The Data Service Centre
The Data Service Centre (DSC), which was established in 2022, pools and develops a series of services to support digital, data-driven work in GIZ projects. Instead of setting up a new IT monitoring system for each project, the DSC team is working, for example, with in-house digital experts and IT colleagues and with GIZ’s Sectoral Department on a modular system, which all projects will be able to use for their future monitoring activities. Where necessary, it trains project staff on the use of data and also enables access to chargeable data, which the projects would have difficulty in accessing on their own.
Another service that DSC is currently developing is text analysis assisted by artificial intelligence (AI), which can be used to search for information in large volumes of text, especially from completed GIZ projects. DSC also helps to collect geodata showing deforestation or mining in project regions, for example. As a result, a large geodatabase of the areas where GIZ operates is gradually being created. By linking this kind of geodata with satellite data, maps can then be created that support data-driven project planning.
At present, all of these services can be used only with DSC’s support, but there are plans to scale this up in future so that the projects will also be able to use the services themselves wherever possible.