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Business Intelligence

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Business intelligence (BI) is a set of theories, methodologies, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information[1]. While operational systems - such as IMSMANG and many others - are designed and optimised for data entry and updates, a BI system is read-only and designed for analysing and visualising data. The overall objective is to inform the decision making process, thus allow for evidence-based decision making. An important criterion of the underlying data is its quality - meaningful analysis can only be achieved if the input data is accurate, complete, and of known quality.

The Mine Action INTelligence Tool (MINT -- the name is a reference to Business Intelligence) has been introduced to facilitate the reporting process, and allow for analysis and visualisation of mine action data from IMSMANG and/or other sources. It is a tool and service provided by the GICHD to the wider mine action community.

Use cases for MINT include:

  • Creating digital dashboards to convey key information to specific audiences
  • Tracking indicators and progress
  • Creating interactive reports
  • Scheduling reports and sending notifications -- for example, send a specific report as a PDF attachment by email every Monday at 08:00 to the operations manager
  • Performing ad-hoc data analyses by dragging and dropping fields from predefined data sources

More details are available on the main MINT page.

From raw data to information

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What steps are concretely required in order to get information out of raw data? If IMSMANG is used for collecting and storing data, a reporting database called staging area can be generated using the staging area generator (SAG). This is a "flat" version of the IMSMA database that is directly and easily accessible for MINT, Geo-analysis tools or any other reporting and analysis tool, such as Tableau and Excel. If the raw data is not in IMSMA, but in another database or in spreadsheets, MINT (and other tools) can also connect to it - contact your GICHD IM focal point for investigating a specific use case.
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_intelligence