A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
26 Dec 2013
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: search, API, maps, organizations

2013 has been a big year for ReliefWeb! We collected and published over 42,000 humanitarian updates and launched many new initiatives such as Topics pages, the ReliefWeb mobile site and APIs. There were over 11.8 million visits during the year and we reached the amazing milestone of publishing 500,000 reports and maps since our launch in 1996. But that’s now in the past! So looking forward in this blog update, we want to give you a little snippet of what’s to come in 2014.

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09 Dec 2013
blog By Viola Voss, Editor

By the end of November ReliefWeb had reached 11,000,000 visits for 2013. This is a new record and it looks like we are well on our way to making 12,000,000 for the year. That is approximately 1 million per month. We’re really pleased that the humanitarian community is visiting ReliefWeb and utilising the features and services on offer. At the end of December we’ll publish a full rundown of site statistics and what 2014 holds for ReliefWeb.

Our homepage is one of the most visited pages on ReliefWeb. At least 25% of all site visitors stop by as it is a fantastic location to find the latest headlines, major humanitarian announcements and links to ReliefWeb’s features and content.

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23 Oct 2013
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Topics, search, theme, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, human rights, Mine Action, Disaster Management

Our Topics categories just keep growing! Since the launch of Topics pages in August over 16,000 visitors have searched for humanitarian information by various topics. This week we’ve added Protection & Human Rights, Disaster Management, Mine Action, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding to the list of topic categories available, bringing the total number to fourteen. Like our other Topics pages these categories will also include a list of must read documents chosen by our editorial staff, the latest tweets from specialized organisations, and important videos that we believe will keep you informed in your area of humanitarian expertise.

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23 Sep 2013
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Topics, floods, Droughts, Earthquakes, Storms

A couple of months ago we set up a labs project that created Topics pages for disaster types (e.g. floods, storms, etc). We presented users with a prototype ‘Floods’ page and sought feedback on the content, design, layout and functionality. After receiving a great response from users and taking on board some of your suggestions, we are now integrating these hazard type pages into the ReliefWeb site.

Starting with Floods, Droughts, Earthquakes and Storms, these first versions of the hazard type Topic pages will be most useful to humanitarian responders and researchers looking for analysis of responses to, lessons learned from and preparedness recommendations for humanitarian intervention in particular natural hazard types.

The new hazard type Topics pages will include:

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13 Sep 2013
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: mobile tablet survey

Portable, easy to use and great for email, work, reading, video and social media, tablet devices are fast becoming a humanitarian’s must-have tool. According to our site analytics, approximately 4% of visits to the site are made using tablet devices. We wanted to know more about how our users interact with their tablet devices, so we conducted a survey in August. We also wanted to find out what users may want in a ReliefWeb tablet app in order to stay on top of technology trends and provide humanitarians access to the information they need.

Over 1,500 people completed the survey. We’re thrilled by the responses we received as well as the survey results. So we thought we would share them with you. (If you need a reminder of what the questions, click here)

According to our recent survey, approximately 25% of ReliefWeb users use or own a tablet device

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