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As Sharon briefly mentioned in her previous post on the V3 user experience, it’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve pushed a new beta release. The V3 team committed to two-week release cycles and we want to let the community know why we’ve delayed the past two scheduled releases.

We’ve recently been focused on three major areas: 1) post-type editor, 2) data visualizations, and 3) hiring.

1) Post-type editor

As Sharon outlined in her great post last week, we have completed our first round of user testing on Ushahidi V3. We tested key interactions on pages from the Pattern Library with users of varying levels of Ushahidi experience.

Poring through the results of user testing is one of my favorite things to do as a designer. It confirms and supports many of our design decisions, and reveals a to-do list of how we can …

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last v3 beta release, but there’s a whole lot of work that’s been happening in the background.

The V3 team has been working around the clock to ensure that we’re not only building a world class product, but a product that is user centered. The design and functionality need to be able to meet our users’ expectations.

The V3 user interface has gone through a major overhaul. …

Two weeks ago our team gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW conference. A few of us were speaking, a few of us live there, and a few of us came for a Ushahidi design team hit team meeting. Altogether we had nine team members in Austin at different times throughout the week. We ate brisket, huddled around outdoor coffee shops for sunny coding sessions, visited the manufacturing floor of BRCK, and braved the …

Its been 4 years since the first Ushahidi manual was announced and released. Anahi Ayala Iacucci,Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, who’s worked on several Ushahidi deployments, did an amazing job of taking the initiative to provide Ushahidi users a step by step guide on how to use the platform through this document. It has served as the basis for a lot of the training work I have …

Metrics, data, leadership, execution

As a distributed organization actively working across every continent (except Antarctica), we at Ushahidi have to communicate across an amazingly diverse set of cultures, languages, and perspectives. We have found one unlikely language that can translates across all, can quickly bring people from different nations together seeing eye to eye: the language of numbers, data.

So much has been written about the potential value of data in every part of the …

The Nigerian elections are happening this weekend and over the coming week and Ushahidi has been working with the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), and developers Dan Woods and Quinn Lee to create an early warning dashboard for violence in the run up, during and immediately after the elections.

Stakeholder Democracy Network has been working in the Niger Delta for over 10 years. During the 2011 elections, they used the Ushahidi powered Niger Delta Watch

We blogged about OpenExplorer in November last year, describing how we used it to track our Nile adventure. We thought it would be interesting to go into more detail about what exactly this tool is and how our Solutions Team was engaged to build it.

OpenExplorer is a digital log book which allows adventurers and citizen scientists to plan, document, and share their expeditions with the OpenROV community. Through the site, explorers can also …

New to a space? Just listen.

Working on a global project like Making All Voices Count is an eye-opening task that can also be daunting for the lone programme officer venturing out to find innovative ideas to support. There are so many different contexts to discover, so many ideas to sift through and so many people with different perspectives to process. While I am working in at most four countries in Africa (we …