From the Rubble: Emotions of a Haiti Volunteer

Kate Perino is a Sophomore at Tufts University majoring in English. She originates from Maryland. During winter break, I happened upon a news site mentioning the Fletcher school. The article was about a group of Tufts grad students who got together with their laptops in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and began sifting through […]

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Building Bridges: Ushahidi as a tool for the Haitian Community

Sabina Carleson is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Community Health. She has worked in Southern Sudan and three years ago co-founded RESPE, a community-led research and development project in rural northern Haiti under the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL). Some 4 years ago, I began an oral history project chronicling the Haitian Diaspora […]

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Haiti: Where We Are & Where We Go From Here

When I called David Kobia to launch the Ushahidi platform two hours after the earthquake, our priority was to map all relevant reports in near real-time and to do so around the clock. This meant monitoring Tweets, Facebook groups, list serves, emails, online news media, blogs, radio and television programs, and now incoming SMS. That’s […]

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We Are The Volunteers of Mission 4636

Francesca Garrett is a Psychology student in New Haven, CT. When she isn’t translating SMS messages (or in the chat room as AnyaPetrova), she writes for Mission 4636, and serves as Resource Coordinator for the Translation Team and Fletcher School Situation Room. She can be reached at francesca.garrett@gmail.com Valérie-Ann Nathalie Michel was a vibrant 34 […]

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Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

The purpose of Swift River is to validate crowdsourced information in near real-time. In the past few weeks, Ushahidi has received nearly one hundred thousand reports of incident related to Haiti. The majority of these coming from Twitter. Because crowdsourced information often has varying degrees of accuracy, an application is needed to validate this information […]

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From The Fletcher School Situation Room: “Is it Life or Death?”

The Fletcher School Situation Room has played a pivotal role in supporting Ushahidi’s deployment in Haiti. Denise Roz Sewell, one of Fletcher’s core volunteers, has been on the front lines of the disaster response. Roz is a Pickering Fellow and was a Fulbright scholar in Morocco prior to joining Fletcher. She shares a startling experience […]

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Coordinating Software Developer Volunteers

One of the things we know about software developers contributing to open source projects is that they don’t have a lot of time. Everyone has their day jobs, their personal projects, their families…in other words life. We like to support a relaxed, but structured atmosphere where there’s things that need to get done but no […]

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Volunteers Power the Open Crowdsourcing Movement

A lot is going on behind the scenes for us here at Ushahidi, and though many people think it’s mostly the Ushahidi “core team” doing this work, what success we have had so far can be directly attributed to the quality and number of volunteers involved. This is mappers, translators, programmers, media monitoring, trainers and […]

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The Nuts and Bolts Behind 4636 in Haiti

The 4636 emergency shortcode has been setup to run on the Digicel and the Comcel networks in Haiti. It has been running for six days now, with a great deal of usage taking a large amount of communication by the volunteers around the project. Rob Munro is one of the key figures in this process. […]

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Help Connect Haitian Diaspora to PersonFinder

Where are Haitians in the diaspora going for information? How can we connect to them in both digital and non-digital ways to ensure that everyone knows about the Missing Persons Index? We want to make sure all Haitians outside Haiti know that they can look for lost friends/family on PersonFinder and report incidents on 4636/Ushahidi. […]

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