A Movement of Hundreds of Small Movements

[Guest post: Maria Grabowski Kjær is a MSc student in Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with a fundamental interest in social change and human rights. She is currently working towards her thesis, exploring how deployers use Ushahidi to organize and communicate, with interest in how the online and offline 'feed' into each […]

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Ushahidi Platform v2.4 – Bug Fix Release

It’s that time of the month again when we release a newer version of the Ushahidi platform. As with the last one, this is also a bug fix release so no new features – just some ironing on what already exists. The Ushahidi core platform and Crowdmap are both updated. Bug Fixes include Scheduler Fixed: […]

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Weekly: Swift Demo, RHOK & Election Hackathons

From Swift to Hack, here’s the Ushahidi Weekly: The SwiftRiver team gave a demo during our monthly Developer Community Call. We’re participating in Random Hacks of Kindness and the Free Election Hackathons. From the Community: Women Under Siege was featured in the medical journal: The Lancet. The Water Voices team created this video to highlight […]

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Weekly: Google Map fix, Community Dev Call

Happy Friday! In the weekly report, we have a google base map bug fix, two Deployments of the week, some community blog posts and a reminder about the upcoming Community Developer call: From the Community: Deployment of the Week (May 18th): DesignWeekNYC. (blog post from Cooper-Hewitt Labs). We simply love the rich colours and use […]

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A peek into current coding affairs and other mysteries

Over the last few days, we have been rewriting the section of the platform that deals with the map + timeline on the main page. While on the refactoring rampage, a few neurons went off and implanted some thoughts which I’d like to share. However, before indulging you with those, here is a primer of […]

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Ushahidi Wins Global Adaptation Index Prize

Ushahidi was honored to receive the 2012 Global Adaptation Index  (GAIN) Prize for our work developing and democratizing digital tools for crowdsourcing and visualization information. Our community has created fantastic maps such as energyshortage.org, thaifloods.com, and costofchicken.crowdmap.com, to map energy flows, flooding, and food price fluctuation. The problems created by climate change can surface in […]

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Mapping avalanche incidents by capturing information from the crowd

[Guest post by Francesco Bartoli. Francesco is the founder at Geobeyond Srl and a geospatial technologist who fosters innovation technology to Geographic Information System and Spatial Data Infrastructure. He is advocate of Open Source, Open Government, Open Data development where also acts as OGC standards and INSPIRE advisor to assisting business programs at largest extent […]

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Update on the Wikipedia sources project

Last month I presented the first results of the WikiSweeper project, an ethnographic research project to understand how Wikipedia editors track, evaluate and verify sources on rapidly evolving pages of Wikipedia, the results of which will inform ongoing development of the SwiftRiver (then Sweeper) platform. Wikipedians are some of the most sophisticated managers of online sources […]

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Weekly: Launches, map layers, RHOK & coding

We have a few community launches to share this week, plus code changes and preparing for RHOK. Anyone can update the Ushahidi weekly. All you need is a wiki account. Let us know what you are working on or need help with. Here’s our update: Community updates: The next Community Developer call is May 28 […]

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Patrick Meier Departs for the Qatar Foundation

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Patrick Meier for the past 3 years directly as one of the core Ushahidi team members. He’s become a close friend, and someone that I respect even more than when we first met. Leading our CrisisMapping endeavors, he’s been one of the most visible members of the […]

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