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 case.
- Deployment of the week (May 25th): Bijoya – Mapping harassment of women and children in Bangladesh. Besides being one of the first deployments in Bangladesh, this map is really special because the team has community support from the Maps4Aid and Harassmap communities. The more community mentoring and sharing, the better we all are. Wonderful.
- HeritageCrowd aka Electric Archaeologist had a tough week with their deployment. Maybe you could lend him a hand with the recovery. His post is very illuminating on deployment woes. Many Ushahidi deployers have had similar experiences. We’ll do some thinking on how we can make it easier for you.
- Ajay Kumar wrote about the BMC (municipality in India) funding super apps instead of using Ushahidi.
- Slayer and the GeoSMS team continue to innovate by using Ushahidi plus Open GeoSMS as a Charity Trading Platform. Two kinds of tomatoes and the top page of this charity event is here
Tech Change’s course registration is still open: Ushahidi: Framework for Effective Platform Management. More details:
Into the code
- Important Google Map bug fix: Getting a Google Map “Map Data” pop-up on your deployment? Google made some changes to their map layers. Here is the code fix for it. Thanks Mano Marks and OpenLayers.
- New Release testing: We are about to release a new version of the Ushahidi platform – v2.4 (slated for 29th May). This is mainly a bug-fix release. Asking for your help in testing and confirming the bugs that are labelled as “CLOSED” have indeed been fixed. Feedback can be added to our google doc. Apart from the fixed bugs, there is an extra spreadsheet for any other feedback – different bug/feature request. Feel free to populate it too. The testing period continues throughout the weekend, closing on May 28, 2012.
- Security testing: Can you lend a hand with OWASP Security Blitz – XSS testing?
The next Ushahidi Developer Community Call is May 28 – 29, 2012. The Swift River team will give a demo of the tool. We’ll talk Ushahidi core testing, security and more.
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(We alternate timezones each month to serve the global community.)
The MESH conference (Toronto) was held on May 23 – 24, 2012. I spoke about Ushahidi with some very Canadian examples. Some of the big themes I mentioned that need to happen in Canada are: more open data, more hackathons and increased support of social enterpreneurship.
Have a great weekend,