The Centre for Humanitarian Data has been officially opened in The Hague today.

Launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), its ‘goal is to increase the use and impact of data in humanitarian crises around the world’.

Innovators Magazine has had a number of stories on these pages about the way data is being used to take on some of the biggest challenges.

A new mapping technique – for example, that harnesses big data, is being pioneered to make it easier for governments and aid organisations to tackle extreme poverty. The world’s biggest cities are collaborating to use it to tackle climate change. And it is also helping to provide an early warning of severe weather.