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Guidance for Common Operational Datasets (COD)

The purpose of the fiollowing guidance is to support the Common Operational Datasets (COD) quality and sets minimum standards that enables data interoperability and harmonization. The guidance is designed to compliment the Operational Guidance On Responsibilities Of Cluster/Sector Leads & OCHA In Information Management

COD Services

Partnership with ITOS to improve COD (administrative boundaries and settlement data) quality, standardisation, and interoperability
For more information please contact Robert Colombo ( ond Karen Payne (

IASC Guidelines on the Humanitarian Profile

​Guidance for P-codes

P-Codes are found in administrative boundaries and populated places CODs

P-codes are unique geographic (geo) identification codes, represented by combinations of letters and/or numbers to identify a specific location or feature on a map or within a database. For specific place, point, or positional locations, the geo-codes have come into common usages as P-codes (abbreviated for Place-code). These terms can be essentially interchange as long as one recognizes the focus on “position or place” for P-codes. They are also used to provide unique reference codes to refer to settlements or administrative boundaries in other datasets. P-codes are attributes found in the COD listed above and are a key attribute used to harmonize data.
P-code Tools
P-coder  is designed to add p-codes to excel tables that contain the same admin name as what is used in the COD Administrative Boundaries. They are helpful for cleaning 3W, monitoring, FODs and other operational datasets. The format used for these can be altered to include the data from a different country. If you create a new p-code tool, please let us know so it can be shared.
Pcode one page infogrpahic
to quickly explain administrative structure. Often the government already has something available.


OCHA is in the process of integrating key community web platforms, including ReliefWeb, Humanitarian Response ( and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The goal is to create internal efficiency in how we manage information and to make it easier for users to find the information they need to do their work. An initial step in this consolidation process will be to move the data that is currently stored on over to HDX so that there is one place for humanitarian data.  

The migration of the COD FOD Registry to HDX will take place over the next several months. The data will be moved in three separate month-long phases. The work will begin with an initial batch of 13 offices, many of which are already working with HDX.