A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
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19 Dec 2016
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: API, filter, Statistics, data, jobs, labs, training, mobile, Trends

ReliefWeb received, on average, about 1.3 million visits a month in 2016. Our users visit the site to search for the latest crisis information, job announcements and opportunities to brush up their skills and knowledge. They access the site from the field and headquarters, using various devices.

As an operator of a major humanitarian information platform, we have been improving our Google Analytics data gathering in order to improve our services based on user behaviors. The continuous improvements to our API in the past years have made it easier to analyze what’s in our content repository with information dating back to 1996, which we made available to users via Content Trends alpha in 2014.

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30 Jun 2016
blog By Birat Lekhak Tags: mobile, labs

Mobile visitors to ReliefWeb have increased significantly in the last few years. In 2015, mobile visitors to our site increased by an overwhelming 71%, of which over 90% were new visitors. The biggest increase in mobile users came from countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Uganda

To meet this growing demand and make information more accessible on the go and in the field locations, ReliefWeb is currently developing a mobile strategy. The first step involves developing four mobile app prototypes to be launched on iOS and Android later this year: RW Jobs, RW Videos, RW Headlines, and RW Crisis.

RW Jobs - Find your ideal humanitarian job on-the-go. Save your favorite job openings and get notified on the latest jobs based on your search criteria.

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28 Jun 2016
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: API, labs, data

Do you want to use real-time ReliefWeb content and data directly in your app or page? We are happy to announce the public release of a new version of the API documentation.

The first version (version 0) of the API was launched in 2014. After some years of increasing use, it evolved to the actual version and now, it is receiving more than half a million requests per day.

With this new update to the API documentation, we hope that now more than ever developers have the tools they need to get the best of the existing humanitarian content and data. We’ll continue to add more features as time goes on and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

In this release, there is also a new parameter “appname” in all the request. In order to provide a better service, please, use this parameter with the name of your organization and application.

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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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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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