A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
Blog posts filtered by the category: labs
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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26 Dec 2017
blog By Amy Benson Tags: mobile, labs

Mobile usage continues to grow across the world and browsers are introducing new features that enable web developers to introduce app-like features on their website. ReliefWeb has been no exception - the usage of mobile devices to access our content has been steadily growing, now averaging 30% of all usage. In addition to native mobile apps we have introduced last year, we thought now was a good time to experiment with how ReliefWeb could take advantage of this latest technology trend to offer greater user experience on 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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