For humanitarians around the world supporting response coordination, this time of year is always one of the busiest. Needs assessments, analysis, and response planning for next year compete with urgent operational priorities and reporting on current activities. And for those of us developing and improving the HPC.tools suite, it's no different.
Colleagues working in operations using project-based costing are currently transitioning to the new HPC Projects Module. This new platform replaces the ten-year-old Online Projects System (OPS) and features enhanced flexibility, a slew of new features in response to the evolving needs of the humanitarian system, and a fresh new design. You can check it out here.
Meanwhile. since HPC Viewer launched two months ago, it has been adopted by two more operations: Niger and Somalia, in addition to Burundi and Nigeria. Several more countries are in pre-publication review and should be added soon. Some features have been substantially improved too, such as PDF downloads; find these in the overflow menu (︙) near the top of each plan page.
Downloads and outputs is only one of several areas we are working on, and several major upgrades are planned for the next four to six weeks. These will include a new design for the homepage map, several improvements to plan page designs, more integrations with external data sources, and a much-needed update to this blog page.
Maps are a key focus area for the coming several releases. Besides redesigning the homepage map, we'll be improving the usability of plan page maps. Look out for location filtering, paging between locations, name and value toggles and design improvements, as well as an alternative style for plan page maps to match the upcoming homepage map redesign.
In addition to these incremental improvements to our existing point-based maps, we'll soon be releasing choropleth heatmaps to display operational presence for selected countries using project-based costing. This will be our first foray into Who does What Where (3W) reporting, and we're very excited about it. Expect to start seeing operational presence maps on selected plan pages from early December 2018 onwards.