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

Over the past 17 years, more than 5,000 humanitarian organizations have supplied ReliefWeb with 540,000 pieces of humanitarian related information.

So to help you easily find what you’re looking for, from within our vast humanitarian information archive, we've created a new section called ‘organizations’. Now you can choose to find humanitarian information by either updates, countries, disasters, topics or ‘organizations’.

This new section provides you with an at-a-glance look at the content available from a particular humanitarian organization. You can further filter results by the type of organization (eg. NGO, international org, media etc) or by the country/region in which they are located.

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24 Feb 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: data

In October 2013, ReliefWeb and OCHA ran a survey to understand the data needs and perceptions of the humanitarian community. Almost 3,500 people responded, with the majority based in Africa and working for an NGO.

The survey found that ReliefWeb users regularly do analysis with humanitarian data, but the data is hard to find, difficult to compare and not always trustworthy or timely.

To address these challenges, ReliefWeb Labs is launching Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The HDX project aims to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis, making it easier for information actors to carry out their work.

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