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

Every year on 19 August, the global humanitarian community commemorates World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to recognize all humanitarian aid workers who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It also commemorates all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.

On 19 August 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN office in Baghdad.

This year’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day is unfortunately as timely as ever, with more humanitarian workers kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. In 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded, and 134 were kidnapped.

Hundreds of humanitarian organizations around the globe will be commemorating the day by raising public awareness of humanitarian assistance currently being provided worldwide.

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15 Jul 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: alerts, disasters, Disaster Management

Hundreds of natural disasters occur each year. According to UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Data and Trends, natural disasters affected more than 124.5 million people worldwide in 2012. Having access to timely and relevant information is key for humanitarians to be prepared and effective in response.

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09 Jul 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Disaster Management

Last year, we posted a blog discussing the editorial process behind ReliefWeb’s natural disaster coverage. The blog outlined how our editors monitor and gather information from a variety of reliable sources in order to provide you with timely and comprehensive disaster updates.

One of our key sources of disaster information are National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA). During our daily information collection process, we monitor NDMA websites from around the world and regularly re-publish their information on ReliefWeb.

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10 Jun 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: training, disasterready.org

Are you new to ReliefWeb? Or maybe feel that you need a refresher course on how to find humanitarian information? Then the new ReliefWeb Online Tour at DisasterReady.org could be just what you need.

With over 550,000 humanitarian situation reports, maps, news, press releases, evaluations, and guidelines available on ReliefWeb, and more than 100 new updates each day, finding specific humanitarian information can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you are pressed for time before deployment or new to the site.

So ReliefWeb has teamed up with DisasterReady.org to create an online training tour that teaches you how to navigate ReliefWeb and make the most of some the most popular features. DisasterReady.org is a free, easy to use online training resource designed to help prepare aid workers for the demands they face in the field.

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