Whenever setting up an Ushahidi installation, it’s often necessary to change the general appearance of the site to fit within an certain brand or color scheme. In our first iteration of Ushahidi, we saw several groups do just that:

A few examples of how previous versions of Ushahidi were customized.

With the addition of themes in version 1.0, we’ve made customizing the look and feel a whole lot easier. …

Here are three interesting misconceptions about Ushahidi and crowdsourcing in general:

Ushahidi takes the lead in deploying the Ushahidi platform Crowdsourced information is statistically representative Crowdsourced information cannot be validated

Lets start with the first. We do not take the lead in deploying Ushahidi platforms. In fact, we often learn about new deployments second-hand via Twitter. We are a non-profit tech company and our goal is to continue developing innovative crowdsourcing platforms that cater to …

Mobile Phones

Jessica Colaco is here talking to us about having a mobile strategy. She runs the Mobile Bootcamps here at Strathmore University every year, she’s a TED Fellow and a part of the Ushahidi dev community. Jessica’s here to talk about communicating and strategies around that for groups and organizations that haven’t really thought that far ahead yet. One of the most common touch points is the mobile phone, especially here …

All of the Ushahidi mobile apps run utilizing the Ushahidi API. They work as a mobile client, where you can access a specific web-based instance of Ushahidi (ex: http://hatari.co.ke or http://drc.ushahidi.com). The basic functionality allowed is for you to see new reports that others have reported, upload incidents with pictures/links/location and it allows you to run and report things offline for sync later when you are able to connect.

Android
Josiah Mugambi is …

Ken Kasina, of Ushahidi, is talking about a new instance of Ushahidi that has gone up in Nairobi just this last week called Hatari (meaning “danger” in Swahili). The site was set up for anyone in Nairobi to submit reports on crime and corruption in the city.

HOW TO REPORT

1. By sending a message to +254719457500
2. By sending an email to tips@hatari.co.ke
3. By sending a …

KANCO
The first group to present their work is KANCO, the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, presented by Jamie Lundine. It’s a project where 3 of us, Ushahidi, AIDSPortal and KANCO are working together to track spending and effectiveness of projects at the community level.

The mapping project portion of this is to develop local capacity for data collection and analysis. It’s also there to enable individuals to send in reports from …

Crisis Mapping Visualization is a key component of Crisis Mapping, which explains why we’re busy developing new and innovative ways to visualize crisis data dynamically.

When we first launched Ushahidi in 2008, we didn’t have the resources to go beyond the static visualization of crowdsourced data. In 2009, we added our first dynamic visualization feature, which allows users to animate or “play” their data over time and space, thus creating “movie maps” of crisis …