Big Data Observatory

Socio-Economic Response, Recovery and Resilience

Big Data Observatory for COVID-19 Pandemic intakes, curates, and presents data in three key socioeconomic categories:

Human Mobility Data

Changes in national, sub-national and neighbourhood-level mobility flows

Satellite Data

Satellite imagery and advanced GIS tools and techniques for value add


Syntheses of textual topics from policy announcements, newspaper articles, data repositories, and social media posts to aid in decision making


Provide decision-makers in Vietnam with an enriched, real-time evidence base on socio-economic disruptions and recovery during the COVID-19 epidemic through “big data”

The Big Data Observatory promotes access, analysis, application, and adoption of big data for insights development and policy support in response to COVID-19 and beyond


Proof-of-Concepts to Data-Informed Decision Making

The Big Data Observatory will serve to bridge global initiatives and data collaboratives with more agile and “greater than the sum of its parts” applications at national and sub-national levels.

Bringing together scalable insights from across geospatial domains (including sub-national administrative boundaries that resonate with policy makers), the observatory will provide a strengthened evidence base to inform decisions ranging from non-pharmaceutical measures to public investment management, across the emergency response, recovery, and resilience (RRR) phases


Vision is to leverage and build partnerships

A Data Observatory is warranted for Vietnam to address several barriers: access barriers (stakeholders lack access to raw datasets due to privacy restrictions); technology barriers (need to collate and quality-check data); and attention barriers (policy-makers are bombarded with multiple insights that lack standardization and shared context).

  • Harness existing WBG data partnerships for COVID response in the region
  • Develop new country-specific ‘data collaboratives’ partnerships
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Latest Data Stories

Data Quick Scan

The country graphs map the national policy stringency index for COVID-19 relative to Google Mobility indicators.

Data Quick Scan

Are the countries of our focus "flattening the curve"?

Technology Quick Scan

Human Mobility Data | Satellite Data | Crowd-sourcing | Transactions Systems | Text Mining & Data Fusion

Case Studies

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