Happy Week! In this Community report, we’re featuring work from Jakarta, Italy and, of course, Kenya. The next two months will be full of Uchaguzi updates. Since the Ushahidi team is heavily involved in the project, we want to share our journey with you. Believe me, we are learning tons!
Deployment of the Week: OpenIR Jakarta Banjir
This week’s feature Deployment is from the OpenIR team. They are in Indonesia testing out their Infrared Imaging software. The floods of the past weeks has resulted in their OpenIR: Jakarta Banjir map. They’ve geolocated over 1500 reports:
Into the Code
We hosted our Ushahidi Community Developer call live from Nairobi. While the Internet was less than cooperative, we had participants locally in Nairobi connected to Global community members from Cambodia, India, Egypt, and Canada. The audio recording was very choppy.
Seth Kigen, Trusted Developer created a Windows 8 Ushahidi App. Here’s his demo:
(see more Ushahidi community videos)
Some Other Highlights:
- Grant McaEwan University (Canada) is joining Ushahidi again to do a full Software developer course using Ushahidi. See Cam’s post about last year’s class
- Farid Boushra (Egypt) is investigating an SMS automap plugin
- Praveen (India) is working on CoalMining map. He will be sharing more details on the skype dev chat
- Uchaguzi community developer testing help will be starting in the coming week. Stay Tuned.
From the Community:
Francesco’s project, GeoAvalanche, is really leading the charge for preparedness. Given that I come from a snowbound country, I’m a fan of how it could be applied in other countries.
Update: Workshop in Cambodia
In December, the Open Institute held various workshops throughout Cambodia focused on Gender-based violence tracking using Ushahidi.
Great Lakes Commons Meetup – Toronto, Canada
Paul Baines of the Great Lakes Commons project is hosting a community meetup on Sunday, February 3rd. He’s seeking local guidance and some dev input. I’m excited to be back in Canada to support his important project. What stories can we map about the environment and communities?
The Uchaguzi Technology, Translation, Social Media and Community Outreach Working Groups met last night. We had some successful planning sessions. On January 30th, the Research and Analytics team will be meeting. Stay tuned for more Working Group meetups in the coming weeks.
Highlights from the Social Media Outreach Working Group:
Civic Education is needed on how to effectively use social media during the election period. Kenyan social media community are diverse and need to be active participants and committed against hate speech and participating in a positive way towards free and fair election. THe Uchaguzi platform is a powerful tool against the noise and inflammatory nature of other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and can be used to defuse inflammatory and often inaccurate reporting.
On 2nd of March just before the elections there will be a statement of unity from bloggers, social media and Facebook.
Highlights from the Community Outreach team
The Uchaguzi Analytics and Research team is meeting on Wednesday, January 30th to keep planning.
And, if you’d like to get involved in the Uchaguzi project:
Join our Local Community Working Groups.
(NOTE: the Ushahidi team will be offline for the upcoming week for our annual team meetings. Stay tuned for more updates in February.)