Highlights: 4.8 million people | Socio-economic data | From collection to use
The Government of Nepal conducted a massive door-to-door survey after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in the 11 most earthquake-affected districts. It collected both building damage data as well as socio-economic data of its residents. The resultant dataset contains data on 760K buildings and 3.6 million residents. However, the micro-data released by the Government is too big and too complex to be directly usable by many of its potential users. In other words, while the data is undoubtedly useful, its usefulness in questionable.
We built an open Earthquake Data Portal. This portal caters to both simple and sophisticated use cases. It allows a user to simply explore and view data. It provides rich map and charts interfaces for the users to visualize data. Users can also download those visualizations as well as the underlying data to generate their own charts. Advanced users can even download the entire dataset to perform their own analyses and generate their own visualizations. The portal also provides information on each table and its data columns.
The portal is the first one in Nepal to arrange and present the data according to the new administrative boudaries as per the Federal structure of the country. While the original data was collected according to the older admininstrative boundaries, this re-arrangment of the data has added to its usefulness and usability in the changed context.
The portal is now hosted on the National Planning Commission's website. We launched this portal on Aug 26, 2019. In order to make its potential users aware about the portal and its features, we also organized a half-day workshop themed "Thinking in Data" which used this portal's data.