Category Archives: Data and the Data Deficit

Mining of Massive Data-Sets

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Big data is essentially the computational analysis of very large data sets to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. The popularity of the Web and Internet commerce provides many extremely large datasets from which information can be gleaned by data mining. Consequently, there is considerable investment in big data by the private sector. However, it is also useful for many Government entities, INGOs, and businesses.

To support wider engagement in big data analytics the Cambridge University Press with the agreement of Stanford University and the Authors have made available a free e-copy of the book ‘The Mining of Massive Datasets’.

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Afghanistan Balance of Trade

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Since 2006 Afghanistan’s trade deficit is widening. This is largely a result of a surge in imports (petroleum, machinery and equipment, and food items) for the reconstruction efforts. Afghanistan main trading partners are Pakistan, China, India, Russia and Turkey.

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Improving Disability Data and Statistics

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The lack of data and information on disability and the situation of persons with disabilities at the national level contributes to the invisibility of persons with disabilities in official statistics, presenting an obstacle to achieving development planning and implementation that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

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UN Global Pulse – Mobile Data Privacy Project

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.

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Humanitarian Data Exchange: Afghanistan

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The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open platform for sharing data. The goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. Launched in July 2014, HDX has been accessed by users in over 200 countries and territories.

 

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Afghanistan Election Data 2014

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Elections took place across Afghanistan on April 5 and June 14, 2014. The Afghanistan Election Data Tool was provided in an effort to make election data accessible and transparent.

World Bank Afghanistan Data

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The political and security transition has affected Afghanistan’s economy much more deeply than anticipated. More frequent incidences of violence and delays in the elections process and cabinet formation continued to fuel uncertainty and affected investor confidence. Economic growth has slowed within Afghanistan presenting a number of fiscal challenges.

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UNFPA – Socio-Demographic and Economic Surveys

UNFPA first began working in Afghanistan in 1976. As Afghanistan entered into many decades of conflict, UNFPA adapted its services to assist and support Afghans both inside and outside the country, providing reproductive health services to the vast refugee populations in Pakistan and Iran.

In 2002, after the fall of the Taliban, UNFPA re-established its Country Office in Afghanistan and developed a new programme of long-term support for women and young people, starting with the rehabilitation of three maternity hospitals in Kabul.

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UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report 2015

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The 2015 UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report recognises that industrialization is not an easy process. Countries are placing renewed emphasis on policy frameworks on industrial policies and science, technology and innovation (STI or innovation policies) to address the challenge of fostering industrialization and closing the technology gap.

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UN HABITAT – State of Afghan Cities Report

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As noted by UN HABITAT, Afghanistan’s future is urban. The population of Afghan cities is expected to double within the next 15 years and by 2060, one in every two Afghans will be living in cities. In order to manage such a transition and harness it for economic and social development accurate data and information is essential.

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