2-tier crowdsourcing for disaster information collection and co-ordination

Slayer aka Kuo-Yu Chuang is a founder of GeoThings, the chair of the OGC Open Geo SMS Standard Working Group, and is also from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). He is also an Ushahidi trusted developer and long standing member of the Ushahidi community. Slayer made an ignite talk at the 5th Annual Crisis mapper’s conference(ICCM), held in Nairobi […]

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Weekly: Typhoon Yolanda Relief, Hackathons and Software releases

Deployment of the week 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 […]

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Weekly: FoodSync, Tech for emergencies, and Plugins!

Deployment of the week We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US. Tech Tools for Emergencies The recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi shook all of us […]

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Security Tips in Emergencies

(Guest post, cross posted from Citizen Lab blog. The Author,Jennie Phillips is a PhD student working with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the development of crisis resilience with high-risk civil society groups promoting human rights freedoms online in a virtual, networked setting. With an MA in Education Technology, […]

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Power of crisis crowdsourcing & media broadcasting – 3 key roles for mapping emergencies live

[Guest Post by Jaroslav Valuch, Head of Campaign against Racism and Hatecrimes at Agency for Social Inclusion, The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Field Coordinator with the Ushahidi Haiti project, co-founder of the Standby Task Force and Ushahidi community leader. Jaro coordinated the Krizova Mapa Ceska for the 2013 Floods.] The Crisis […]

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A Road Not Yet Traveled

[Guest post by Leesa Astredo. Leesa is the Co-Founder of Info4Disasters.org & EMsafespace.org; Empathy team lead at Standby Task Force; a community leader at Ushahidi; and a Red Cross volunteer, both on the ground and virtual. But most importantly she is proud to be part of a great movement in Emergency Management.] We are small […]

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Weekly: Urban Planning, Disaster Preparedness and Ushahidi at OSCON !

From increasing transparency of urban planning projects in Prague, to creating awareness on disaster preparedness in Indonesia and Geeking out at OSCON(among others), here’s your weekly fix of all things Ushahidi and community. Deployment of the week This week, we recognise two amazing projects as deployments of the week. MediaCenter creates awareness about distasters in […]

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Notes on the Watershed Post’s implementation of Ushahidi’s Crowdmap

[Guest post by Julia Reischel of the Watershed Post] Several days before Hurricane Sandy arrived in New York, our two-person staff at the Watershed Post began building our Hurricane Sandy page: www.watershedpost.com/sandy. We had learned from experience during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 that early preparation and installation of web tools was indispensable in covering a disaster. During Irene, […]

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Crisis Mapping: Cultivating Alliances

[Guest post by Avi Lambert: Avi is passionate about cross-pollinating web thinking in government, the public sector and civil society organizations. His work connects the dots between strategies, tactics, desired end-state behaviors and demographics. www.avilambert.net] “Locative media utilize a range of devices from GPS systems, and wi-fi networks, to bluetooth enabled cellphones, to creative new […]

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Predicting Locations of Emergency & Damage During Disaster Using VGI Data

[Guest blog post by Prateek Budhwar who is currently pursuing M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. Prateek is interested in the areas of Volunteered geographic information, Digital image processing, GPS based LBS applications on android and remote sensing]. The VGI data obtained from the Ushahidi-Haiti platform during the first 72 hours of Earthquake […]

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