Liberia: Building Trust in Tools

Some information in this post has been updated. Occasionally, in partnership with others, Ushahidi takes on projects that help test certain applications of the platform in order to improve the tool. Ushahidi will also take on projects on a consultancy basis from time to time; in the unique instance of Liberia, I will be acting […]

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VoteReportPH Ushahidi Implementation

[Guest blog post: Ankit Sharma is a Masters student at the Information Systems and Innovation Group at the London School of Economics. He is currently interning with Ushahidi. His interests include studying the role of information and communication technologies in aggregating crisis information and managing crisis response.] The blog post is about the deployment of […]

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On the Ushahidi Plugin System

One of the features we’re really excited about for the Ushahidi Platform 2.0 release is the plugin system. What exactly is a plugin system anyway? Well, let’s just use an analogy to answer that question. Let’s pretend that the Ushahidi Platform is a house and adding any new stuff to that house would require electricity. […]

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Read This If You Don’t Know What Ushahidi Is

Ushahidi is the name of both the organization (Ushahidi Inc) and the software. This sometimes leads to confusion. So lets elaborate on both. Ushahidi Inc. is a non-profit tech company. We’ve always been a non-profit tech company. We are not a humanitarian, human rights, media or development organization. Please see our “About” page. The word […]

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Ushahidi Wins the BoBs!

Ushahidi has won the Weblog of the Year award from Deutsche Welle. I’m at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany where I spent yesterday taking part in the BoB’s (Best of Blogs) 6th award ceremony. I’ll say here what I said there yesterday. Ushahidi’s blog is an extension of the community. Many of the […]

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Measuring Success in Ushahidi Deployments

How do we know when an Ushahidi deployment is successful? The answer to this question is no different than with any other project. If a given project has achieved the organization’s (or person’s) clearly stated goal and objectives, then the project is considered successful. If an organization does not specify a goal and set of […]

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SwiftRiver 101 Recap

Yesterday we held our very first SwiftRiver 101 which saw an audience of between fifty and sixty people descende upon the iHub to find out the basics of the SwiftRiver platform, as well as technical details like installation, core code and information about Swift APIs and the plugin framework. This included representatives from Google, Datadyne, […]

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Ushahidi 101: Calling All Developers

Following the recent Swift River ‘crash course’ at the iHub, we are planning a similar event for developers interested in getting involved in contributing to Ushahidi. This is the second Ushahidi 101 session the first having primarily focused on Ushahidi from a deployment point of view, this one will focus more on developing the application […]

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SwiftRiver in Plain English

This week, on Wednesday 16th, we’ll be hosting an in-depth overview of the SwiftRiver software and SwiftRiver Web Services platforms in Nairobi, Kenya. You can register to attend that event (or the live stream) here. Myself, along with Technical Architect and Lead Developer Matthew Griffiths are really looking forward to displaying some of the technical […]

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