UN-Habitat began publishing project and programme data on the first iteration of the Open UN-Habitat website. The starting point for UN-Habitat is to “publish what they can”. This is now the second version of the Open UN-Habitat site, launched at the end of 2014 and revised in 2015 as part of the general UN-Habitat corporate portal. They publish as opendata in the IATI format and make use of D3.js for proper visualisation of their data.
The portal has been built using OIPA, the IATI data-engine. The search and project display functionality is powered by OIPA. All user interfaces 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.
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) UN-Habitat worked on making sure remaining current projects were added.
- In Phase 3 (January 2014 onwards) projects have been added as they are approved.
UN-Habitat 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.
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).