Load Testing on Ushahidi Platform 2.1

We performed load testing on two different setups of the latest version of the Ushahidi Platform to see if there was a relatively easy win for greatly improving the scalability of an Ushahidi deployment. We used loadimpact.com, who donated three months of their premium service to us for testing. In a nutshell, load testing is […]

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The State of Our Wardrobe: A Discussion on Ushahidi Themes

Themes functionality has been a part of the Ushahidi Platform for a while now. It’s an important feature because it enables you easily customize the visual aspect of your deployment. To make an analogy, if your body was the Ushahidi Platform, Themes would be your clothes. Let’s continue on with this analogy… As the platform […]

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Irene Recovery Map: For Ordinary People Helping Ordinary People

I was gearing up for a trial run of this satellite imagery analysis project for Somalia when my colleague Aaron Huslage decided to launch the Irene Recovery Map. He reached out to various communities for help and many groups  joined him to suppor this efforts. In alphabetical order: CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, GIS Corps, […]

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Crowdmap: Header Images

On Crowdmap, we strive to provide our deployers the most up to date, stable features in the Ushahidi Platform. The website is updated often and we don’t always do as well as we could communicating those new features to you. We will be publishing a series of blogposts highlighting new functionality that you may otherwise […]

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Live from the Ushahidi .ke Evaluation Launch

The ihub in Nairobi, Kenya has been buzzing all morning with conversations about the Ushahidi .ke Evaluation launch. We are honoured to have our local community and some guests like UNHCR and NetHope join us to talk about best practices and improvements for deployments and Ushahidi. Here is our Ustream for the day: (recorded) Streaming […]

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Recognizing Ushahidi Deployment Partners

The Ushahidi community consists of a diverse group of people who have helped extend, translate and deploy the platform around the world. The Beta version in 2009 was translated into Spanish, even before Swahili. That early adoption and use lay the groundwork for even more adoption in Latin America, and with other deployment partners, we […]

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Perspectives from the MamaBits team: Rukia and Tobias

Preparations for the Ushahidi .ke Evaluation launch are running full speed ahead. Jennifer Chan, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and I visited Rukia Sebit and Tobias Ouma of MamaBits, the coordinators of Building Bridges deployment. Building Bridges is a project to encourage people to encourage, map and connect people working on peace initiatives in Kenya. Their work […]

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Open Dev Community chat and Hackathon

Join us Saturday, August 27th for an Open Development Community call and a Nairobi Ushahidi Hackathon. Community Development Open Call We are restarting the Ushahidi development community open calls and invite you to join a skype chat/ustream call. Our team of developers (Mobile, Swift, and Ushahidi) will be available to answer questions, take your feedback […]

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Where crime runs deep, Ushahidi Liberia goes local

Since Ushahidi Liberia began over a year ago, our team has been crowdseeding rather than crowdsourcing.  This has been the conscious choice of our 20+ partner organizations in-country, who have trusted field reporters and a shared reluctance about involving the crowd in a context where rumors and mob violence are rampant.  As Liberia nears the […]

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