Since its launch in 2012, HumanitarianResponse.info (HR.info) has helped transform a fragmented array of individual operational websites into a single, common platform, and has become a stable presence in the humanitarian arena. Starting with the Mali site in June 2012, today there are over 30 country sites and HR.info is regularly activated in new sudden-onset emergencies.
We are pleased to announce the integration of HR.info and the Humanitarian Data Exchange.
Data managers and data collection organizations are now able to upload their datasets to HDX directly, and have them appear automatically on HumanitarianResponse.info. This means it’s now faster to get your data in front of a wider audience.
When asked, many people tend to think of a HumanitarianResponse.info 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.
To help people responding to the Nepal earthquake share information, we have launched the HumanitarianResponse.info operational website for the Nepal Earthquake. You can find contact information for other responders, see information on humanitarian meetings and search for documents, maps and data. We have also added clusters to the website so cluster focal points can upload information products and manage their own content.
With the migration from version one to version two wrapping up in January, the HumanitarainResponse.info team is now able to focus much more attention on introducing new features and functionality. In that regard, the first quarter has been an exciting one for us. We have started working on the requests most frequently demanded from the field and the results are starting to appear. Today we are sharing some of these new features.
Improved Calendar design including a printable PDF version
Shortly after the Login integration on HumanitarianResponse.info, the HID team travelled to the Philippines to test their application and to gather firsthand feedback from the humanitarian community. Leading up to the pilot, the HumanitarianResponse.info team knew that integrating the Humanitarian ID Philippines contact list would be very important for the community as well as avoid both duplication and confusion (as we also provide contact list features).
Today we are excited to launch the “application programming interface” (API) for the Humanitarianresponse.info platform. Using these APIs, developers can pull HR.info’s operational data and website taxonomy to build tools to support humanitarian operations and extend the functionality of the platform.
The APIs are in the beta state but stable enough for developers to build their applications on. The advance parameters provided with the API will help users filter specific data they need from the Humanitarianresponse.info platform.
As the HumanitarianResponse.info team began to work on developing our own Application Programming Interface (API) to allow others to access and interact with our content in custom ways, we knew that we needed to apply as many standards as possible. We had already started using standards like Glide Numbers, the Financial Tracking Service appeal names & numbers, and global cluster names. However, we found a gap - standard global cluster codes that we needed.