Yesterday, I stumbled upon two very interesting SDG data initiatives: TReNDS and Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development Data
TReNDS assists governments with data collection for the SDGs. One of their new projects is focused on collecting real-time SDG data. For example, they plan to look at satellite imagery to estimate population sizes: The amount of light (area and intensity) that can be seen in a community at night indicates population size.
It reminds me of something I read today:
A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public.
— Vox: Air pollution from every single power plant in the world, tracked.
They are currently looking for collaborators to help them identify what data might be estimated from satellite imagery and other real-time data sources. If you know someone, reach out to them! They are friendly :) I know because they already replied to my email from yesterday.
The other data initiative, the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development Data, is a network of 300+ members (organizations, governments, institutions, …). Sounds like THE place to go if one has questions about SDG data or wants to get involved in some capacity.
I plan to reach out to the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development Data, too. But first I want to read their Five Year Strategy from 2019-2023. It may give me a good impression of the current challenges. And it may give me hints as who to talk to.