Postal Data and Social Welfare
Posted on January 9th, 2015

Global Pulse, a United Nations initiative to promote big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action, views postal data as a source of clues about human wellbeing. Speaking at the TEDx Place des Nations event, Global Pulse’s Chief Scientist Miguel Luengo-Oroz said posts can be considered the world’s oldest and biggest social networks. By analyzing the data story of posts—contained in the bar codes of letters and parcels—a global picture of economic trends, migration, poverty and resilience begins to emerge. To view the TEDx talk, click here. (Dr. Luengo-Oroz's comments on posts begin around minute 5:55.)

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