Using exploratory data analytics to drive the United Nations mission

The growing field of data analytics, from simple information gathering to highly sophisticated sensor technology, promises to deliver solutions that will facilitate the work of the United Nations. Coupled with the increasing availability of free and open source software and Open Data, we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to proactively engage with external partners. In Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) we are continually looking at ways in which data analytics can help our Organization better serve its beneficiaries. Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is the study of data sets to summarize main characteristics, often using visual methods. EDA is already delivering benefits for the Organization through our Unite Ideas platform. In an effort to raise awareness about the benefits of EDA and to connect with experts in the academic and private sectors, the team is kicking off a series of Data Science talks with an Exploratory Data Analysis event (10 November). The event includes renowned experts in the field presenting the latest research on this approach to analytics. Our Analytics Team will open the event by delivering a presentation on Unite Ideas. Ideas is platform for collaboration between the United Nations and outside parties with expertise in information communications technologies (ICT). The platform offers a free service for all departments within the Organization to exchange concepts and learn from one another. The EDA event will be webcasted via Google Hangout. It is open to all UN personnel and the general public. We are committed to making the United Nations a more data-driven Organization. EDA is but one approach to data analysis in our overall analytics strategy. Through this and other evolving methods of data analytics, we are committed to developing tools that can help the UN successfully deliver on its mandates.

Atti Riazi

Assistant Secretary-General Chief Information Technology Officer

United Nations