A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
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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05 May 2014
blog By Akiko Harayama Tags: interactive Map, maps, API

Producing rapidly changing and complex information is challenging at the best of times. Combine this with a sudden onset emergency, time constraints, a myriad of stakeholders with different information needs, and ensuring that information is in an easy-to-understand format, the task becomes even more difficult.

So, in order to address some of these challenges, OCHA’s Visual Information Unit (VIU), with technical support of ReliefWeb, has further developed the interactive map Beta released in December 2012, to now also include humanitarian information, situation timelines and improved maps.

This pilot version of the interactive timeline map has used data collected during Typhoon Haiyan to simulate how multiple humanitarian data and information could be visually displayed in one place.

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10 Apr 2014
blog 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.

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25 Mar 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Trends, API, interactive Map, labs

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 Trends”.

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