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How do I access the data on the COD FOD Registry?

You do not need to login into access data on the COD FOD Registry.

Click on the dataset file identified in the “data file” area to begin the download process. If a weblink or contact information has been provided then please follow those instructions to access the data. 

I get an error message when I try to download a dataset.

I get the error message below when I try to download a dataset





We are still in the process of improving our metadata and there is some duplication of information.

While we are in the process of cleaning the metadata, please follow the general rule

  • To download a dataset (zip, xls, etc.) use the link under “dataset file”
  • The “instructions” area is intended for links or contact information.






I get an error when trying to unzip a dataset I downloaded.

I received the following error when trying to unzip a dataset.











Try using winzip to open the file as the file may have been zipped with an application your computer does not recognize.

What is a Pcode?

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. For more information about pcodes see here.

What is an HRPcode?

An HRPcode is the pcode of an Administrative Boundary or Populated Places COD. Pcodes are unqiue codes, generally developed by data sources to identify locations. For more information about pcodes see here.  The platform uses the location taxonomy to tag content geographically. Every content that should have particular location such as person’s contact details, an assessment in a specific affected area (county, town) or a coordination hub are tagged by location while uploading to the site. Using the Administrative Boundary CODs, geographically tagged content on the site can then be displayed on a map. A standard was created that includes ISO 2 letter country code+numeric (most pcodes are in the format and if different is generally a matter of adding the alpha component.  For more information about the HRpcode see here

Who owns the datasets on the COD FOD registry?

There are three levels of governance for the datasets: Guardian, Sponsor and Source. The roles and responsibilities for each are outlined below.

Guardian: OCHA is the “Guardian” of the agreed upon datasets and will facilitate the distribution of the “best” available common operational and fundamental datasets in emergencies. This means that OCHA does not own any of the data and cannot share it without agreement from the “Sponsor” or “Source”; this also means that OCHA cannot change the data it can only work the data source to make changes.

Sponsor: CODs may have a designated “Sponsor” who is responsible for identifying and liaising with relevant “Sources” to analyze, collate, clean and achieve consensus around a specific operational dataset.

Source: Dataset's designated source(s) or owner(s), such as: national authority/agency, Cluster, NGO, UN agency, International Organization, International Red Cross/Red Crescent that agrees to be fully responsible for the development, maintenance and metadata associated with a dataset and control distribution restrictions.


What do the three types of registration mean to me?

There are 3 methods that data is shared on the COD FOD Registry

Registration Method User Access Terms of Use
Data is uploaded directly on line This data can be downloaded immediately and does not require an account or a password. See the metadata of the dataset for terms of use, if none is included see the Registry’s Terms of Use
URL to another site provided Data can be retrieved by following the instructions in the metadata and/or on the site you are redirected to. See the terms of use on the redirected site
Contact information provided Follow the instructions in the metadata to acquire the data. The focal point will advise on the terms of use


What Countries and Regions are Included?

The development of agreements with data sources is on-going and not all countries are included in the COD-FOD Registry. New countries and datasets are added as they become available. You can contact us through the registry and to check to see if it is available and not yet placed on the site.

I have a comment about data quality.

Please contact us and let us know what you think or have discovered.  Please note that OCHA is not the data owner and as such cannot make changes to the dataset without approval of the dataset source (see governance model) 

I have data you may be interested in, how can I add it?

Please contact us and you will be put in touch with the OCHA office responsible for that country to discuss data sharing on the registry.