Crisis Mapping Sudan: Protest Map of Khartoum

[Cross-posted from Patrick Meier's iRevolution] Unlike the many maps of the #Jan25 protests in neighboring Egypt there is but this one map for the #Jan30 protests taking place in the Sudan and Khartoum in particular. The map was requested by Sudanese colleagues in Khartoum who in their own words wanted a public map for the […]

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SMSsync Upgrade: v1.0.3

A couple months ago we came out with SMSsync, a simple Android app that turns your phone into an SMS gateway. We’ve been testing the app to find and fix bugs, and you’ve had suggestions on how to make it better. Here are the results: Downgraded to Android 1.6 so SMSsync works from 1.6 and […]

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Verifying Data by Adding Context

Can we improve the quality of crowd-sourced data by adding context? We think it’s a good place to start, this infographic explains how the SwiftRiver platform is being constructed to improve the data collection mechanisms in all Ushahidi’s family of products. PDF | Video | High-Res Image

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Ushahidi-Kenya Evaluation: First Steps

[Post written with Jennifer Chan. This post is the first in a series of blog posts documenting a 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation.] During the first two weeks of January, we traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to begin phase one of a 9-month evaluation of […]

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Adopting the GeoDict Open Source Project

It goes without saying that we rely upon location pretty heavily here at Ushahidi. SwiftRiver’s mandate is to help users process and validate data. For Ushahidi users, applying geospatial context to content that doesn’t carry it (like SMS, news articles, blog posts, in some cases Tweets) has proved tedious, with questionable results. For this reason […]

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Looking at 2011: Ushahidi’s Strategic Focus

Ushahidi was born as a group of ad hoc Kenyans who came together to build a tool for crowdsourcing information 3 years ago. The organization was formed a few months later, so both are almost 3 years old. In that time a lot has happened, with 2010 being a pivotal year in both the size […]

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Auto-Detection of Location with Swift

The following post was written by a volunteer developer, Vladimir G. Ermakov a Master’s student at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania. Over the past few months he took on an ambitious project: to contribute code that would allow us to parse news articles and attempt to auto-detect the primary location that is the subject of any […]

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Queensland and the Ushahidi Ecosystem

The work of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the recent floods in Queensland has been nothing short of remarkable. ABC was in the middle of piloting some of our new products internally when a true disaster struck in the form of sever flooding in the north eastern Australian state. In a matter of hours their […]

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Russia: Using The Ushahidi Platform To Reach Rural Areas

[This is a guest blog post by Gregory Asmolov, an intern at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, contributing editor to “Runet Echo” and a Russian language blogger. He and Alexey Sidorenko deployed the Ushahidi platform Russian Fires.ru. This deployment is the second for the Help Map Team] The emergency situation that was caused […]

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