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Welcome to the HIU 

Humanitarian Information Unit

The mission of the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is to serve as a U.S. Government interagency center to identify, collect, analyze, and disseminate all-source information critical to U.S. Government decision-makers and partners in preparation for and response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide, and to promote innovative technologies and best practices for humanitarian information management. For more information about the HIU, contact information, directions and careers consult the About Us.

MapGive and Imagery to the Crowd
MapGive is a State Department initiative designed to increase the number of online mapping volunteers. This educational and outreach campaign teaches potential volunteers about why open data and humanitarian mapping are important, provides detailed instructions on how to map in OpenStreetMap, and connects them with mapping tasks that will support the provision of humanitarian assistance. Watch the "Why Map" video on the MapGive site here.

MapGive builds upon the Imagery to the Crowd (IttC) initiative in which we share commercial high resolution satellite imagery with the volunteer mapping community to produce baseline geographic data in OpenStreetMap. In November 2013, IttC was awarded a NextGov Bold Award for innovation in federal information technology.

Ebola GeoNode
The Humanitarian Information Unit is partnering with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and others to support the Ebola GeoNode.  The Ebola GeoNode is a partnership platform for sharing open geospatial data to support the Ebola response.  The Ebola GeoNode is accessible at http://ebolageonode.org/.

Commercial Satellite Imagery Requests
The U.S. State Department can share U.S. Government (USG) licensed commercial satellite imagery with approved recipients under certain conditions and Departmental clearance on an individual case-by-case basis.   The Department’s ability to facilitate commercial imagery requests is subject to Departmental determination that it is in the interest of the USG to share the requested imagery, as well as staffing and resource constraints.

For more information, review the Commercial Satellite Imagery Request document, available in Adobe .pdf, Microsoft Word .docx, and text .txt formats.

In Focus: Syria
Since April 2012 the HIU has published a map series entitled Numbers and Locations of Refugees & IDPs. The complete list of these and other Syria map products can be found on our Middle East Products page.

In Focus: HIU Data Download Page
We publish some of the geographic datasets used to produce these analytic maps. All datasets are available on the HIU Data Download Page. We have attempted to make all data available in commonly used formats, both proprietary and open when possible.

Geographic dataset: Large Scale International Boundary Polygons
We combined the linework from the Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset with the World Vector Shorelines dataset to produce a GIS-ready polygon dataset that we believe is the most detailed set of international boundaries available. Additionally, we created a second set of polygons that have been cartographically generalized, making them more useful for global scale mapping projects.

Geographic dataset: Syria: Border Crossings, released 16 April 2015.

Geographic dataset: Syria: IDP Sites, released 16 April 2015.

Geographic dataset: Syria: Refugee Sites, released 16 April 2015.

Geographic dataset: Syria: Cultural Sites, released 22 May 2013.

Image Catalog: Syria Regional Crisis: Refugee Camp Image Catalog, released 28 June 2013.

 Featured Products

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Turkey: Numbers and Locations of Externally Displaced Syrians

According to UNHCR, in 2014 Syria became the world’s largest source country of refugees and Turkey became the largest host country of Syrians. The country-wide map shows the concentrations of displaced Syrians by province; the border region map shows the locations of refugee camps. An accompanying chart identifies the increase in registered Syrians in camps and urban areas.

Region: Middle East

Published Date: 6/23/2015

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Yemen: Humanitarian Five-Day Pause, 12-17 May 2015

This map depicts the humanitarian response in Yemen during the 5-day pause in the conflict, specifically aimed at coordination and disbursement of aid.

Region: Middle East

Published Date: 5/22/2015

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Syria: Numbers and Locations of Refugees and IDPs

Syrians fleeing conflict and violence are being internally and externally displaced. This map identifies IDP sites in Syria, official refugee camp locations in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq, as well as areas in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq where sizable concentrations of Syrians are living in urban areas. It also shows numbers of externally displaced Syrians reported in the four neighboring countries, as well as in Egypt and North Africa. Charts illustrate numbers of Syrians who are registered or awaiting registration for humanitarian assistance in neighboring countries and living in camps or outside camps. The situation is changing rapidly, and the data, based on UN and NGO open source reports, is current as of April 14, 2015.

Region: Middle East

Published Date: 4/17/2015

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Iraq: Population Displacement

This map identifies the locations and types of IDP sites and refugee sites in Iraq, as well as the current estimated number of internally displaced Iraqis identified by governorate. The number of IDPs by Iraqi governorate and the location of Syrian refugee sites are current as of late March 2015. The number of IDP camps is current as of March 23, 2015; collective centers and informal sites are current as of February 1, 2015.

Region: Middle East

Published Date: 4/10/2015

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Syria Conflict Without Borders: 2014 in Review

“Syria Conflict Without Borders: 2014 in Review” is intended as a reference product and provides a summary visualization of key events, locations, and final humanitarian data for the Syrian regional crisis during 2014. Page 1 is a map of the conflict situation for Syria, Iraq, and other neighboring countries; Page 2 visualizes the humanitarian situation for the region as a whole; and Page 3 provides data and charts describing the displaced populations in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Region: Middle East

Published Date: 2/2/2015

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Disease Without Borders: Ebola in West Africa

The map illustrates the extent and severity of the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and highlights the number of cases and fatalities in all countries reporting Ebola cases. Ebola Treatment Units (both existing and under construction) are shown, and total population figures are for Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, and Nigeria are also included.

Region: Africa

Published Date: 12/12/2014

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