Resource Watch.

Tuning in to our planet's signals.

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In a world where opinions are polarised and false facts spread quickly, there’s increasing demand for trusted and timely data. We’re working with a partnership that’s led by the World Resources Institute to fulfill this demand and give people fast access to reliable, trustworthy data about our planet. With more than 30 organisations contributing their data, expertise and skills, we took responsibility for the user research, design and development of the platform.

Resource Watch is made possible by the world’s rapid advances in open data and technology. Cloud computing and Big Data has allowed us publish and access millions of datasets but that also presents a problem: how do we find the data we need? Resource Watch brings together hundreds of data sets in one place and makes it easier for researchers, analysts, journalists, policymakers and citizens to find, understand and share the information they need.

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April 2018.

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Many databases, one API

Services like Google Cloud Engine and Amazon Web Services allow us to remotely access data sets from many different sources and tap into them when we need them. To access them all in a standard way you need an Application Programming Interface (API). We built the API that connects Resource Watch to all of the data sets you can find there, and we did it with open source technology so anyone can create new functionalities, add to it, and reuse it in other places. Right now, the API is being used to share data with Global Forest Watch and PREP, as well as Resource Watch.

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Trusted data

Curated by WRI experts, all the data is open, accessible and free so anyone can use it to understand the challenges that affect our society and planet. In our interconnected world, the problems we experience are often linked to one another and Resource Watch helps us explore how they are connected by overlaying data sets. We used Vega to support the creation of custom visualisations. Vega is deployed in the front end application, giving users the option to seamlessly build graphics that meet their specific requirements and share them exactly as they see them with the world. For an application that’s all about generating and sharing, it was perfect for our needs.

What are people saying about it?

This is more than just research, it is information we can actually trust. It is information we can use at times of tremendous uncertainty.

Gina McCarthy; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

What I love about these data sets is you can use them to map out solutions.

Rebecca Moore, Director of Engineering, Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach, Google.

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The Netherlands supports @WorldResources and its work to sustain the world's natural resources. Access their new data tool @resource_watch, that visualizes data sets about land, water, climate and more here: #ResourceWatch

The Netherlands Embassy in the United States

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