A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.

Transforming humanitarian data into knowledge: Introducing the ReliefWeb API

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
Tags: API

Are you developing innovative online products for humanitarians? Do you want to incorporate ReliefWeb content and data in your website or online application? Then the new ReliefWeb API may be just what you’re looking for.

It’s been eight months since we released the initial version of the API to a small number of interested developers. We were encouraged by the interest and feedback, but we also quickly realized that there was a lot more to APIs than just making it work - we needed to turn it into a real product.

So, we have been working with Development Seed and Phase2 to refine our API and developers’ resources. The result is ReliefWeb API version 1.0, which we are releasing to the public today.

For all our non-techie humanitarian users, API is short for “...Read more

What have humanitarians been reporting on over the past decade?

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer

Over the past 17 years ReliefWeb has collected and stored more than 545,000 pieces of humanitarian information, diligently tagging them with taxonomy for crises and disasters, content type, sources, themes and vulnerable groups. This bank of structured information provides a unique insight into the global humanitarian situations and responses.

So what were the trends over that time? What were the major issues and themes that humanitarians discussed? What have humanitarian organisations been reporting about? Where have the humanitarian jobs been opened? To help answer some these important questions and develop a general understanding of where the international humanitarian community has been focusing its efforts, we’ve created a new interactive tool called “ReliefWeb Content...Read more

Find humanitarian information by organization

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer

Over the past 17 years, more than 5,000 humanitarian organizations have supplied ReliefWeb with 540,000 pieces of humanitarian related information.

So to help you easily find what you’re looking for, from within our vast humanitarian information archive, we've created a new section called ‘organizations’. Now you can choose to find humanitarian information by either updates, countries, disasters, topics or ‘organizations’.

This new section provides you with an at-a-glance look at the content available from a particular humanitarian organization. You can further filter results by the type of organization (eg. NGO, international org, media etc) or by the country/region in which they are located.

This will allow you to quickly review a specific organization’s...Read more

ReliefWeb Labs Launches Humanitarian Data Exchange

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
Tags: data

In October 2013, ReliefWeb and OCHA ran a survey to understand the data needs and perceptions of the humanitarian community. Almost 3,500 people responded, with the majority based in Africa and working for an NGO.

The survey found that ReliefWeb users regularly do analysis with humanitarian data, but the data is hard to find, difficult to compare and not always trustworthy or timely.

To address these challenges, ReliefWeb Labs is launching Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The HDX project aims to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis, making it easier for information actors to carry out their work.

The main deliverable will be a new humanitarian data platform, aligned with ReliefWeb and other field sites. The platform will have two...Read more

11.85 million visits - a record year for ReliefWeb

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
2013 was a busy year for ReliefWeb’s team and servers.
  • We experienced a 25% growth in site usage,
  • Published over 43,000 humanitarian updates including:
    1. Over 39,000 situation reports, analyses, assessments, press releases, manuals, evaluations and appeals
    2. Over 4,000 maps and infographics
  • In March, we reached the amazing milestone of having published over 500,000 humanitarian reports since 1996
  • Covered 115 natural disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan and Wutip.
  • Over 27,000 jobs posted by 2,700 employers
  • Over 2,500 training events posted by 400 organisations

We continued to implement our ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for...Read more