#OpenData highlights: #Rohingya refugees, disaster recovery, and fire safety

Friday, February 23, 2018

I have just returned from a trip to Beijing to see my sister who lives there (and to meet my nephew, who was born there last July), so I have some catching up to do. The two most recent additions to the Data is Plural newsletter archive have featured health-related data sets. The Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday edition included data sets on disaster recovery in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, as well as data on fire safety in the UK:
Nepal, post-earthquake. In April 2015, the Ghorkha Earthquake killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal, and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. In early 2016, a team led by the not-for-profit Kathmandu Living Labs, in collaboration with Nepal’s government, undertook “ a massive household survey using mobile technology to assess building damage in the earthquake-affected districts.” The responses to that survey are now available at the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Open Data Portal; you can explore the data online or download it in bulk. In all, the datasets include details on millions of individuals, plus information about each surveyed household and building.

UK fire stats. The United Kingdom’s Home Office publishes dozens of fire-safety related datasets, including aggregate statistics on response times, smoke alarms, and fire department staffing; incident-level data on appliance fires, vehicle fires, and fatalities; and much more. Of the 100,000+ domestic appliance fires reported over a six-year span, 52% were believed to have been caused by a “cooker incl. oven,” 11% by a “grill/toaster,” 2% by dishwashers, and just over 1% by deep-fat fryers.
This week's edition included a data set on Rohingya refugee settlements in Bangladesh:
Rohingya refugees. The Humanitarian Data Exchange has collated dozens of datasets related to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Among them: the geographic boundaries of Rohingya refugee settlements in Bangladesh, the numbers of refugees living in those settlements, and the infrastructure available there.

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