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Showcasing the Hague’s signature innovation:HumanityX and its progress

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The current trajectory of humanitarian assistance is not sustainable. The humanitarian sector worldwide is confronted with an increasing demand for humanitarian aid and emergency response services. In the Hague we would like to contribute to a more humane ecosystem and world.

HumanityX is a joint effort from many impactful organisations,  Therefore everyone’s coming together right here in the Hague. Although it’s everyone’s initiative, everyone can contribute.

“There are huge challenges in front of us. That’s why we decided to be a hub here in the Hague to facilitate a community of peace informatics.” – Ulrich Mans from HumanityX

Humanity is vital within, or even umbrellaed under the pillars of our city: Peace, Justice and Security. And the other way around, that is to say our three pillars are the forms or purposes that result in a greater humanity. As well, it’s just as part of the impact economy, because impact you make when humane, supportive and moral goals results are more important than profits.

Collaborations around HumanityX

The Peace Informatics Lab is a project initiated and run by University of Leiden’s Centre for Innovation in The Hague, in close collaboration with the Leiden Centre of Data Science. Notable partners and collaborators are the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, United Nations Global Pulse and the World Economic Forum. Together propelling information communication technologies for the greater good.

“The voice of the individual human needs to be continuously upheld and strengthened”

We take the time to see what progress is made today and tomorrow. Therefore the following three projects are supported by the HumanityX Initiative.

Missing maps puts the World’s vulnerable people on the map

Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which everyone in the world can help map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

This project is set up in collaboration with the Red Cross, to ensure better response and responsibility. Because many areas that are hit by disasters are literally ‘missing’ on the map. As such many relevant data is lacking, which hampers a quick relief response.

People like you and me map vulnerable places in the developing world. Therefore international, local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and realtime data to better respond to crises affected areas.

Especially relevant is that this project has close ties to OpenStreetMap, specifically the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

12,364 Total Contributors with 23,576,249 Total Edits, making it true joint effort

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Humanitarian Genome, learning from the past

The Humanitarian Genome is a search engine facilitating easy access to reported data from the past, enabling detailed insights in lessons learned in humanitarian aid.

The idea behind the Humanitarian Genome’s name is to create the possibility of a ‘sectorial DNA’. Humanitarian actors are able to tap into this DNA to extract past information in a matter of seconds. As opposed to normal reports, Humanitarian Genome does not tell users what is best to do or not to do. The system rather assists users in making informed decisions that are founded on a wealth of documented proof, written in the history of the database.

The creation of such ‘DNA’ enhances knowledge sharing and creation, supports the generation of sectorial wisdom, as well as contributes to the utilisation of evaluations.

Based on some clear search queries, the Humanitarian Genome provides clever and easy to use search results. They don’t give full reports and uncontextual data, it provides ‘valuable text segments’ from within the evaluation reports. The text segments will directly comply with search criteria. The ‘value’ of the text segments is determined by a wealth of theoretical and practical research and experiences, which has informed the Humanitarian Genome coding scheme. It’s a learning system on it’s own, hence the name, and it’s by all means not just a word search.

The Humanitarian Genome is very much an evolving system and aspires to constantly learn and grow. In collaboration with the University of Groningen, they create generating organisational wisdom, and you can contribute just as much as everyone using it.

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The bigger picture of photos and conflicts

Photographs give us information and feed our emotions. And the Bigger Picture invites you to explore the deeper meaning of what you might not see at a first glance. For example, what is the story behind an image? What else is there to know? What is the bigger picture?

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The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between the Centre for Innovation The Hague (part of the Leiden University), Lust(lab), a transdisciplinary design studio based in The Hague and the World Press Photo Foundation.

Since the initiative brings together the worlds of photography, data analytics and storytelling in a compelling visual platform, to take you beyond the frame. The initiative starts with World Press Photo’s award-winning photographs, where users are drawn into a new type of visual analytics. With each click, they expand the way you can look at news, events, and issues.

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HumanityX is an invitation, participate for a more humane world!

Connecting ideas, insights and people from different backgrounds, expertise and perspectives leads to brilliant, game changing initiatives!

For those working on data-driven innovations for peace, justice, security, impactful and humanitarian action, gather around! Because HumanityX brings together problem owners, pioneers, data magicians, software designers, politicians, business masters and every potential collaborator.

Most noteworthy you can meet the HumanityX team and collaborators on Future Fridays sessions at the Schouwburgstraat 2 (2nd floor) in The HagueEvery Friday 10.00-17.00 hours. No appointment needed.

Take a closer look at all the projects on the Humanity X site.