Thoughts and ideas from the data science team

If you ask any of the data scientists in our Pulse Labs in New York, Jakarta or Kampala "What are you doing?" you always get a fascinating reply.

Whether it's exploring digital signals related to volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, predictors of Non Communicable Diseases using online chat about unhealthy habits, or monitoring emerging issues related to HIV/AIDS in Kampala based on public conversation, there's a wealth of activity that we think others would find interesting too. The UN Global Pulse team will use this space to post informal blogs about what they are grappling with, highlight others' exciting work and reach out to people innovating in the same space. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Volcanic Eruptions in Indonesia: Searching for Fallout on Twitter

Jonggun Lee & Sutawijaya Oct 19, 2015

Does real-time feedback from citizens have a role to play in tracking volcanic eruption-related emergencies in Indonesia?

With ...

#HackJak2015: Hacking the Challenges Facing Jakarta

Daniel Oscar Baskoro & Cindy Colondam Aug 6, 2015

For the second year in a row, the Jakarta Provincial Government is collaborating with creatives, techies, social innovators and many others to hack the challenges facing the city. #HackJak2015...

LabWorks 2015: the subtle art of disruption

Maesy Angelina & Derval Usher Jul 23, 2015

Last week we were fortunate to attend the LabWorks 2015 Global Lab Gathering, an annual event bringing...

You are how you tweet - mobile handset usage in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and India

Alex Rutherford & Rene Clausen Nielsen Jun 18, 2015


Since its inception social media, and particularly Twitter, has become a data source of choice for computationally minded researchers into social systems. A cursory...

What do public services do to your blood pressure?

Daniel Oscar Baskoro Jun 17, 2015

We all know that some public services cause us stress. But thanks to the explosion in wearable devices, we can now measure our heart rate as we wait in a queue, deal with a particularly complex...

GovJam Jakarta: bridging the empathy gap

Dias Rahwidiati & George Hodge Jun 16, 2015

'There is a big disconnect between what policymakers think people want and what they actually want' ~ a GovJam Jakarta participant.

Last week Pulse Lab Jakarta teamed up with...