Kate Perino is a Sophomore at Tufts University majoring in English. She originates from Maryland.

During winter break, I happened upon a news site mentioning the Fletcher school. The article was about a group of Tufts grad students who got together with their laptops in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and began sifting through text messages and Twitter feeds directly from Haiti. They were compiling information for relief organizations, …

Sabina Carleson is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Community Health. She has worked in Southern Sudan and three years ago co-founded RESPE, a community-led research and development project in rural northern Haiti under the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL).

Some 4 years ago, I began an oral history project chronicling the Haitian Diaspora here in the Greater Boston Area, and lines of the powerful stories still linger …

When I called David Kobia to launch the Ushahidi platform two hours after the earthquake, our priority was to map all relevant reports in near real-time and to do so around the clock. This meant monitoring Tweets, Facebook groups, list serves, emails, online news media, blogs, radio and television programs, and now incoming SMS. That’s not all, we also needed to turn this information into semi-structured reports and actually geo-tag them. No small …

Francesca Garrett is a Psychology student in New Haven, CT. When she isn’t translating SMS messages (or in the chat room as AnyaPetrova), she writes for Mission 4636, and serves as Resource Coordinator for the Translation Team and Fletcher School Situation Room. She can be reached at francesca.garrett@gmail.com

Valérie-Ann Nathalie Michel was a vibrant 34 year old working in Port au Prince as a Bank Manager. She was known locally for …

The purpose of Swift River is to validate crowdsourced information in near real-time. In the past few weeks, Ushahidi has received nearly one hundred thousand reports of incident related to Haiti. The majority of these coming from Twitter. Because crowdsourced information often has varying degrees of accuracy, an application is needed to validate this information in a timely manner, especially for Ushahidi. In order for us to map an incident, we need to know …

One of the things we know about software developers contributing to open source projects is that they don’t have a lot of time. Everyone has their day jobs, their personal projects, their families…in other words life. We like to support a relaxed, but structured atmosphere where there’s things that need to get done but no pressure on any one volunteer dev.

As a group, they tend to like ‘sprints’ where several developers gather to …

A lot is going on behind the scenes for us here at Ushahidi, and though many people think it’s mostly the Ushahidi “core team” doing this work, what success we have had so far can be directly attributed to the quality and number of volunteers involved. This is mappers, translators, programmers, media monitoring, trainers and so many more.

We’re trying to make sure that the Haiti effort is effective, and are at the same time …