Review of Annual Activities, Progress, Lessons Learnt as an Innovation Driver and Ecosystem Catalyst

Operational Data Visualisation, Data Analytics and Innovation Tools Combining Multiple Datasets

Synopses of Research Conducted Detailing Background, Approach, Analysis and Recommendations

Insights and ideas from human centered, social research

Explore, analyze, mashup datasets related to development and humanitarian issues in Indonesia

Collection of Academic Submissions, Technical Reports, Conference Papers and the like Outlining Research Framework and Analysis

Tangible Prototypes Designed to Test Concepts, Support and Complement Data-Driven Decision-Making Processes

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West Java COVID-19 Interactive Map

West Java is one of the provinces that had been implementing PSBB originally given its large number of cases, as well as its close proxi...

2020 Second Quarter Edition

Making innovation work in practice, such as use of alternative data, requires key actors and decision makers to be informed and able to discern...

2020-07-02
UN Global Pulse Annual Report 2019

Recognising the need to adapt our approach, UN Global Pulse embarked in 2019 on an internal exercise to understand how to continue to de...

PLJ Annual Report 2019

This report highlights how PLJ has transitioned within the dynamic operational context it operates. From a Lab having to self-initiate projects and ...

2020 First Quarter Edition

Remember our After Dark research? Our recommendations have been taken up by Gojek to design safe zones for its women passengers. Its Senior Vice...

2020-03-30
Data Innovation Metropolitan Sustainable Transportation

By 2050, it is expected that nearly 70% percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. In Southe...

Setelah Gelap - Menciptakan Transit yang Aman untuk Perempuan yang Bepergian di Malam Hari

Perempuan sering bermigrasi ke kota-kota tersebut demi peluang kerja yang lebih ...

2019 December Edition

As PLJ enters its second phase, a key question for us is whether this means business as usual or it is an important juncture to reflect and gaug...

2019-12-31
Population Displacement Platform

Through a shared value partnership with mobile telecom Digicel, Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) over the past few years has investigated how pseud...

Technical Report Research Dive 9: Household Vulnerability

Pulse Lab Jakarta is collaborating with Bank Indonesia’s Macroprudential Policy Department for an upcoming ...

2019 September Edition

While exposure to poverty is a threat to a household’s financial stability, multiple factors determine the measure of a household&rs...

2019-09-30
SDG Localization in Asean: Experiences in Shaping Policy and Implementation Pathways

The key question remaining is how SDG localization can be practically, efficiently and...

Mapping Smallholder Farmers in Indonesia to Inform Agriculture Policies

In Indonesia, roughly a third of the land is used for agricultural purposes and the sector contribu...

2019 July Edition

Agriculture has been and is today still the mainstay and backbone of several developing countries' economy. However climate variability and economic shoc...

2019-07-31
2019 June Edition

At the recent UN Global Working Group on Big Data's regional workshop on the use of mobile phone data for official statistics in Jakarta, we hosted ...

2019-06-30
2019 May Edition

To navigate advancing urban cities, women often have to develop their own safety mechanisms, because smart cities do not always mean safe cities. We teame...

2019-05-31
Managing Information for Natural Disasters

Pulse Lab Jakarta recently launched its latest research prototype—an automated, open source platform that integrates multi...

Pulse Stories: After Dark Report

After Dark: Encouraging Safe Transit for Women Travelling at Night was a research project conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta in collabor...

DatakuID

To complement the Indonesian Government’s data governance initiative known as Satu Data, Pulse Lab Jakarta alongside the Ministry of National Development Pl...

2019 April Edition

The Lab is pleased to be taking on a new role as the Regional Data Partner for Grab-UN research. Here's a look at the analysis we've done so far using G...

2019-04-30
2019 March Edition

Committing to data innovation projects is not just about being legally compliant, being ethically sound is also non-negotiable. In a recent da...

2019-03-31
Indonesia Financial Access Map

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with the Secretariat for National Council for Financial Inclusion (SNKI) to design an interactive geospatial map...

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2018

The UN Global Pulse's Annual Report 2018 summarises exploratory research conducted by the Pulse Labs and presents solutions that wer...

2019 February Edition

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we kicked off a campaign called #OneWordOfAdvice to celebrate the achievements of women in innovation and h...

2019-02-28
PLJ Annual Report 2018

From inclusive economic growth research to prototyping disaster response tools, our projects in 2018 took us to communities across Indonesia an...

2019 January Edition

DisasterMon is a disaster monitoring big data tool, which the Lab has been developing to provide insights on cyclones, earthquakes, hurrican...

