Ushahidi Developer Meetup

Following the successful deployment of Ushahidi in Kenya during the constitutional referendum ‘Uchaguzi’, and the community meetups held every month at the ihub, the developer community in Kenya came together at the ihub yesterday. The main reason for coming together was to learn from long time coder Jason Mule, and developer Linda Kamau. Jason explained […]

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SwiftRiver Beta Released

SwiftRiver is an open source intelligence gathering platform for managing realtime streams of data. Today we’re happy to announce the relaunch of SwiftRiver at Swiftly.org and to release of our first app built on the SwiftRiver platform, simply called Sweeper App. SwiftRiver is unique in that there is no singular ‘SwiftRiver’ application. Rather, there are […]

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Mapping the Future of Cities & Education

The following is a guest post from Mark Belinsky of Digital Democracy. What does real-time mapping with New York City public school kids look like? Recently, Digital Democracy was invited to work with 120 young people from all 5 boroughs as part of the Department of Education’s “Future Now” program. Having gone through the NY […]

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FrontlineSMS, MMS and Offline Ushahidi Hooks

FrontlineSMS has long been a part of the Ushahidi ecosystem. When we rebuilt Ushahidi in the summer of 2008 at a free and open source platform, we built hooks into it so that anyone who used FrontlineSMS could easily sync that information to the Ushahidi maps. At that same time, FrontlineSMS open sourced their code, […]

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How to cope with very large volumes of crowdsourced reports? Add more crowd!

[Guest Plot Post: Robert Munro is the Chief Information Officer at Energy for Opportunity and a Graduate Fellow in computational linguistics at Stanford where he specializes in methods for processing large volumes of information in less-resourced languages.] Ushahidi platforms allow people to make order out of chaos. There is a lot of chaos. Especially during […]

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Using Crowdmap for Crisis Mapping

Crowdmap is not just for crisis mapping even though a lot of the media has associated Crowdmap with crisis mapping. Crowdmap can be used to map a wide range of issues, from event-based issues, to resources like schools and market places. In any case, if you do plan to use Crowdmap for crisis mapping, then […]

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Haiti, Noula and the Humanitarian Community

[Cross-posted from Konpa Group Blog, written by Sabina Carlson] I have read a number of the stories written about the Ushahidi Haiti Deployment, some of which said that it served as a lifeline for many Haitians affected by the earthquake of January 12th. And as the rescue phase transitioned into the recovery phase, as disaster […]

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Crowdmap’s One Week Anniversary

One week ago we launched the beta of Crowdmap, our cloud based service making it easy for users to create their own deployments of Ushahidi. On Monday (August 9th), the release was announced simultaneously on our blog and Twitter feed. It didn’t take long for people to notice. We were ready for the masses to […]

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Twitter’s OAuthcalypse and Ushahidi

On August 16, Twitter will be limiting requests using basic authentication for requests to their API and shutting them off entirely on August 31. What does this mean for Ushahidi? Ushahidi uses this method to connect to your Twitter account and download direct messages. If you have your own deployment of Ushahidi and you have […]

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Devastating Floods. One hope in front of every lost hope.

[Crossposted on TED Fellows Blog by Faisal Chohan, senior TED Fellow and Co-Founder | www.BrightSpyre.com & Cogilent Solutions.] I am still a few miles away from one of the worst floods in the history of Pakistan.  Still, I could not figure out the meaning of life and hope after losing your loved family, losing everything […]

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