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Making it easier for training providers to reach ReliefWeb users

By Yuan-Kwan Chan

ReliefWeb’s Training section has been gaining popularity. Last year, the section advertised about 3,000 training opportunities by more than 570 organizations, catering to the needs of humanitarian professionals - a 16.5 per cent rise in the number of advertisements compared to the previous year and a threefold increase since 2009.

These days, training opportunities for humanitarians are offered in...

User survey results - helping to improve ReliefWeb

By Shuichi Odaka

In October 2014, we undertook a comprehensive user survey designed to help us get a better understanding of why and how you use ReliefWeb as well as what you do with the information you find. We also wanted to find out what kind of humanitarian information you need for your daily work, and what services you may want from ReliefWeb going forward. By learning more about you and your humanitarian...

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Making it easier for you to stay on top of humanitarian developments

By Andrew Kobylinski

It’s April 2015, and so far this year ReliefWeb has already uploaded more than 15,000 updates and covered fourteen natural disasters. We’re updating ReliefWeb daily with new reports and maps. Our goal is to keep the global humanitarian community informed about the latest developments on crises and disasters.

One of the best ways for users to stay current of the latest humanitarian updates is via...

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2014 - Another record year for ReliefWeb

By Andrew Kobylinski

2014 was another record year for ReliefWeb, with over 4.96 million users accessing ReliefWeb more than 12 million times.

We added more than 54,000 reports and maps to ReliefWeb and covered all the year’s major crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

We also we introduced some great new initiatives that were designed to help you more...

ReliefWeb now aggregates and curates humanitarian videos

By Andrew Kobylinski

** UPDATE Please note the Videos section is not updated anymore. More about our decommissioned projects here

Video reporting has increasingly become an effective way for humanitarian organizations to communicate the work they undertake. However, with millions of videos online finding quality humanitarian videos can be challenging. So to give you easy access to humanitarian videos, we’re trialling...

Do you need country maps for your next humanitarian report, website or presentation?

By Andrew Kobylinski

To help humanitarians produce informative and well-designed information products, ReliefWeb and the Visual Information Unit (VIU) of the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have collaborated to make available more than 200 updated country and territory location maps.

Since first publishing the location maps, OCHA has made a series of improvements. The maps are now available in PNG, PDF and...

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Find what you’re looking for with ReliefWeb’s new filters and advanced search

By Andrew Kobylinski

As you've probably noticed, we've just made some changes to ReliefWeb’s design and usability. These changes are designed to help you more easily navigate through ReliefWeb and are based on the feedback you provided in our recent user survey.

For many years, users have been telling us that they love the filters. However, you've also been telling us that their usability and functionality could be...

Help the humanitarian community by taking the ReliefWeb user survey

By Andrew Kobylinski

At ReliefWeb, your feedback, ideas and suggestions are very important to us. They are what have helped ReliefWeb become such an important tool for the humanitarian community. We’re always exploring new ways to deliver humanitarian information, but we can’t do it without your input.

To ensure that ReliefWeb best meets the information needs of humanitarians, we’ve decided to undertake some research...

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API update: Two new features to make humanitarian tools more useful

By Andrew Kobylinski

Earlier this year we officially launched the ReliefWeb API (v.1.0). The API allows web developers and tech-savvy humanitarians access to over 17 years’ worth of carefully selected and curated humanitarian content stored in the ReliefWeb database.

For all our non-technical humanitarian users, API is short for “application programming interface”, and it enables websites, software, and apps to talk...

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World Humanitarian Day 2014

By Andrew Kobylinski

Every year on 19 August, the global humanitarian community commemorates World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to recognize all humanitarian aid workers who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It also commemorates all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.

On 19 August 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN office in Baghdad.

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Stay “alert” with ReliefWeb’s enhanced disaster monitoring system

By Andrew Kobylinski

Hundreds of natural disasters occur each year. According to UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Data and Trends, natural disasters affected more than 124.5 million people worldwide in 2012. Having access to timely and relevant information is key for humanitarians to be prepared and effective in response.

At ReliefWeb, we aim to provide timely disaster information that is useful and relevant to the...

Get national disaster management information straight from the source

By Andrew Kobylinski

Last year, we posted a blog discussing the editorial process behind ReliefWeb’s natural disaster coverage. The blog outlined how our editors monitor and gather information from a variety of reliable sources in order to provide you with timely and comprehensive disaster updates.

One of our key sources of disaster information are National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA). During our daily...

Transforming humanitarian data into knowledge: Introducing the ReliefWeb API

By Andrew Kobylinski

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...

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What have humanitarians been reporting on over the past decade?

By Andrew Kobylinski

** UPDATE Please note the ReliefWeb Content Trends is not available anymore. More about our decommissioned projects here

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...

Find humanitarian information by organization

By Andrew Kobylinski

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,...

ReliefWeb Labs Launches Humanitarian Data Exchange

By Andrew Kobylinski

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...

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11.85 million visits - a record year for ReliefWeb

By Andrew Kobylinski

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: Over 39,000 situation reports, analyses, assessments, press releases, manuals, evaluations and appeals Over 4,000 maps and infographics In March, we reached the amazing milestone of having published over 500,000 humanitarian reports since 1996...

ReliefWeb 2014 - A snippet of what’s to come

By Andrew Kobylinski

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...

Reach the wider humanitarian community through ReliefWeb’s homepage

By Viola Voss

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...

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Protection & Human Rights, Disaster Management, Mine Action, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding now added to the growing list of Topics pages

By ReliefWeb

** PLEASE NOTE some of these topic pages are not maintained anymore. See recent topic pages

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...