A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
06 May 2013
blog By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer Tags: mobile

It’s official, ReliefWeb Mobile is ready to go. After months of conceptualising, developing and testing, ReliefWeb Mobile is our first “Labs” project to graduate into a ready-to-use mobile platform. After asking you, the users, what you need from ReliefWeb, we prioritised and delivered the mobile site.

Feedback from our surveys indicated that users need an easy way to read updates on mobile phones, as well as ways to access information when on slow internet connections, for example, when in the field.

ReliefWeb Mobile uses approximately 25% of the bandwidth when compared with the full site, making it easier to browse on most networks. To achieve these faster browsing speeds and low downloads we had to remove images, maps, filters and other data-rich items from the platform; however, the core information content remains.

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03 Apr 2013
blog By Federica Gabellini, Information Assistant Tags: jobs

An updated version of this blog can be found on this link.

Got humanitarian jobs to advertise? Great, this article is for you. ReliefWeb's immensely popular Jobs page makes it an ideal place your advertisements targeting humanitarian professionals. With 1,200 organizations posting 20,000 job announcements a year, you'll want to make sure that your announcements are seen by the right people, and that they are complete and accurate. So here are some tips that will help you create a perfect job announcement.

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26 Mar 2013
blog By Adrian Ciancio, Editor

On 13 March 2013, we published the 500,000th report on ReliefWeb. The honour went to a report titled “EU action on nutrition in development cooperation”. Yes, half a million in 16 years. While the number sounds impressive, what is more impressive is how far the humanitarian community has come since the birth of ReliefWeb in 1996.

Looking Back

The landscape of humanitarian information exchange was rather bleak back in the 1990s. Then the international community had a rude awakening at the time of the Great Lakes crisis and subsequently came to the consensus that information must be shared, not withheld, for the humanitarian community to be effective. Thus ReliefWeb was created in 1996 as an online platform to provide humanitarian information services.

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20 Mar 2013
blog By Shuichi Odaka, Programme Officer Tags: mobile, API, labs

Suppose you are at a bus stop and have two minutes of idle time. You pull out your phone, go to ReliefWeb and find out what's happening in the humanitarian world (OK, maybe after you've checked your timeline on Facebook or Twitter). This scenario - two minutes at a bus stop - is what we had in mind when building ReliefWeb Mobile.

As noted on ReliefWeb Labs, we've been working quietly on a version of ReliefWeb (https://reliefweb.int) for mobile phones. We want it to give you an at-a-glance view of the humanitarian world, be simple to use, and run fast over mobile connections, but without compromising your ability to reach into the depths of ReliefWeb's rich content.

We've been running the mobile site with a small group of testers and we think it's ready to be rolled out to a wider audience. To get started, go right over to m.rwlabs.org.

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21 Feb 2013
blog By Mark Dalton, Coordinator

It may be the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Horoscope, but for the team at ReliefWeb this was always going to be the “Year of the Hub”. This is the year that we take ReliefWeb from its current state and develop it into a one-stop-shop – or Hub – for humanitarian information.

Our aim remains the same – to provide those engaged in humanitarian work with quick access to relevant and reliable information, so that they can keep up-to-date on situations and take more informed decisions. The approach is two-fold – first, we will build out the ReliefWeb service to offer a portfolio of useful products and services (see our roadmap below). Second, we will make ReliefWeb interoperable with essential information services (see our Labs projects), to include a tighter integration with Humanitarian Response, the new field information service developed by OCHA.

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