White Paper: Gap Analysis on Open Data Interconnectivity for Disaster Risk Research – Final Version
Disasters are sudden, calamitous events that bring great damage, loss or destruction to large populations and regions. Natural hazards pose a great threat and challenge to all human societies. The diversity in hazards requires a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating scientific research and application of the findings with pre-disaster prediction, decision making and assessment based on complete, scientific and reliable data. This white paper aims to identify the gaps in technology and relevant policies that prevent effective interconnection of disaster-related data and information for use in research, education and public engagement. A set of recommendations summarized for a better understanding of disasters and more effective ways of mitigating and reducing the impact of disasters on lives and properties.