When it comes to geospatial data, accessibility is just as crucial as quality. While it is important to produce comprehensive spatial information that is useful to GIS specialists whose work informs sustainable planning and decision making, equal attention must be paid to ensuring that such data is easily accessible for the wider community, such as development practitioners, researchers, and governments. With this in mind, GRID3 has launched its Data Hub.
An online repository for GRID3 data, the hub’s contents can be used to inform development interventions ranging from COVID-19 vaccination campaigns to longer-term development projects such as filling service provision gaps. Currently, the hub hosts over 250 unique GRID3 datasets, including gridded population estimates for 6 countries, settlement extents (or the geographic areal coverage) for all of sub-Saharan Africa, as well as operational and administrative boundaries, risk analyses, points of interest, and physical distancing (also known as social distancing) data for multiple African countries.
“The Data Hub is a key step in helping partner countries disseminate GRID3 data across their government agencies, with international organisations, and among the wider geospatial community,” says Marc Levy, Director of GRID3. “With this platform, data can more easily reach those who need it the most.”