2019-01-31
Menggali Potensi Teknologi Finansial: Inklusi Keuangan untuk Usaha Mikro di Indonesia

Banyak pedagang kaki lima, pemilik warung, dan ribuan pengusaha mikro di seluruh Indo...

DisasterMon

Nicknamed DisasterMon, the current prototype features three data insight layers related to logistics planning, social media communication and socio-economic va...

2018 December Edition

As a follow up to our Banking on Fintech research, we teamed up with UNCDF-SHIFT to launch a fund which challenged fintech companies to come up with ...

2018-12-28
Academic Paper: Improving Traffic Safety Through Video Analysis in Jakarta, Indonesia

This project presents the results of a partnership with Jakarta Smart City (JSC) and ...

Technical Report Research Dive 8: Financial Inclusion

To support the Government of Indonesia’s national strategy on financial inclusion, Pulse Lab Jakarta or...

2018 November Edition

"New tools and solutions should always be designed with the user in mind. There is no point in creating a snazzy dashboard using data science wizardr...

2018-11-30
Stories of Change: Haze Gazer & Vampire

The Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events (VAMPIRE) and Haze Gazer were conceived and de...

2018 October Edition

CCTV monitoring is a plus for traffic safety, but combing through hours of footage manually is labour-intensive. Partnering with Jakarta Smart Ci...

2018-10-31
Technical Report Research Dive 7: AI and Machine Learning for Estimating Poverty

The Government of Indonesia has made significant progress in reducing poverty over the pas...

Examining Customer Journeys at Financial Institutions in Cambodia

This study uses readily available big data from four Financial Service Providers (FSP) in Cambodia—...

2018 September Edition

Can financial technology accelerate financial inclusion of micro enterprises in Indonesia? Find out in our latest Pulse Story!  ...

2018-09-30
Banking on Fintech: Financial Inclusion for Micro Enterprises in Indonesia

For many street food vendors, small shop owners and thousands of micro entrepreneurs across Indo...

Academic Paper: Estimating the Quality of Crowdsourced Translations

In this paper, we attempt to crowdsource the translation of thousands of words and phrases related to d...

Academic Paper: Nowcasting Air Quality

This paper investigates a method to nowcast the levels of air quality captured by photos shared on social media to better predict ha...

Academic Paper: Big Data for Development Indicators and Social Policies

This paper provides a brief introduction of the fundamental aspects of big data, contextual to the ...

2018 July Edition

With technologies now introducing new dimensions to diplomacy, these changes have not only presented new opportunities but also several challenges. Do di...

2018-07-31
2018 June Edition

How best can we inform ourselves and a broader audience about the impact and lessons of our work? We tackled this question by writing “Stories of C...

2018-06-30
Technical Report Research Dive 6 : Urban & Regional Development

The challenges in urban area are manifold, and are especially intertwined in the areas of education,&nb...

2018 May Edition

Data is the lifeblood of decision-making, but how should public officials navigate the digital deluge? UN Resident Coordinators and Heads of Agencies from...

2018-05-31
2018 April Edition

Despite the flurry of chatter about smart city tech, what exactly constitutes a smart city often differ between city officials and citizens. Against the...

2018-04-30
PLJ Annual Report 2017

2017 marked the end of the initial five-year phase of Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ). One of the biggest highlights of the year was the increased adoption ...

Indonesian SDGs Monitoring Dashboard

The Government of Indonesia, recognising the ambitious scope of the 17 goals and 169 targets, has sought to explore the benefits of a ...

2018 March Edition

Can Twitter activities be used to infer daily electricity consumption? Our data science team got together with researchers from across Indonesia during ...

2018-03-31
2018 February Edition

Much like the labs in the Global Pulse network, Data Science Campus is tapping into the rich streams of data that are being generated by new technolo...

2018-02-28
Big Data for Financial Inclusion, Examining The Customer Journey

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with the UNCDF Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) prog...

Academic Paper: Inferring Commuting Statistics from Social Media in Greater Jakarta

In this paper, we test how the locational information from social media on mobi...

2018 January Edition

Many street food vendors and thousands of other entrepreneurs like them across Indonesia live in a cash-based ecosystem. Unbanked, they miss out ...

2018-01-31
UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2017

Throughout 2017, Global Pulse also spearheaded efforts to foster an enabling environment for data innovation. Global Pulse worked wi...

Cyclone Monitoring (CycloMon)

CycloMon is an analytics and visualisation platform Pulse Lab Jakarta developed to monitor social response before/during/after tropical cyclo...

