Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network that aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe. It’s an almost daily visit for me to catch up on global crises, and according to its site, attracts over 3 million users a year.
Complementing initiatives such as Crisis in Darfur, though expanding it to a global scale, AlertNet has launched an interactive global map with information on conflict, food security, sudden disasters and health crises. Though yet in beta, this is yet another example of technology helping non-experts visualise multiple & complex datasets on the state of the world today.
Based on Microsoft’s Virtual Earth, zooming in on a region or country brings up alongside the map related information in the form of news stories and analysis from Reuters and other sources such as Human Rights Watch.