Weekly: Ushahidi 2.7.1 Testing, Khartoum Floods

Bugs Fixes, not the mosquito kind, are on our mind. Team Ninja has been hacking away to do a major bug fix for Ushahidi platform. We need your help to test before the next release. Also in the weekly, some upcoming events from ihub Research and the International Conference of Crisismappers plus a Deployment of the Week from Sudan.

Erik and Pedro

Always nice to meetup

Ushahidians are around the world. We love meeting in person. Pedro Schuster lead technical responses to Chilean earthquake response in 2010. (read about Ushahidi Chile). We surprised Erik Hersman at the meetup.

Release Testing Help wanted

You’ve been reporting bugs via Github and the Forums. Our team has been busy collaborating with community members to get fixes prepared. We need your help to test the release alongside our QA cohort and team.

Key Dates:
Code Freeze: August 21, 2013
Testing: August 22nd to 30th, 2013
Community Test day: August 27th, 2013 (join us online via skype and IRC to collaborate)
Fixes: August 31 to September 1, 2013
Crowdmap Classic Upgrading, Tests & Overview: September 1 – 3 2013
2.7.1 Release: September 4, 2013

How to help

If you are a server ninja, you can download the release candidate and test away. We also have a test server with you can simply login and be a pirate tester. Reminder: Crowdmap Classic uses the same software code base as Ushahidi platform, so testing.ushahidi.com will be almost like testing on Crowdmap Classic.

1. Login to Test Site:
site – http://testing.ushahidi.com
username = testing@ushahidi.com
password = admin2013
2. Test and Identify bugs:
There are two ways to give feedback on the release candidate:
a. Add an issue to GitHub
b. Add the bugs to this spreadsheet to track feedback.

Erik showing off the latest iteration of BRCK.
Erik showing off the latest iteration of BRCK.

3. There are 32 bugs fixes. We know that you have limited time, so even testing one of these items will help everyone. The full list is on the Test Spreadsheet and in Github. Here are some top level items:

General Fixes

Login page issues: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/pull/1161

CSV Uploads
https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1181, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1169
CSV downloaded form platform throws errors on attempt to upload: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1140, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/commit/684b67c242adc92873e1bf8ab9728993b4ba8f63

Report Management

Error with reports view page: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1176, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1166, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1178, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/commit/e2deabb
Validation error on custom fields dropdown: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1113, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/commit/ed301966b7cdafaa919c58a6844f763915d4914b
Incident location not on incident pages: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1121, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/commit/0c48d8733076e00454cd891ed2ae38c5203f6b1b

Twitter and Media Errors

Twitter Credential Error: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1109, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/pull/1131
Twitter scheduler bugs: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/pull/1133

Error adding report to a photo (Crowdmap Classic): https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1099, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/commit/52ad173bf4fd21f9754850cccb1b1fa470ab4461
Ushahidi should not upsize uploaded images, only downsize them.
Upload images .jpeg fails: https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/pull/1152, https://github.com/ushahidi/Ushahidi_Web/issues/1136

Thanks in advance to all those who reported these bugs, helped fix and test them. More in coming weeks leading up to the Release.

Deployment of the Week

The Khartoum Flood response has been ongoing for the past month. They are Deployment of the Week. The Daily Beast wrote a great piece about Abeer Khairy: “The Woman Behind the Khartoum Flood Map.”

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Community and larger Crisismappers network is also collaborating:
(Severin Menard of HOT collected this list)
Post from Relief Web (1) and (2)


The CANA team from the Philippines, previous Deployment of the Week has posted an update on their progress.

Upcoming Events

Using Crowdsourcing & ICTs to Monitor Elections

Join ihub Research on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:30 PM EAT at iHub (Bishop Magua 4th floor) for an interactive discussion on best practices for running such an ICT Election Watch deployment. They will also discuss different ways to crowd source information from citizens during an election period, and best practices for engaging citizens through ICTs.

Kindly confirm your in person participation by registering here.
They will also host a concurrent live G+ hangout (separate registration).

For more information visit the Ihub blog.

International Conference of Crisis Mapping

The 5th annual International Conference of Crisis Mappers will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on November 18 – 22, 2013! The purpose of the ICCM is to bring together the most engaged practitioners, scholars, software developers and policymakers at the cutting edge of crisis mapping and humanitarian technology. The event includes Pre-Conference Training (Maps, Mobile, Data, Research and more), Ignite talks, Self-Organized Sessions and Tech/Analysis Fair.

We encourage you to attend, give a talk and come learn with this amazing community.

Annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Our friends at Aspiration Tech host the Annual NonProfit Software Development Summit in Oakload on November 18-20, 2013. Registration: Register

Are you nostalgic for the days of hanging out in a circle with your fellow nonprofit techies from around the world?

We sure are! Join us to re-live the good ol’ days at Aspiration’s Nonprofit Software Development Summit.
The annual NPTechie Love Fest will take place right on schedule this year, November 18-20 at Preservation Park in Oakland. Come learn and share knowledge with like-minded people and explore how technology can bolster community change.
The event hashtag is #NPDev

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