2017 December Edition

As 2017 draws to a close, we at the Lab began to reflect on some of our success stories from the year. In much the style of a reality show confession...

2017-12-28
Using Big Data Analytics for Improved Public Transport

Pulse Lab Jakarta collaborated with Jakarta Smart City on a project to enhance transport planning and operational de...

Pulse Stories 5: Setting Sail

Together with Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG), we conducted a human-centred design research to take a look in...

Academic Paper: Better Understanding Public Bus Passenger Behaviors in Jakarta

In this study, we investigate the hidden travel patterns of regular TransJakarta passe...

National Dashboard

Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local government decision-making by developing a national dashboard. ...

Academic Paper: Social Media for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action

In this paper, we address the usage of Twitter data, specifically in the development and h...

2017 November Edition

Clean water access, waste management and Gamalama's mountain eruption are pressing challenges in Ternate City. To understand these issues from the bo...

2017-11-30
Pulse Stories 4: Let’s Get Down To Business

The Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and Pulse Lab Jakarta recently teamed up to conduct a stu...

Technical Report Research Dive 5: Transportation

Building a sustainable transportation system is no longer just a priority for megacities; it has become integral for all m...

2017 October Edition

Data related to flood mitigation are not only scattered throughout government units - they are often dated. Speaking with key players on the...

2017-10-31
2017 September Edition

Service delivery involves complex processes. Chronicling our learnings on taking an idea from a design to a ready-to-test prototype, this toolkit is...

2017-09-30
Technical Report Research Dive 4: Trade Competitiveness

The Indonesia Government is taking steps to improve national industrial competitiveness to ensure continued economi...

Navigating the Terrain: A Toolkit for Conceptualising Service Design Projects

The purpose of this toolkit is to guide development organisations and governments in navigati...

2017 August Edition

“Data revolution is exciting but also disruptive.” Taking stock of government demand for advanced data analytics in Indonesia, in these con...

2017-08-31
Pulse Stories 3: Too Cool for School

We immersed ourselves in the lives of school pupils, dropouts, and educators to understand the educational experiences in a district w...

Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit

This toolkit captures the Urban Poor Consortium's method for urban vulnerability mapping, a participatory approach to data collection, ...

2017 July Edition

More than just a buzzword, smart city initiatives open up all kinds of possibilities for development. Our Urban Portfolio Lead took a trip to R...

2017-07-31
Platform for Real-time Information and Situation Monitoring (PRISM)

Building on our tool for assisting vulnerable populations during droughts in Indonesia, we te...

From Urban Data Collection to Urban Design: A Guide to Participatory Approaches Around the Globe

Hot on the heels of the Urban Vulnerability Mapping Toolkit and connected ...

2017 June Edition

Delve into the participatory mapping methods of the Urban Poor Consortium, a recipient of one of our data innovation mini grants in 2015. ...

2017-06-23
Embracing Innovation: How a Social Lab can Support the Innovation Agenda in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a total of 52 ministries operating in the public sector and over 200 me...

Academic Paper: Collaborative Translation to Better Listen to Citizen Feedback

In this paper, we share our lessons learned from a pilot project that collectively translate...

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good Report

This report was produced by UN Global Pulse and the GSMA with support from Vital Wave Consulting. Appreciation goes to coll...

2017 May Edition

Highlights and impressions from the recent public consultation session on the draft Presidential Decree on Satu Data (One Data) Indonesia. ...

2017-05-31
International Conference on Data Revolution for Policy Makers - Proceeding

The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) an...

Technical Report Research Dive 3: Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals

From 12th to 15th March, Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted its third research dive, bringing together...

2017 April Edition

Calling for volunteers to join our crowdsourcing project to inform disaster-related initiatives! ...

2017-04-28
PLJ Annual Report 2016

This report provides an overview of the work of Pulse Lab Jakarta in 2016, which we hope to build on further for an even more exciting 2017! ...

Translator Gator: Crowdsourcing Translation of Development Keywords in Indonesia

Pulse Lab Jakarta developed Translator Gator, a people-powered language game that creates ...

Academic Paper: Education, Household and Expenditure from Mobile Data in Vanuatu

In this paper, we investigate how mobile phone datasets can be used to produce a set of pr...

2017 March Edition

What does it take to go from co-design workshops to implementation by government and communities? Check out the insights from our design team. ...

2017-03-31
VAMPIRE

The platform provides integrated map-based visualisations that show the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on markets, and the coping strategies a...

