Building the next generation of information tools for humanitarians
ReliefWeb Labs projects explore new and emerging opportunities to improve information delivery to humanitarians.
The Digital Situation Report aims to simplify OCHA's current portfolio of field reporting products by moving out of static PDFs and consolidating into a single online format. It will be more dynamic, visual and analytical, saving users' time by automating distribution and design.
DataViz is an interactive data visualization platform related to food security. Offering open data on climate, economic and thematic indicators, users can layer datasets to understand food security situations, conduct analyses or identify anomalies. Dataviz was developed by WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Service.
Topline numbers on the world's most pressing humanitarian crises. The dataset is a collection of key figures relevant to the humanitarian community, such as the number of people in need or internally displaced people in each country. It is curated by ReliefWeb's editorial team and updated daily.
Version 2 adds accessibility, an improved, responsive design and Progressive Web App capabilities to the established mobile site while keeping the same quick and lightweight base. These improvements will be fed through to the main ReliefWeb site.
Jobs4Dev is a mobile app powered by ReliefWeb API, available for both iOS and Android. You can search in and filter through ReliefWeb job listings by organisation, location, experience and career category. You can also save jobs or share them with others.
Building queries for the ReliefWeb API can quickly become complex for anything beyond very simple queries and filters. A quick solution is to use the filters and advanced search on the ReliefWeb site to narrow down the content, and then copy and paste the url to the search converter
which will transform it to a GET or POST request that the API will understand.
Since 2007, RedHum (Red de Información Humanitaria para América Latina y el Caribe) has gathered humanitarian information for Central and South American countries in Spanish to offer up-to-date information and help regional decision-making in managing disasters. In 2017, RedHum was rebuilt to use content direct from the ReliefWeb API, streamlining the editorial workflow and the technical requirements.
Rain in the Congo or precipitation in DRC? How do you find what you're looking for, match it with relevant information from other organizations and communicate clearly when everyone's using different words? Sign up to follow and contribute to OCHA's work to link humanitarian data about disasters, organizations and places.
A one-page overview and complete reference to the ReliefWeb API, with inline editable examples and complete lists of all the parameters and fields with explanations. There are many different approaches to API documentation, treading the line between not enough information and too much, so do contact us
if you have questions or suggestions.
Humanitarian ID is a single contact management app for everyone working in humanitarian crises and disasters. It was first deployed during the Nepal earthquake and is now being used in more and more countries. ReliefWeb is now one of the platforms and services that HID lets users log in with single sign-on.
Emalsys is an online platform to help humanitarian organisations manage their emergency rosters. It allows users to visualize in real time available responders, access their profile, location and skill set to deploy them efficiently to the field. Emalsys was developed in partnership with the French Red Cross Emergency Response Units and designed to be used by any organisation. The quick alert launcher is powered by the ReliefWeb API.
The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open platform for sharing data. The goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. Launched in July 2014, HDX has been accessed by users in over 200 countries and territories.
Are you developing innovative online products targeting humanitarians? Then ReliefWeb’s API (application programming interface) could be a great tool for you. Our new API will enable developers to create online applications using ReliefWeb’s content.
Originally introduced in 2013, and refined and improved in 2016, the Topics section categorises reports and other useful information to help keep you up-to-date in your area of humanitarian expertise.
Started testing: June 2017
Decommissioned: May 2019
A dedicated, independent service allowing members of the humanitarian community, verified through Humanitarian ID
, to publish information about upcoming meetings, conferences and trainings. The site was built to be compatible with Humanitarian Response
and any other humanitarian site. It may still be revived, but in the meantime, given its limited usage and ongoing security and maintenance costs, the project has been taken offline.
Started testing: May 2016
Decommissioned: September 2018
RW Apps gave direct access to streamlined information from the site. RW Crises combined key figures with news and reports for countries with ongoing humanitarian situations. RW Jobs and RW Headlines kept users informed of updates relevant to them and available offline and RW Videos was a showcase for the Videos section. The apps were well-received, but didn't register sufficient use or positive feedback to justify the increasing burden of maintaining them.
Started testing: December 2017
Decommissioned: June 2018
This was a prototype to test ideas and deliver them through a new technical framework. As a legacy of this project, we reworked our mobile site m.reliefweb.int
, which is now more accessible, has a new responsive design (performing well on low-bandwidth connections even on wide screens), looks and feels more similar to other OCHA sites, works as a Progressive Web App and stores viewed reports so they're still readable offline.
ReliefWeb Mobile v1
Started testing: January 2013
Decommissioned: June 2018
ReliefWeb Data Snapshots
Started testing: October 2016
Decommissioned: March 2018
Matching data from the ReliefWeb API with visitor information from Google Analytics, this stand-alone site took over from Content Trends. It was useful to give an overview of content popularity and to compare content with different criteria. But as with ReliefWeb Lite, the site required constant maintenance and the Reliefweb team discontinued it. The figures can still be accessed through the API and Google Analytics, although some manual processing is needed. See the related blog post
for more information.
Started testing: January 2015
Decommissioned: December 2017
To keep track of humanitarian information conveyed by video, ReliefWeb experimented with a dedicated section. As an experimental feature, it was not strongly marketed, but country, disaster and organization playlists were prominently displayed, and there was a dedicated videos app. As videos are expensive to make and most humanitarian videos were not very popular on ReliefWeb, there was little return on the editorial effort to curate them. The playlists still exist
but are not being updated (except for those shown on Redhum
). Do contact us
if you'd like more information.
Started testing: April 2014
Decommissioned: October 2017
A prototype combining ReliefWeb content, through the API, with data from other sources such as Twitter and UNDP's Human Development Index. The code was open-sourced, so that developers could improve and extend its capabilities. It was an interesting pilot for mixing content from different sources through their APIs. As the user base was low, though, we didn't make this a priority and the codebase became outdated.
Started testing: January 2015
Decommissioned: August 2017
An interactive way of analyzing ReliefWeb’s extensive humanitarian information database from the beginning. Content Trends displayed 'meta' information about the content on ReliefWeb - how many reports were displayed each year, for example, for which themes and broken down by organization. This was decommissioned in favor of RW Data Snapshots.
Interactive Timeline Map
Started testing: May 2014
Decommissioned: August 2017
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