Resource Watch.

Tuning in to our planet's signals.

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The world's resources are becoming scarce; at the same time, we aren't providing enough for everyone to live well and prosper. We've teamed up with the World Resources Institute to build Resource Watch, an open platform for everyone to explore accurate, up-to-date insights about our planet. Anyone can create visualisations or apps using data from satellites, sensors and social media, to tell stories about the state of our planet. Then, with seamless sharing tools, show the world what you've learnt and inspire action.

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The data you need

We've brought together data on water, food security, conservation, climate change, deforestation and much much more for you to play with, explore and analyse. But we know that if you want to truly understand these issues, and the interrelations between them, you need powerful and intuitive visualisations. Especially when you consider the volume of data, we wanted to create new design patterns that empower people all over the world to understand and tell stories with the data. We've given you multiple angles to analyse the data, from dashboards and maps to innovative features like 'Insights' and 'Planet Pulse'.

Serving Global Goals

To reach the lofty Sustainable Development Goals agreed in September 2015, we need precise data to act in the right places at the right time. Moreover we need to share this data widely, using advances in machine learning, data processing and mobile phone ownership to give insights to the people on the frontline of social development and environmental protection.

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Capitalising on the big trends of our age

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Today there are 5 times more people accessing the internet on mobiles than desktops. In 5 years four fifths of the world’s adults will own a smartphone and around 90% of the world will have 3G coverage. By building mobile first services, Resource Watch will be able to reach a global audience of billions.

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For the poorest people in the world, mobile technology can balance inequalities in access to information. By releasing more open data and presenting it in a way that people can understand and easily access, Resource Watch will be a tool for all.

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Already, citizen scientists are contributing more observations of key species than professional academics. With advanced, easy-to-use analytical tools, these scientists can also create knowledge and insight, right here on Resource Watch.

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