Feature Overview: Themes

Whenever setting up an Ushahidi installation, it’s often necessary to change the general appearance of the site to fit within an certain brand or color scheme. In our first iteration of Ushahidi, we saw several groups do just that: With the addition of themes in version 1.0, we’ve made customizing the look and feel a […]

Read more...


Three Common Misconceptions About Ushahidi

Here are three interesting misconceptions about Ushahidi and crowdsourcing in general: Ushahidi takes the lead in deploying the Ushahidi platform Crowdsourced information is statistically representative Crowdsourced information cannot be validated Lets start with the first. We do not take the lead in deploying Ushahidi platforms. In fact, we often learn about new deployments second-hand via […]

Read more...


Jon Gosier joins the Swift River Initiative

Since earlier this year we’ve been working on Swift River, our attempt to use both machine algorithms and crowdsourcing to verify incoming streams of information. You can read more about the initiative and why it’s important, and you can take a look at a video where we were planning out what exactly it would do, […]

Read more...


Releasing Ushahidi 1.0: “Mogadishu”

Every iteration of the Ushahidi engine gets better, and it seems with every big release target we’re even more excited with what this platform can do. Today, we’re excited to announce our “Mogadishu” release of the software with the following major features (Download it here): New CSS based design that is easier to skin! 5 […]

Read more...


Talking Strategy: Mobile & Web

Mobile Phones Jessica Colaco is here talking to us about having a mobile strategy. She runs the Mobile Bootcamps here at Strathmore University every year, she’s a TED Fellow and a part of the Ushahidi dev community. Jessica’s here to talk about communicating and strategies around that for groups and organizations that haven’t really thought […]

Read more...


Demos of the Ushahidi Mobile Apps

All of the Ushahidi mobile apps run utilizing the Ushahidi API. They work as a mobile client, where you can access a specific web-based instance of Ushahidi (ex: http://hatari.co.ke or http://drc.ushahidi.com). The basic functionality allowed is for you to see new reports that others have reported, upload incidents with pictures/links/location and it allows you to […]

Read more...


Ushahidi Usergroup Meeting: Hatari

Ken Kasina, of Ushahidi, is talking about a new instance of Ushahidi that has gone up in Nairobi just this last week called Hatari (meaning “danger” in Swahili). The site was set up for anyone in Nairobi to submit reports on crime and corruption in the city. HOW TO REPORT 1. By sending a message […]

Read more...


Ushahidi Meeting: KANCO

KANCO The first group to present their work is KANCO, the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, presented by Jamie Lundine. It’s a project where 3 of us, Ushahidi, AIDSPortal and KANCO are working together to track spending and effectiveness of projects at the community level. The mapping project portion of this is to develop local capacity […]

Read more...


Ushahidi Usergroup Meeting: Nairobi

Ushahidi Meetup 09 A from Ushahidi on Vimeo. Today is a big day for a number of reasons, one of those reasons is that we’re putting on our first big Ushahidi Usergroup Meeting in Nairobi at Strathmore University (we’re tagging it #UshMeet). It’s a full day of sessions, roundtables and talks by the users of […]

Read more...


Visualizing Crowdsourced Data in New and Innovative Ways

Crisis Mapping Visualization is a key component of Crisis Mapping, which explains why we’re busy developing new and innovative ways to visualize crisis data dynamically. When we first launched Ushahidi in 2008, we didn’t have the resources to go beyond the static visualization of crowdsourced data. In 2009, we added our first dynamic visualization feature, […]

Read more...