World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2015

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their causes and drivers, and participation in crisis prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the trend analysis shows how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective in a rapidly changing world. Data used in the report comes from a variety of sourcess. Highlights for 2015 include case studies on long-term trend analysis of the humanitarian context in terms of conflicts and natural disasters, the humanitarian footprint in the Middle East, coordination of online volunteers during the Ebola response and the anatomy of cycles of displacement.



Social media and humanitarian disasters: Typhoon Ruby

During humanitarian crises, social media users around the world post messages, photos and videos to various social media sites. The use of social media as a means for communication and a place to gather data remains an experimental field for humanitarian organizations. However, mainstream media have embraced the phenomenon and routinely feature user-generated content in articles and broadcasts. Given the large volume, velocity and variety of information contained in social media sites, capturing relevant data requires a significant amount of processing. Technologies for processing and aggregating those messages through a mixture of computing algorithms and human annotations have continued to mature in recent years.


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