A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
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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19 Feb 2014
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: Statistics, 2013
2013 was a busy year for ReliefWeb’s team and servers.
  • We experienced a 25% growth in site usage,
  • Published over 43,000 humanitarian updates including:
    1. Over 39,000 situation reports, analyses, assessments, press releases, manuals, evaluations and appeals
    2. Over 4,000 maps and infographics
  • In March, we reached the amazing milestone of having published over 500,000 humanitarian reports since 1996
  • Covered 115 natural disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan and Wutip.
  • Over 27,000 jobs posted by 2,700 employers
  • Over 2,500 training events posted by 400 organisations

We continued to implement our ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for humanitarian information.

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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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