[HOT] Fw: [info-hotosm] UN's ReliefWeb Releases Humanitarian API

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 17 14:54:18 UTC 2014

Hi everyone

Last week, ReliefWeb announced an API to their large store of humanitarian information.

For example, this query could be utilized to show the latest reports on ReliefWeb mentioning OpenStreetMap on HOT's website.

One thing I'd like to see is an automated listing of maps that make use of OSM data. What that will take is some work on descriptions of maps submitted to ReliefWeb, to include the source data information that currently embedded in pdfs on the site.

* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron

>Good morning! I'm reaching out because I thought you might be interested in a new API that was released today by ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
>Given your involvement in digital humanitarian work, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the API, as it has the potential to impact your work tremendously. ReliefWeb has been the leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters since 1996. This API will open up access to 17 years of disaster data, as well as real-time data collected 24/7 from more than 4,000 sources around the world. Imagine how that information could benefit humanitarians using technology to aid disaster relief efforts.
>You can access the API code through ReliefWeb's developer portal. For more background information regarding the collaboration that went into building this API, check out our press release and/or developer Adam Ross's thoughts on the project.
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