We’re extremely pleased to finally announce version 2.0 (Luanda) of the Ushahidi platform. This release marks the end of many months of work on new functionality and bug fixes based on feedback we’ve received.

Highlights of Ushahidi 2.0

1. Plugins

The plugin system is something we’ve been working on for many months now, and we talked about it briefly back in July. This system allows us to do two things; First, …

This is a guest blogpost by Julie Owino and Archippe Yepmou, some of the team members behind Wonzomai.

The Ushahidi platform was deployed during the first round of the presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire which happened on 31 October 2010. Implemented under the name of Wonzomai (Sentry in Bété, Ivory Coast Local language), the project gathers teams from Ivorian NGO Akendewa and from the French NGO Internet Without Borders

This is a guest blogpost from Nick Doiron. He is a civil engineering student and GIS programmer in his senior year at Carnegie Mellon University. For CrisisCamp DC, he also developed an offline mapping activity which can display Ushahidi data on the OLPC XO laptop.

The Ushahidi platform is based on reports from specific places and times, so mapping items such as realtime sensors, position, or analytics poses a challenge. Consider …

SMSsync - a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility from Ushahidi

SMSsync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility. It turns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway that syncs to the web.

SMSsync supports filtering text messages by keywords and can transmit the text message to a configured callback URL via HTTP POST request. We already used this internally in the Ushahidi Android app, and we decided that it …

With the generous support of The ICT4Peace Foundation, Ushahidi was able to develop a custom plugin to assist the administrators of deployments to analyze and verify information. The plugin takes into account the feedback and suggestions provided by ICT4Peace, owing to its extensive experience in peace building, crisis management and humanitarian aid.

What does the plugin do?

It provides a information qualification mechanism.

Messaging to the public submitting the information needs …

The Sudan VoteMonitor project has published its final report (PDF) covering results, experiences and lessons learnt from reporting on Sudan’s first general elections in 26 years in April 2010.

The project, one of the latest Ushahidi implementations in Africa was led by the US based Sudan Institute for Research and Policy (SIRP)  and Sudan based Asmaa Society for Development, in collaboration with other Sudanese civil society organizations (CSO’s) who deployed certified election …

Ushahidi platform is probably Kenya’s biggest export since 2008; I can not think of any other product that has attracted interest from such a cross section of media like Ushahidi has. If the the ministry of tourism was paying for adverts, they would have paid lots of money for the airtime received.

For many people, Ushahidi is mainly a humanitarian tool but that notion is slowly changing. Ushahidi can also be used to generate income, …