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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...

Are you looking for flood, drought, earthquake or storm information?

By Andrew Kobylinski

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

A couple of months ago we set up a labs project that created Topics pages for disaster types (e.g. floods, storms, etc). We presented users with a prototype ‘Floods’ page and sought feedback on the content, design, layout and functionality. After receiving a great response from users and taking on board some of your...

Tablet survey results

By Andrew Kobylinski

Portable, easy to use and great for email, work, reading, video and social media, tablet devices are fast becoming a humanitarian’s must-have tool. According to our site analytics, approximately 4% of visits to the site are made using tablet devices. We wanted to know more about how our users interact with their tablet devices, so we conducted a survey in August. We also wanted to find out what...

World Humanitarian Day

By Andrew Kobylinski

“Every year on August 19th we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We commemorate their sacrifice and reaffirm our commitment to the lifesaving work that humanitarians carry out around the world every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, where others cannot or do not want to go.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today is...

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From idea to ‘Topic’

By Andrew Kobylinski

After many hours of development, programming, reviewing content, tagging information, seeking feedback and creating exciting new functionality, we are proud to graduate our Topics pages from concept to a full-fledged feature of ReliefWeb. Now users are able to search for humanitarian information by either latest update, countries, disasters or topics.

You can easily find the topics pages by using...

Topics pages evolve to include disaster types

By Andrew Kobylinski

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

Last month we launched the beta version of our new topics pages as mentioned in our previous blog post. We've had a great response from the Reliefweb user community and are pleased to learn that the content service based around thematic topics is both useful and relevant to your information needs. We would like to...

Find humanitarian information by Country, Disaster… and now by ‘Topic’

By Andrew Kobylinski

Staying up to date in your area of humanitarian expertise is always important, so we have decided to introduce a content service called “Topics” to help you achieve this. ReliefWeb’s current design allows you to easily find information either by the latest updates, country or disaster. Now our new section ‘Topics’ will further help you find what you are looking for by focusing your search on...

Looking for jobs/training by country or region is now easier!

By Andrew Kobylinski

Have you wanted to search ReliefWeb's jobs and training sections by region? Or look for jobs and training in only a few select countries? Well our latest improvement to the search filters now allows you to do this.

We’ve created new country and region filters that are designed to help you find jobs and training in specific locations. Using these filters will make your search faster and easier,...

Do you need access to ReliefWeb on your smartphone?

By Andrew Kobylinski

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...

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Get more out of ReliefWeb Jobs: Tips for advertisers

By Federica Gabellini

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...

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ReliefWeb hits half a million mark

By Adrian Ciancio

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...

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Introducing ReliefWeb Mobile

By Shuichi Odaka

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...

The Year of the Hub: Introducing the ReliefWeb roadmap

By Viola Voss

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...

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The perks of logging in

By Viola Voss

Anyone can use ReliefWeb, and most features on our site are accessible without signing up for an account. But did you know that if you have an account and log in, you can get new content delivered via email and save your favorite reports, maps, jobs and training events?

Only when you log in can you see an option at the bottom of the filters on country and disaster pages that allows you to...

"Creating" disasters

By Viola Voss

The ReliefWeb editorial team discusses “creating" disasters on a daily basis. While we don’t literally create hurricanes, floods or earthquakes, we do create a separate page on ReliefWeb that provides easy access to all the relevant information under one disaster heading. A recent example is flooding in Mozambique:

This disaster page offers:

an overview of events, continuously updated as new...

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Search box + filters = Speed

By Shuichi Odaka

We post a lot of content and frankly, we don’t expect everyone to read everything. This is why we put a lot of effort into making our search engine better. By clicking on the filters and typing search terms into the search box, you can easily narrow down on the items that really matter to you.

We’re happy that many of you have discovered the power of filters and search, as we now see that more...