Deployment of the week
This week, we recognise the efforts of the team at Raccontalo alla Provincia pavese, mobilising citizens to voice out problems within their environment in the Province of Pavia in Italy.
This week, we recognise three outstanding projects as deployments of the week. Continue reading
This week, we recognise the efforts of the team at Volontaires internationaux en soutien aux opérations virtuelles (VISOV), who are crowdsourcing images of destruction and aid deployment in the wake of the Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines. This deployment, much like all other efforts being ran out there, will go a long way in helping to alleviate the suffering of the Filipino people.
This week, we recognise the effort of the team at One De Olho Nas Emendas, who are engaging with citizens in Brasilia to track the effect of amendments of the district’s budget and highlight cases of corruption.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies‘ 2013 World Disaster Report was released recently. This report focuses on technology and the future of humanitarian action. The full report can be found here.
Last week, we continued our series of Google Hangouts on data ethics. You can find Part 1 here. The conversation brought together experts from a wide variety of fields working to use data to create social change. Below is a recording of our chat.
We hope you will find the conversation useful to your own work. In the future, we plan on having more Google Hangouts on this and similar topics. Stay tuned!
Evan and I had a great time at MozFest in London this past weekend, getting to meet awesome webmakers from around the globe. Thanks to everyone who came by our Crowdmap API Session, we got some really useful ideas that we hope to hack on in the coming months. Here’s a run down of our experience. Added bonus,also got to meet and hang out with our Open News fellow, Aurelia Moser.
Daudi and I are at the Open Government partnership event this weekend. Daudi was part of a panel discussing Public and private partnerships to support open data initiatives, and I’m going to be a part of the U.S. State Department led Tech camp initiative
— Angela Oduor (@AngieNicoleOD) October 31, 2013
We’d be happy to connect with any of you attending on the role of tech in Open Governments.
For all of you who’ve been waiting to get a glimpse of the work that the 3.0 team has been working on for the past few months, we rolled out a developer release of the platform yesterday, as a way to get our community of devs involved in helping us build it out. Grab the code on github, or download it here, then head over to the install instructions. Or just head over to the demo site and have a look. (If you want a quick way to spin up your own demo, try out our one-click deploy and install on Pagodabox). Read about it in our blog announcement.
As part of this release, we’re hosting a physical meetup in Nairobi on 6th November, 2013 between 5.30p.m and 6.45 p.m. Join us! For all our virtual friends, we’re planning on hosting you via G+ and recording the session
While we were at Mozfest, We built a quick demo app (2-3 hours of dev time) just to give a very basic example of what you might use the Crowdmap API for. In this case, it was a live stream of hashtagged photos from Instagram that were being taken at the Festival, under the MozFest2013 map.
We’ve put the code up on GitHub, you just need to update the config file to your API key and pick a map to point it to. We’ve put together a WebMaker tutorial on how you can quickly deploy the demo app on your own web server.
Happy Week folks!
This week, we acknowledge the efforts of the Pantau Pusaka Indonesia team towards providing a platform for citizens to share updates on preservation of endangered heritage.
This last week, the Making All Voices Count team has held events in 3 different african cities to officially open business. They launched in Accra, Johannesburg, and finally in Nairobi. Folks in Jakarta, stay tuned to the MAVC website for details on the final Open for Business event to be held in your city! Also, remember, deadline for applications in 8th November, 2013. APPLY NOW!
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The Commons Lab will be publicly released a new report by John Crowley on Connecting grassroots and government for disaster response .
We are hosting our next Data Ethics Hangout on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 4p.m EAT. Panelists on this discussion will include Ushahidi’s Chris Albon, DataKind’s Jake Porway, and iHub Research’s Leonida Mutuku. Join us!
It’s less than a week to go to Mozfest!! WOOP!
— Mozilla Festival (@mozillafestival) October 16, 2013
UNOCHA Visual Team is looking for an Interactive Web Designer. If you’re interested, apply here.
Are you interested integrating joomla into the latest version Ushahidi? Giuseppe Calamita( giuseppe.calamita AT gmail DOT com) and his team need your help.
With the Ushahidi Version 3 developer release slated for 30th October, 2013, the team is hard at work to finish up on the POSTS CRUD functionality, as well as implementing Media end points for the v3 API. The QA team continues to rigorously test and provide feedback to the team.
We recently open sourced our quick hack in response to the westgate attacks, dubbed Ping. We’ve also put up some extensive documentation on our wiki. Install the app and play around with it. For those of you interested in getting you hands dirty i.e Developers, Designers : Jump into the code!
Its been weeks since we launched the new Crowdmap API, and seen awesome apps like Fix it by David Kobia, built off of it.
Join Evan Sims for insights on the awesome things you could build with the new Crowdmap API on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013. Details to be sent out within the week!
Jon Shuler got to hang out with the BRCK in paris this last week at the BSF Urgency of Reading Conference.
KS Backers, got your shwag yet? We want you smiling like Christopher Neu
— Christopher Neu (@neuguy) October 9, 2013
Happy Week folks!