A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
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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19 Sep 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: jobs

Are you interested in working with ReliefWeb? Do you have a passion for humanitarian issues, web technology and information management? We’re seeking two highly motivated people to fill two very important roles.

1. Chief of Section (ReliefWeb Coordinator)

We’re looking for a leader with the right set of management, web technology and humanitarian experience to guide the future of ReliefWeb.

The candidate will be required to provide leadership and strategic direction that enables ReliefWeb to to be humanitarian community’s leading information platform. The Coordinator will plan and oversee the activities of ReliefWeb and actively liaise with humanitarian stakeholders.

Applicants are required to have an advanced university degree and minimum of ten years of experience in project or programme management in a related area to qualify for the role.

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27 Aug 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: API

Earlier this year we officially launched the ReliefWeb API (v.1.0). The API allows web developers and tech-savvy humanitarians access to over 17 years’ worth of carefully selected and curated humanitarian content stored in the ReliefWeb database.

For all our non-technical humanitarian users, API is short for “application programming interface”, and it enables websites, software, and apps to talk directly with the ReliefWeb database, allowing them to retrieve, republish or reuse the content offered by ReliefWeb.

We’ve received some great feedback from many tech-savvy humanitarians who are planning and developing new information tools. In future, we hope to showcase the exciting projects being developed using the ReliefWeb API.

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