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Occasionally, in partnership with others, Ushahidi takes on projects that help test certain applications of the platform in order to improve the tool. Ushahidi will also take on projects on a consultancy basis from time to time; in the unique instance of Liberia, I will be acting as a consultant for Ushahidi, working with partner organizations on the ground to implement Ushahidi as each partner …

[Guest blog post: Ankit Sharma is a Masters student at the Information Systems and Innovation Group at the London School of Economics. He is currently interning with Ushahidi. His interests include studying the role of information and communication technologies in aggregating crisis information and managing crisis response.] The blog post is about the deployment of the Ushahidi platform in Philippines by the Computer Professionals Union (CPU). The deployment named VoteReportPH was … …

One of the features we’re really excited about for the Ushahidi Platform 2.0 release is the plugin system. What exactly is a plugin system anyway? Well, let’s just use an analogy to answer that question.

Let’s pretend that the Ushahidi Platform is a house and adding any new stuff to that house would require electricity. Well, before the plugin system was in place, this house did not have any electrical outlets. Naturally, it could sometimes …

Ushahidi is the name of both the organization (Ushahidi Inc) and the software. This sometimes leads to confusion. So lets elaborate on both.

Ushahidi Inc. is a non-profit tech company. We’ve always been a non-profit tech company. We are not a humanitarian, human rights, media or development organization. Please see our “About” page. The word Ushahidi is Swahili for “witness” or “testimony.” This was the name of the mapping platform we launched to document …

How do we know when an Ushahidi deployment is successful? The answer to this question is no different than with any other project. If a given project has achieved the organization’s (or person’s) clearly stated goal and objectives, then the project is considered successful. If an organization does not specify a goal and set of objectives, then the project cannot be evaluated—or worse, critics will define these themselves and publicly label the project a failure. …

Yesterday we held our very first SwiftRiver 101 which saw an audience of between fifty and sixty people descende upon the iHub to find out the basics of the SwiftRiver platform, as well as technical details like installation, core code and information about Swift APIs and the plugin framework. This included representatives from Google, Datadyne, NDI, Open Street Map and a number of other organizations.

Director/System Architect Jon Gosier and Lead Developer/Technical Architect Matthew Griffiths, …

Following the recent Swift River ‘crash course’ at the iHub, we are planning a similar event for developers interested in getting involved in contributing to Ushahidi. This is the second Ushahidi 101 session the first having primarily focused on Ushahidi from a deployment point of view, this one will focus more on developing the application and contributing to the code base.

To date Ushahidi prides itself in it’s origin as an African innovation …

This week, on Wednesday 16th, we’ll be hosting an in-depth overview of the SwiftRiver software and SwiftRiver Web Services platforms in Nairobi, Kenya. You can register to attend that event (or the live stream) here. Myself, along with Technical Architect and Lead Developer Matthew Griffiths are really looking forward to displaying some of the technical aspects of the work we’ve been doing over the past few months. However, we realize everyone isn’t a …