As many fans and supporters of Ushahidi recall, the Ushahidi−Haiti Project raised the profile of crisis mapping to a new level.  It demonstrated the potential of crowdsourced maps for targeted disaster response to a broad and empowered  audience and provided a useful foundational model for the international community to leverage and improve upon in advance of future emergencies.

To many outside the core team of volunteers working day and night for weeks out of …

[Guest blog post by Heather Leson, cross-posted from Text on Techs]

Paul Jones believes that a map can change the world – starting with Honduras. A third year McMaster University medical student, Paul has taken two tours with the medical brigades in Honduras. In the past month, he has developed a unique Crowdmap providing visual story of Honduras hospitals and the rise of Dengue outbreak. I’m posting his story because he needs …

[Guest blog post by Anonymous]

Two months ago I started working on a project hosted by the Development and Institutionalization Support Center “DISC” in Cairo on the use of the Ushahidi platform to monitor the upcoming parliamentary election 2010. Despite the pessimism and the despair about the political situation in the country, the undercurrent of digital activism is tangible

The use of social media and Facebook in particular is increasingly enabling …

This is a guest blogpost by Andrés Azpúrua of Voto Joven

Caracas, Venezuela:
The Reports Map has the intention of collecting all the irregularities that arise in the campaign, with the goal of showing the conditions that will be taken throughout the next elections, irregularities will be received during the elections via the website, twitter, phone calls, and more.

The youth organization Voto Joven, that has been working to motivate …

For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure to work with Ushahidi to gather feedback from people all over the world who have put the platform to work. I’ve found it incredibly inspiring to learn about their implementations and see how Ushahidi has evolved in response to their needs.

Hearing what works, what doesn’t, what is missing and what could be improved is essential to the ongoing development of Ushahidi. Feedback also plays an important …

The Ushahidi community has been the main driver for the platform’s success. Here is an opportunity for fans, friends and Ushahidians everywhere to take part in a project that gives an added chance to Ushahidi deployments in the hardest hit areas of the world.

During a crisis situation, groups looking to use Ushahidi often need additional support beyond the software itself e.g. paying for hosting, supporting volunteers, SMS costs, etc. To this end, we’re …

Creating an ecosystem of early warning and response actors in Liberia necessitates involvement from various levels of that system – local civil society organizations, international NGOs, the UN, government ministries, the national police and armed forces.  Our team on the ground has spent much of the first couple months meeting with international NGOs (of which there are more than 70 based in Monrovia alone) and the UN – key players in this multi-layered approach to …

[This guest blog post is by Janet Gunter, a Global Voices Online Author, and adviser to the Eleitor 2010 team]

School children being told to chant candidates’ names by their teachers. Civil servants getting sacked for not campaigning for their political bosses. Zinc roofing being traded for votes. The public wholesaling of voters’ personal data to campaigners. Death threats to those who denounce electoral crimes.

Welcome to the unpleasant side of Brazilian electioneering.

These …

[Cross-posted from PakReport Blog, written by Jaro Valuch of Konpa Group]

It was clear pretty early after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 that the disaster was exceptional in the scale of destruction as well as it was exceptional in the scale and type of response it triggered. Particularly unprecedential was the response from tech and crisis mapping community.

I was a part of the team that deployed haiti.ushahidi.com platform …