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Today, Ushahidi’s Jonathon Morgan was invited onto the new Bellingcat podcast to discuss how you can use CrisisNET to get your hands on crisis-relevant data. Bellingcat is the latest project of Elliot Higgins, working to use advanced citizen journalism techniques to report on under-reported stories. Using our CrisisNET platform, it is possible to get your hands on the same social media data Elliot Higgins uses in his investigative journalism. …

(Note: This post is cross-posted from SciDev.Net who recorded this interview with Chris Albon, Director of Crisis.NET, an Ushahidi initiative.)

Q&A: How open-source tools can help map crisis data By Imogen Mathers

In this podcast, we talk to Chris Albon, director of the global crisis data arm of Ushahidi, an open-source data mapping organisation that originated in Nairobi, Kenya.

Albon explains how Ushahidi software can be tailored to track data in …

Inspired by recent technical posts by the Ushahidi Platform team, we’re running a series of posts for software engineers and product developers detailing how the CrisisNET platform is put together. Contact us on Twitter to find out how you can get involved.

We’re taking the world’s crisis data and making it accessible in a simple, intuitive, firehose of real-time information. In building the first version of the CrisisNET platform, we were most interested …

You might be wondering why the Director of Data Projects is writing code for the Ushahidi Platform.  I’d think that strange too, but as a good old-fashioned data scientist, I care very much about data sources, formats and access, and couldn’t pass up the chance to influence the ways that Ushahidi Platform imports and exports datasets and data summaries.

Let’s talk about data science.

Courtesy of http://alexbraunstein.com/

Data science is about understanding and …

This post is the third in a series of articles that will be devoted to explaining the Ushahidi Platform at a technical level for programmers and deployers.

As we saw in the first blog post, Ushahidi Platform is radically changing under the hood, pivoting towards a very strictly defined architecture that enables all of the business logic of the platform to be independently tested, free of details such as the database or the web, …

We are excited to announce yet another bug fix release of the Ushahidi platform dubbed 2.7.4. We knocked out a couple of bugs with this release, including password validation errors, runtime errors in settings and when submitting reports, cached theme settings issues, 2MB file upload limit and much more. One great push that is going into this release is the update on Openlayers to 2.13.1. With this update, Bing maps should now be …

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve rolled out four beta releases, and held different community discussions around what Ushahidi v3 looks like and infrastructural changes within the platform.

Here’s a run down of what we rolled out on v3.0.00-beta.4.

Last Thursday, we hosted yet another discussion around the roadmap to launching Ushahidi v3. We also gave a first look into what the Ushahidi toolkit and guide, which John Crowley and …

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been spiraling out of control for months, though it has been largely underreported in the international press. With the recent news that three Americans had been infected, one in Nigeria and two who have been transported back to the United States for treatment, we decided to capitalize on the increased global attention.

Using data from the World Health Organization we analyzed the movement of the

In a series of blog posts over the past few weeks we have learned about the radical changes under the hood within the Ushahidi Platform, evolving from an initial set of libraries to a whole new set of libraries. Over the past months, as we were building the application, we experienced a series of limitations that brought into question our choice of libraries. So we decided to take what we learned and completely rebuild the …