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.

Some reflections on the analytical challenges in big data

Guest post by Sriganesh Lokanathan Jun 19, 2014

This article is part of a special Global Pulse Guest Blogger Series: “Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations &...

Want a development data revolution? How about giving staff more autonomy?

Giulio Quagiotto Jun 18, 2014
A recent presentation I gave at the World Bank on becoming a data smart development organization provided me with a good excuse to revisit Nesta’s...

Big Data and International Migration

Olivia De Backer Jun 16, 2014
Information on the spatial distribution of populations and their international movement is an integral aspect of global development. 

Identifying trends around workplace discrimination using social media

Jongguun Lee & Derval Usher Jun 6, 2014
When we sit down with colleagues from different parts of the UN, we tend to start by explaining the kinds of insights that can be drawn from analysis of big data. Some of that...

How do I become a Data Scientist?

Alex Rutherford Jun 5, 2014
I often get asked by people who are coming to the end of their Masters degree or PhD, or who are looking to change career direction; '"How can I become a Data Scientist?". This...

Can social media analytics provide insights relevant for communicable diseases control in Indonesia?

Sally Jackson May 20, 2014

CASE STUDY: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)


What is MERS CoV?

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a...