There are times, like today, when I stand amazed at the number of people – hailing from so many different circles – that throw their support behind Ushahidi at every turn. Today we heard that Ushahidi is a finalist in the 2009 WeMedia Gamechangers Awards. A couple Twitter messages out to some people we know and in about an hour there was already 25 votes and comments, leading all contenders. Unreal!

The same applies …

An event data analysis study of the post-election violence in Kenya earlier this year was just completed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. They compared mainstream news media, with citizen journalism and Ushahidi data. Below is the time-lapsed video of that data overlaying a map:

Read about the methodology and find the report here.

Yellow icon = mainstream news reports;
Blue icon = citizen journalism blogs;
Green icon = Ushahidi reports. …

I was really hoping to get a hands-on this week with UNICEF’s new “Bee” equipment while in Johannesburg, as the fabrication of the device was happening just north of us in Pretoria. Unfortunately, Christopher Fabian informed me that the second prototype wasn’t quite finished, so we had to make do with a (fabulously edited) video:

It’s really an interesting device, that is all open source – both hardware and software.

Included in …

Clyral, a South African company who does some really interesting work with Java-based mobile phone application called Mobile Researcher. It is a very intuitive and easy-to-use platform for gathering data from the field on a number of devices.

While at MobileActive ’08, Mark and Andy used the first two days to survey a number of the attendees asking questions like:

What is your organization’s policy on open source software in …