The collation, effective management and timely transfer of robust and credible data impact all activities and transcend all phases of the disaster cycle. All actors involved in recovery and reconstruction are dependent upon specific datasets in order to inform decision making, prioritise and mobilise resources as well as to measure the impact of interventions and response strategies. However in spite of the recognised importance of data in terms of resilience, preparedness and responsiveness to a disaster it is apparent that the efficiency of disaster intervention and planning continues to be undermined by ineffective collaboration and constraints on information sharing between the various actors that constitute the responder community. The UNFPA (2010) report entitled ‘Guidelines on Data issues in Humanitarian Crisis Situations’ suggests that because of the universal importance and cross-cutting nature of disaster response data no specific agency or response cluster, sub-cluster or even working group has thus far been foreseen within the responder community to focus specifically on data issues. The UNFPA report goes on to conclude that the relative absence of defined responsibility has resulted in confusion as to the most reliable sources of data and which approaches to adopt to avail such data.