The United Nations has launched a new project that may be of great value to many NGOs working to improve the conditions of communities around the Globe.
Global Pulse, is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, that allows for the analysis of patterns within big data and could possibly revolutionize the way NGOs and governments respond to economic shocks, disease outbreaks, and natural disasters around the world. You can find more information about this project at the online Forbes article: Data Philanthropy is Good for Business dated 9/20/11. Also, the United Nations has a Global Pulse web site [Link below].
In a nutshell, this initiative is working to “develop methods for harnessing real-time data to gain a real-time understanding of human well being.”