Weekly: Vulture Resightings, Data Ethics Hangouts and Innovative Justice Awards

Deployment of the Week

This week, we applaud the efforts of Vultures Namibia to conserve rare species of vultures in Namibia by reporting their re-sightings and recovery!

https://vulturesresightings.crowdmap.com/

Vote for Ushahidi

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Ushahidi has been nominated for the HiiL Innovating Justice awards, as an innovative justice initiative making a difference in the world. Help us out by voting here!

Events

OKFN data expedition in Bangladesh

If you are a mapper in Bangladesh, or interested in Bangladesh, and want to help map garment factories in OSM to provide a real comprehensive transparent picture of what’s going on, sign up the OKFN data expedition on October 18-20. In Bangladesh, contact Nurunnaby Chowdhury <nurunnabyhasive AT gmail DOT com> for information on the local venue

Data Ethics Hangout with Chris Albon

We’re set to hold our next topical research hangout on the 24th of October, 2013. This hangout will be hosted by Ushahidi’s Chris Albon, revolving around Ethics on Data sharing. Stay tuned for more details in the coming week ;)

Ushahidi Community Developer Call

Join us, on 14th October, 2013 at 9p.m EAT, for our first community developer call after the summer break, and let’s talk all things API, Ushahidi v3 and more :)

Into the Code

Ushahidi

You’ve probably noticed a lot of activity on the Ushahidi v2.x github repository, thanks to our amazing community developer, Diogo Freire. He’s been doing a lot of amazing work on maintenance and bug fixing in the lead up to the next release. Version 2.7.2 is expected to be released in November, after the developer release of version 3.0 of Ushahidi.

Speaking of version 3.0, the team’s been hard at work on polishing out the API and integrating it with the UI. Work in sets and media endpoints is to be complete in the coming weeks. Our QA team is also building out a test plan, to be shared with our community in the coming weeks.

Crowdmap

You can now post to crowdmap via Email AND SMS. These features have been recently formalised into the platform.

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Email and SMS posting enabled on new Crowdmap maps

Brian and Evan have been hard at work, polishing out features and optimising the platform e.g fixing Instagram autopost issues. Henry also added in new features into the new crowdmap android app – like adding filters when adding photos. Feel free to test all the new awesome stuff out and share feedback with us via our github issue page.

Happy Week Folks!

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