Happy Week from Nairobi! We have updates about Uchaguzi and the upcoming Community Developer call.
Pause. A room full of creative, dedicated, smart people gather. Their mission: to build a strong offline and online campaign of citizen voices for the upcoming Kenyan elections. Planning is key to any Ushahidi project. We’re excited to share this journey with our local and global community.
At last night’s event, we did a group map perception infographic exercise to get folks connected to the whole country and consider how we need to rethink location and outreach as we prepare for the elections.
Three key components:
Crowd: the main focus of Uchaguzi and the source of most of the reports. We want people to send us any information on the election/electoral process that they feel is significant
Verification: the process through which Uchaguzi evaluates information and determines how credible it is
Response: Getting verified information to organizations and individuals who can intervene positively and monitoring that response to measure its effectiveness.
Into the Code
Signal to noise curation with verification components is the SwiftRiver mission. We’re testing linking the SwiftRiver and Crowdmap plugin using some easy starter documents. These will be refined and added to the wiki. Have you tried to use the two tools together yet?
Need a SwiftRiver invite? Drop us a note in the comments.
The Next Ushahidi Developer Meeting is January 22nd. We will be doing a LIVE from Nairobi event connecting the local and global developer communities. Register via Meetup. (We’ll be connecting skype and Google Hangout to the event.
From the Community
Women Under Siege
Women Under Siege Syria is a project by the Women’s Media Center using Crowdmap to track Sexualized Violence. Lauren Wolfe and her team has been working tirelessly to give voice to those in crisis. Recently, this work has been featured in:
CNN: Lauren Wolfe tells CNN of the Horrors Documented in Syria
The Huffington Post’s LiveChat: How We talk about Rape
The Atlantic: Are Women Being Targeted in Syria
Harassmap continues to lead in mapping Safety for women (print coverage from CNN)