Efficient risk data sharing: A dedicated disaster risk data library
The Risk Data Library Project is creating an online library for finding risk data, explicitly designed for the needs of risk assessment experts. The risk data schema, which store the data, are in place – they include hazard, exposure and vulnerability data inputs, and modelled loss outputs. The objective of the Risk Data Library Project is to make risk assessments everywhere more efficient and more effective, by making user-ready datasets more readily available, so risk experts can spend less time looking for data and more time working with it.
Finding and preparing data consumes a large portion of a risk assessment project’s resources — between 20% and 60% — and while good collections exist, they are specialized. None of them provides access to all the components of a project: the hazard, exposure, and vulnerability data together, or maintains data in a consistent format with its metadata, needed for an improved level of interoperability. The Risk Data Library changes this.
This Focus Day event will bring together the community of risk data generators and users to discuss, through a design-led workshop, the benefits of the Risk Data Library and challenges of making it sustainable. The session will be in three parts. We will showcase the capabilities of the Risk Data Library and opportunities brought by establishing a searchable collection of consistent data, aiming to build awareness and support for the project. Then participants, in groups, will discuss those perceived benefits, and discuss challenges in achieving a sustainable library. Finally the groups will address those challenges by suggesting solutions that will overcome the barriers to success.
Organizer: GFDRR Labs