 2011 and the launch of the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI), GFDRR has put open data at the heart of its strategy. This includes support in the collecting, sharing and use of disaster risk data.

What can you do for Open Data Day?

The Labs of GFDRR and OpenDRI have been developing tools, methodologies and knowledge material to help apply the concept of open data to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. As part of Open Data Day, we invite you to access and re-use those products and share them with anyone interested in Open Data for Resilience.

  • Get an introduction on how to apply open data for disaster risk management or climate change adaptation projects by reading our OpenDRI Field Guide.
  • Measure the availability of disaster risk data in your country with the OpenDRI Index, an online tool anyone can contribute to. We are especially interested in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are highly vulnerable to climate change and for which very little is known in terms of data gaps.
  • Design and plan an Open City Mapping project to collect missing exposure data such as building footprints, health or education facilities and use them to improve the resilience of your city. This methodology has been successfully applied in 15 cities in Asia and Africa.
  • Deploy and run an open source Geonode platform to share disaster risk data online.
  • Learn and discuss about risks of natural hazard in your area with ThinkHazard!
  • Join our Understanding Risk community, connect with local experts through our dedicated events, and read summary of our latest UR sessions on open data.

Meeting with OpenDRI team on Open Data Day

OpenDRI experts in open data technologies and disaster risk management will be participating in local Open Data Day events.

  • Vivien Deparday will be in Niamey, Niger to prepare activities on aerial imagery acquisition through the use of drones, community mapping, app competition, and the development of an innovation space in the city of Niamey to sustain the impact of these activities.
  • Pierre Chrzanowski will participate in the Open Data Day Burkina Faso event in Ouagadougou whose thematic will be Open Data for Urban Flooding. Register at:

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