Humanitarianresponse Logo’s push and pull

When asked, many people tend to think of a as a stand-alone website aimed at in-country operational responders. But, since we released our Application Programme Interface (see Machines love to talk too), we have been busy increasing our integrations with a variety of other websites and tools.

We are showing contact information from Humanitarian ID, reports, jobs and trainings from ReliefWeb, funding information from the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), interactive visualizations and (soon) datasets from Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). And, these items are just content visible to the regular user. We are also synchronizing glide numbers (unique IDs for a crisis) with ReliefWeb as well as appeal numbers and organizations names with FTS so that content can be more easily brought together.

ReliefWeb actively pulls documents, assessments and maps from And, Humanitarian ID decided to use many of our standard lists to power their system - countries, disaster names, groups (e.g. clusters), organizations, coordination hubs, geographical locations, and job titles. They needed such lists from a reliable, field-oriented source and we fit the requirements.

Okay, but that is a lot of text and lists. What does it look like? When we asked Ignacio G. Rebollo to represent all these connections and integrations, his first response was “it seems like is starting to act like a centralized hub”. From there, our discussions eventually lead to the below graphic that shows the different taxonomies (lists) and content that we either pull or push.

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Over the coming months, we plan to continue working on more integrations. For example, we will be working with the Virtual OSOCC team for sudden onset emergency details, the HDX team for datasets and locations, and UNCHR’s data portal for connecting their assessment registry with our Global Assessment Registry.

Do you have ideas or suggestion? Why not drop us an email at and we will be happy to work with you.

Pushed and pulled.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Created date

02 Sep 2015