A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
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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04 Nov 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: search, RSS, filter, maps

As you've probably noticed, we've just made some changes to ReliefWeb’s design and usability. These changes are designed to help you more easily navigate through ReliefWeb and are based on the feedback you provided in our recent user survey.

For many years, users have been telling us that they love the filters. However, you've also been telling us that their usability and functionality could be improved. So we've made some changes, added some new filters and created improved advanced search that will help you easily dig down into the wealth of humanitarian information available in ReliefWeb’s 18-year content archive.

Here is an outline of what you can expect and how you can make the most of your ReliefWeb experience.

1. Easy access to maps and infographics

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02 Oct 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Survey

At ReliefWeb, your feedback, ideas and suggestions are very important to us. They are what have helped ReliefWeb become such an important tool for the humanitarian community. We’re always exploring new ways to deliver humanitarian information, but we can’t do it without your input.

To ensure that ReliefWeb best meets the information needs of humanitarians, we’ve decided to undertake some research on you, our humanitarian users. The 2014 ReliefWeb user survey is now open.

If you are a long-term ReliefWeb user, you will recall that we conducted similar comprehensive user survey back in 2010. You feedback helped us to roll out useful features and services, such as Headlines, Topics and Tweeter aggregations.

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