UN Global Pulse was launched as an innovation initiative by the United Nations Secretary-General on big data in late 2009. The vision of UN Global Pulse is for a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action.
In 2014 UN Global Pulse implemented 25 joint data innovation projects, which made a significant contribution to the body of evidence demonstrating practical examples of how big data can complement traditional approaches to development planning and monitoring. These projects were driven by more than 15 new data and technology partnerships cultivated over the year, demonstrating the increasing willingness of the private sector to use data for the common good.
The 2014 Annual report provides a brief overview of the work of Global Pulse and can be located here: UN Global Pulse – Annual Report 2014