By Fanny Langella
Geneva, 16 November, 2017 - PreventionWeb, the global knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction (DRR), celebrates today its 10th anniversary. Launched in 2007 to support the work of DRR professionals, the site is managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Staying true to its original concept, PreventionWeb remains first and foremost a collaborative platform, with content for and from the global DRR community. “PreventionWeb is my one stop shop for all the recent Disaster Risk Reduction publications”, wrote Thomas Seltsam from Austrian Red Cross, in a recent user consultation. Updated daily, the knowledge base features content from over 8,000 organizations working towards reducing disaster risk and building disaster resilience at the local, national and regional levels.
With an average of 90,000 monthly visits and close to 10,000 subscribers, materials published on PreventionWeb reach a wide community of DRR, humanitarian and development professionals. “PreventionWeb helps giving visibility to our own products: Got something new? Publish it on PreventionWeb first!” advises Lorenzo Guadagno from the International Organization for Migration.
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, PreventionWeb is also launching some exciting new features.
Community members can now create and share content collections, highlighting important resources on a topic of interest. Users can select and tag relevant content such as news, publications, blog posts and bring them together on a collection page, which they can share with their network. The feature can be used to highlight emerging issues or to put together a package of resources in support of a training or event.
In an effort to promote DRR knowledge to new audiences and platforms, PreventionWeb offers free access to its knowledge base, through a public API. The technology allows organizations to use, publish and contextualise PreventionWeb’s content, alongside their own data. The data can be filtered by theme, hazard, region or country and repurposed in a database, website or mobile app.
Subscribe to PreventionWeb daily or weekly alerts to keep up to date on everything DRR. Contact [email protected] to explore collaboration opportunities and share your suggestions on the future of the platform.