A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
14 Aug 2018
blog By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida Tags: mobile, Survey

We have just rebuilt the mobile version of our website. You may remember that a while back we launched ReliefWeb Lite in a bid to better meet the needs of users in low-bandwidth countries. Our Labs research ultimately proved to us that an enhanced mobile version would be more sustainable and stable.

Our mobile version 2 has combined the speed and simplicity of version 1 with the best features of ReliefWeb Lite:

  • It’s fast, even in areas with low connectivity
  • It allows users to visit pages when they are offline
  • It doesn’t require extra space or a brand new phone
  • It takes up less space than apps
  • It’s more accessible for users with disabilities

The most obvious change from the previous mobile version is the design, which is now sleeker and more responsive.

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09 Jul 2018
blog By Andrew Footner Tags: mobile, labs, API

As another ReliefWeb Labs project - ReliefWeb Lite - is 'decommissioned', this post explains why that can happen, even with successful projects, and the benefits of abandoning prototypes that don't quite fit.

Since 1996, ReliefWeb has seen a lot of changes and for the past six years, Labs has been the place for trying out new ideas. It is also used to inform the humanitarian community about other services, such as the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) and the Events Service.

For any technical changes to ReliefWeb, the priority is to keep the site usable and useful. A large part of usability is performance. For all users, the time it takes for ReliefWeb servers to answer a request is important, but for those on low-bandwidth connections, the size of the response can be decisive.

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09 May 2018
blog By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

Because humanitarian response isn’t only active from 9 to 5, neither is ReliefWeb. We actually monitor crisis situations non-stop. In reply to the question: “How do you make it work?”, here’s the answer to why and how we transitioned to the 24/7 operating model to ensure the timely delivery of crucial information.

Team members strategically located

For many years our editorial work was divvied up between three teams working from UN headquarter locations. Time gaps existed here and there and weekends were not fully covered, except during acute sudden-onset emergencies. A couple of months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, we extended our time coverage and moved on to a consistently seamless workflow, implementing the 24/7 operation model.

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17 Apr 2018
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: Topics, refugees

You ask, ReliefWeb delivers

Since launching our Topics pages in 2013, we have refined and consolidated the section, concentrating on the key issues of the day, such as Fighting Famine in Four Countries, the Humanitarian Crisis in the Kasai region of DRC, and the Refugee/Migrant Emergencies in Europe and South-east Asia. And now, in response to requests from our humanitarian partners, we are pleased to announce the launch of Community Topics.

ReliefWeb Community Topic pages come in two types:

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13 Mar 2018
blog By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida Tags: Statistics

There are stories behind numbers, and we can learn a lot by looking at ReliefWeb analytics trends in 2017. Throughout the year, more than 6,8 million users visited ReliefWeb, an 18.33% increase from 2016. Let’s take a closer look at what and who are behind those figures.

More visibility equals more users

In 2017 we reached out to potential users looking for humanitarian content via new channels. ReliefWeb became available on the latest news aggregators such as Google Play Newsstand and Apple News. Since its launch in late August 2017, Google Newsstand was visited by an average of 9,000 people a month.

Our Product team also worked on making ReliefWeb content more easily discoverable when you search for humanitarian updates on Google or other search engines.

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