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About our data, terms of use Opening up UN-Habitat’s project data to the public

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the implementation of a new ERP system in the UN Secretariat, the information on this website is not updated. We are working on it and foresee the issue to be resolved by May 2016.

We recognise that there is a positive correlation between transparency and aid effectiveness.

In September 2012, UN-Habitat began publishing project and programme data on the first iteration of the Open UN-Habitat website. Our starting point is to “publish what we can”. This means that we actively make information about UN-Habitat programmes and operations publically available except in minimal cases where the information has been deemed confidential as set out in the Publishing Policy. This is now the second version of the Open UN-Habitat site, launched at the end of 2014.

The website has been built using an open source framework in collaboration with Zimmerman & Zimmerman.  The search and project display functionality is powered by OIPA. All data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License which means that you can share it however you like as long as you credit UN-Habitat in your work.

Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, provided direct funding.

Timeline

  • The Open UN-Habitat site was launched in September 2012.
  • In Phase 1 (September to December 2012), focus was on uploading projects approved since 1 January 2012 to the site.
  • In Phase 2 (January 2012 to December 2013) we worked on making sure remaining current projects were added.
  • In Phase 3 (January 2014 onwards) projects will be added as they are approved. Project documentation for new projects will be added as it becomes available.
  • The new, improved version of the Open UN-Habitat site was launched in January 2015.

Help us improve the data
We are working to improve the quality of our data but publishing in this way is a process that takes time and resources. Please help us by reporting any missing or incomplete information.

Note: all geographical information is taken from Openstreet map making use of Leaflet.JS.

The International Aid Transparency Initiative
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is a global transparency standard that makes information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.

We signed up to the International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI in December 2011, with the aim of starting to publish data in the IATI format by December 2012. Other signatories include the World Bank, UNDP, Oxfam, The European Union and the Swedish and Dutch governments.

Publishing policy
Our policy on Responsibility and Exclusions outlined below refers to the data that UN-Habitat has made available to the public via the website http://open.unhabitat.org. It explains the quality of data available and what data is not available and why.

The policy draws on the experiences of the Government of Sweden, the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) and Office for project Services (UNOPS) as well as conclusions of the High-level Fora on Aid Effectiveness in Rome (2003), Paris (2005), Accra (2008) and Busan (2011).

Responsibility
Responsibility for the information lies with the Project Director, Thomas Melin.

Exclusions
UN-Habitat reserves the right to withhold information if it is deemed to fall under the following criteria:

  • Information whose disclosure is likely to endanger the safety or security of any individual, violate his or her rights, or invade his or her privacy;
  • Information whose disclosure is likely to endanger the security of Member States or prejudice the security or proper conduct of any operation or activity of UN-Habitat or its partner agencies;
  • Information which, if disclosed, in UN-Habitat’s view would seriously undermine the policy dialogue with Member States or implementing partners;
  • Information covered by legal privilege or related to access to internal audit reports;
  • Internal inter-office or intra-office documents, including e-mails and draft documents;
  • Commercial information where disclosure would harm either the financial interests of UN-Habitat or those of other parties involved;
  • Information received from or sent to third parties, under an expectation of confidentiality.

Requests for additional information
Requests for information not available on the website can be made through emailing transparency@unhabitat.org.

We will consider all applications and respond as soon as possible, but always within 14 days.

Credits
The Flickr images used in the Urban Data portal are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Some changes were made.