Since 1996, more than 54,000 maps and infographics have been posted on our site and through our mobile apps as static images and PDF files. Our information partners are, however, increasingly taking advantage of interactive visualization tools to more effectively communicate their analysis, overlaying data and narratives on time scales, geographical layers, and so on. From water sources in Somalia to the agricultural livelihood impact on communities following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes, these products do more than enable users to take a deep dive into granular statistics and real-time data: they provide a visually compelling view into specific issues.Read more
Producing rapidly changing and complex information is challenging at the best of times. Combine this with a sudden onset emergency, time constraints, a myriad of stakeholders with different information needs, and ensuring that information is in an easy-to-understand format, the task becomes even more difficult.
So, in order to address some of these challenges, OCHA’s Visual Information Unit (VIU), with technical support of ReliefWeb, has further developed the interactive map Beta released in December 2012, to now also include humanitarian information, situation timelines and improved maps.
This pilot version of the interactive timeline map has used data collected during Typhoon Haiyan to simulate how multiple humanitarian data and information could be visually displayed in one place.Read more
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”.Read more
One of the most popular products we carry is the OCHA humanitarian snapshot - a full-page map focusing on several themes that combine geo-referenced information, graphics and textual summaries of an emergency. We take care in turning reliable data from UN agencies, governments and other humanitarian actors into visual insights. If you've worked in an emergency, you've probably come across snapshots passed around in meetings or referenced in reports.
Over the years we've received great feedback for the humanitarian snapshots. Among them, we heard people saying "Wouldn't it be nice if the maps were interactive, and we could download the data?"Read more