A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
17 Apr 2015
blog By Shuichi Odaka, Programme Officer

In October 2014, we undertook a comprehensive user survey designed to help us get a better understanding of why and how you use ReliefWeb as well as what you do with the information you find. We also wanted to find out what kind of humanitarian information you need for your daily work, and what services you may want from ReliefWeb going forward. By learning more about you and your humanitarian information needs, we can improve the existing features and better plan for new services.

The survey was also focused around discovering how you rate ReliefWeb’s current products and services and how you want to receive humanitarian information.

About the survey

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08 Apr 2015
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: email

It’s April 2015, and so far this year ReliefWeb has already uploaded more than 15,000 updates and covered fourteen natural disasters. We’re updating ReliefWeb daily with new reports and maps. Our goal is to keep the global humanitarian community informed about the latest developments on crises and disasters.

One of the best ways for users to stay current of the latest humanitarian updates is via ReliefWeb’s email subscription services that we have been offering for many years.

Now with our latest improvements to the subscription process, we’ve made it easier for you to choose and subscribe to notifications on new updates about countries, disasters, headlines, maps and infographics, situation reports, jobs and trainings.

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24 Feb 2015
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Statistics, 2014

2014 was another record year for ReliefWeb, with over 4.96 million users accessing ReliefWeb more than 12 million times.

We added more than 54,000 reports and maps to ReliefWeb and covered all the year’s major crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

We also we introduced some great new initiatives that were designed to help you more easily access the humanitarian information on ReliefWeb’s. These included:

Improved API: The ReliefWeb application programming interface (API) was significantly improved to better enable websites, software, and apps to connect directly with the ReliefWeb database, helping humanitarians to develop new online initiatives. http://reliefweb.int/help/api

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11 Feb 2015
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Videos, search

Video reporting has increasingly become an effective way for humanitarian organizations to communicate the work they undertake. However, with millions of videos online finding quality humanitarian videos can be challenging. So to give you easy access to humanitarian videos, we’re trialling a new ‘Videos’ section at ReliefWeb Labs.

This ‘beta’ Videos section is being launched with more than 700 videos from over 130 different humanitarian organizations. New videos are being added daily and all are sourced from ReliefWeb’s extensive list of humanitarian content providers.

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03 Dec 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: maps

To help humanitarians produce informative and well-designed information products, ReliefWeb and the Visual Information Unit (VIU) of the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have collaborated to make available more than 200 updated country and territory location maps.

Since first publishing the location maps, OCHA has made a series of improvements. The maps are now available in PNG, PDF and SVG formats, making them easily embeddable into any report or website. They offer essential information, such as main cities and neighbouring countries and anyone can republish or edit them using tools such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.

The maps can be downloaded at the ReliefWeb location maps page .

Now thanks to Wikimedia NYC volunteers, OCHA’s maps are also available from the Wikimedia commons.

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