2017 February Edition

If you missed the supernova of creativity that was the Data Revolution for Policy Makers Conference, catch up with the action on Storify an...

2017-02-28
Haze Gazer, Crisis Analysis and Visualisation Tool

Pulse Lab Jakarta, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, developed ‘Haze Gazer,’ a crisis analy...

Nowcasting Food Prices

Protecting vulnerable groups within the population is one of the top priorities for the Government of Indonesia, especially since the severe food pr...

Technical Report Research Dive 2: Image Mining for Disaster Management

On 13-16 November 2016, Pulse Lab Jakarta organised a Research Dive on Image Mining for Disaster Man...

2017 January Edition

Catch up with our evaluation team's thoughts on the challenges of implementing innovations in the development sector to the point of sustainable ...

2017-01-31
UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2016

This year marked the first full year of implementation of the 15-year roadmap set for the development community by the 2030 Agenda. ...

2016 December Edition

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, it provides step-by-step guidance for working with new sources of data. ...

2016-12-30
A Guide to Data Innovation for Development

This guide covers the project design phase from the earliest hint of a data innovation idea through the creation of a pr...

2016 November Edition

We had a buzzing Friday morning in the Lab courtesy of the Ministry of Trade’s Centre for Data and Information and AIPEG. "It is precisely...

2016-11-30
Technical Report Research Dive 1: Natural Language Processing for Sustainable Development

The Research Dive took place at Pulse Lab Jakarta on 22-23 July 2016, and carried...

2016 October Edition

What can the public sector learn from Datavores, the namesakes of this newsletter? Delve into the thinking behind our work with Kompak and AIPD before...

2016-10-31
2016 September Edition

Can road infrastructure project verification costs be reduced through crowdsourcing? PLJ and INDII have teamed up with Premise to fin...

2016-09-30
Makassar Mobility Project Report

This study was commissioned by UNDP to get a glimpse into the mobility patterns in Makassar, Indonesia. This study is part of the ov...

2016 August Edition

We recently hosted a gaggle of computational linguists for a dive into the datasets generated by Translator Gator. This is where the rubber h...

2016-08-31
Translator Gator

UN Global Pulse recently finished the first phase of Translator Gator, a language game that builds taxonomies for research initiatives. Hundreds of people...

2016 June Edition

How might schools provide children with opportunities to broaden their aspirations? Along with GiZ our designers answer this and other questions in ...

2016-06-30
2016 May Edition

We're looking for change-makers in East Java to shake-up healthcare, education, civic registry, and business licensing. Deadline for applications fas...

2016-05-31
2016 April Edition

An overview of Pulse Lab Jakarta's work in 2015. ...

2016-04-14
PLJ Annual Report 2015

2015 was an eventful year for Pulse Lab Jakarta. The broader data innovation ecosystem within which the Lab operates has grown from a specialist net...

Haze Gazer

Functioning as a crisis analysis and visualisation tool, Haze Gazer provides real-time insights on the locations of fire and haze hotspots; the strength of haze...

Pulse Stories 2: Mother’s Love

Pulse Lab Jakarta, with the support of DFAT, recently teamed up with the TRANSFORMASI initiative to deliver a couple of health servic...

Pulse Stories 1: Haze and Confused

For our first edition, we take you to Pontianak, a city in West Kalimantan that was severely affected by forest-fire haze at the time of...

Feasibility Study: Crowdsourcing High-Frequency Food Price Data in Rural Indonesia

This feasibility study used crowdsourcing to track commodity prices in near real-time in...

Mining Citizen Feedback Data for Enhanced Local Government Decision-Making

In this project, Pulse Lab Jakarta explored the contribution of advanced data analytics to local...

Improving Professional Training In Indonesia With Gaming Data

Pulse Lab Jakarta partnered with Kompak, a partnership of the Governments of Australia and Indonesia to reduc...

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2015

The year 2015 marked a major shift in the dimensions of international development. In an unprecedented, inclusive and open process, ...

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2014

In 2014, Global Pulse consolidated itsexpertise in the emerging field of Big Datafor Development, assumed a highly visibleadvocacy r...

Feasibility Study: Supporting Forest and Peat Fire Management Using Social Media

A feasibility study was conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta on the use of real-time information...

UN Global Pulse’s Annual Report 2013

Our network of Pulse Labs is leveraging BigData to address wide-ranging topicsincluding food security, economic wellbeing,gender dis...

Mobile Phone Network Data For Development

The primer is a synthesis of a growing body of research on mobile phone data analysis in development or humanitarian contexts. Fo...

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