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QCRI hosts humanitarian data skills workshop

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Joint event with UNOCHA's Centre for Humanitarian Data, the Qatar Red Crescent Society and Education Above All Foundation held to devise common practices for data use in humanitarian action.

QCRI has hosted a workshop for data and humanitarian experts with a goal of “creating a common language” for the ways in which data is used in humanitarian action.

The Data Skills Workshop hosted in Doha hosted on May 7 and 8  was in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)'s Centre for Humanitarian Data, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Qatar Red Crescent Society and the Education Above All Foundation.

This event was held to devise common practices for the visualization, preparation and analysis of data and to create themes for its use in humanitarian action. These included practices for data related to education in crisis situations and discussing humanitarian innovations.

“Being able to both understand the data and convey the message easily and accurately are essential skills,” Majd Abbar, QCRI’s Director of Business Development and Commercialization, said.

“Great minds have come together here in Doha to discuss how data can be analyzed and visualized to best achieve our humanitarian goals.”

QCRI has developed several award-winning technologies using data for humanitarian purposes.  Joint research on monitoring gender gaps undertaken with Oxford and Princeton universities in 2017 won a Data2xBig Data for Gender Challenge Award from the United Nations Foundation. QCRI’s Artificial Intelligence for Digital Response technology, a joint project with UN OCHA that uses data to provide insights for humanitarian responders following emergencies, won the Grand Prize for the 2015 Open Source Software System Challenge.

The Data Skills Workshop also covered impacts and responsibilities of using data in humanitarian actions, including privacy considerations.

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