The Longtail of the Deployment

This is a quick infographic I made while thinking about a phenomenon that often occurs around Ushahidi deployments. You can sort of think of this as a ‘spectrum of interest’ over the life of a disaster or crisis event. I’ve mulled this over for a while, but the idea for the graphic came on a […]

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Syria Tracker: Crowdsourcing Crisis Information

[Guest blog post by Syria Tracker] Syria Tracker is a crowdsourced effort developed by individuals concerned about the harm inflicted upon civilians in Syria. Reporters are reporting crimes in Syria either via direct web entry, by sending reports via email to syriatracker@gmail.com, or by tagging their tweets with #basharcrimes. Additionally, recently we’ve adopted Speak2Tweet service; […]

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QR Codes and the Ushahidi Platform

I was recently invited to speak at this year’s Com.Geo conference, to participate as part of panel titled “Expanding GeoWeb to an Internet of Things”. As the name describes, it was about using the internet of things concept in real-world scenarios to augment user experience. This is a cross-post from http://gosdot.com. QR Codes, also known […]

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iLab Liberia’s must-haves

Setting up a technology center requires more than computers, connectivity, and enthusiasm.  This is worth saying out loud because we at Ushahidi Liberia underestimated just how much more was needed to get iLab Liberia up and running. Here are a few of the must-haves we discovered in setting up this tech lab – we’d love […]

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Analyzing U-Shahid’s Election Monitoring Reports from Egypt

[Cross-posted from Patrick Meier's blog iRevolution] I’m excited to be nearing the completion of my dissertation research. As regular iRevolution readers will know, the second part of my dissertation is a qualitative and comparative analysis of the use of the Ushahidi platform in both Egypt and the Sudan. As part of this research, I am […]

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Hunting Dinosaurs with the Crowd

[Cross-posted from Frank Ostermann's blog GeoSocialite] Dinosaurs? “Did you see Aldo, Ugo, Luca, Maria or Anna? If so, then send us a text message, reporting which dinosaur you saw, and where. If you spot all five of them, you’ll win a small reward. ” – That was the teaser line with which we tried to […]

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Radical Collaboration

A few weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa, I gave a talk about distributed collaboration (crowdsourcing) and social currency. The general idea is that very little of what makes such collaboration work has to do with technology. People have made all sorts of remarks over the years about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the […]

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Voix des Kivus: A Crowd-Seeding System in DRC

[Guest blog post by Peter van der Windt, PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University focusing on Africa. Peter has been directly involved in Voix des Kivus from the start in 2009 when he presented the project (see video) at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM 2009). More on Peter's research, teaching and […]

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Join the Cult of the Crowd

Over the year and half working with Ushahidi on the SwiftRiver project, I’ve thought a lot about the subject of crowdsourcing. Not so much the how, but the how. (I suppose the pseudo-science of crowdsourcing would be a fitting subtitle.) Partly because it’s part of my job to help prevent ‘the gaming of the system’ […]

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Featured Plugin: Facebook Social

Today we enabled the Facebook Social plugin on Crowdmap, our free hosting solution for the Ushahidi Platform. It adds Facebook comments to reports so Facebook users are able to have a richer experience when interacting with your deployment. If you are a Crowdmap user, it’s very easy to enable Facebook comments on your deployment. Just […]

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