[We're excited about some of the great new products, redesign and tweaks coming out in 2011 for Crowdmap, as well as the SwiftRiver and Ushahidi platforms. This post will give you a taste of what's coming in early 2011.]

Earlier this year we launched Crowdmap.com, a website that allows anyone to create their own ad-hoc mapping communities around whatever topics are important to them. Then someone described our mapping platform as “checkins

That was fun! I was in France watching news about the impending blizzard. Ryan Ozimek from PICnet was sitting in Lake Tahoe. Ryan and his team had partnered with the Washington Post earlier this year to map the cleanup efforts after a massive snow storm hit DC. They used an Ushahidi platform and called the project Snowmageddon. So I sent Ryan an email about cloning the DC map to spin off Snowmageddon

[This is a guest blogpost by Robert Olejnick of Pretius. He, Jakub Górnicki and his team in Poland participated in BridgeCamp 2010, where they shared their improvements to the platform, and their experience with using the platform in Poland. They were instrumental in translating the platform into Polish]

Floods are unpredictable and when it happens it proceeds quickly, there is always not enough time to prepare for that and to provide enough …

[Guest blog by Angela Clark who founded EveryMap and www.Streetcorner.com.au, a Sydney hyper local news network where can locals and politicians report their own news.  Angela was previously Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Radio Network and Managing Director of JCDecaux Australia Pty Limited. She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.]

I first have to declare that the idea of using Ushahidi to empower local Australian communities was not my own …

Ushahidi is a platform for mapping & visualizing data geo-spatially. SwiftRiver is a platform that powers a number apps for for curating and adding context to real-time data feeds. SwiftRiver’s Sweeper app is one of these applications, designed to optimize user time by add intelligent curation tools and filters to help Ushahidi users manage information. It’s the buffer for groups who want to cut down noise from the …

In 2010 the Ushahidi community managed to shift the way information flows in this world, just a little bit, and these repercussions will be felt for a long time to come. This year has been an exciting year for the Ushahidi organization, with major upgrades in the platform(s), greater visibility globally and amazing deployments around the world.

This was a year of focusing on architectural upgrades and changes, as well as getting SwiftRiver …

[Guest blog post by Isabella Bellera, a lawyer Lawyer and human rights activist in Venezuela. She has been involved with different organizations that have came out of the Venezuelan Student Movement,  such as "A world without censorship", Fundacion Futuro Presente and Defiende Tu Voto. Isabella and her team are planning to use Ushahidi for the 2012 elections in Venezuela. Here she shares lessons learned from the previous elections]

How we started

The …

Focus group with Liberia's civil society leaders

In the five months since our team began implementing the Ushahidi platform in Liberia, we have been constantly learning.  Whether it’s from our partner organizations, the frequent power outages or our own expectations, we’ve cobbled together some lessons that we realize aren’t worth much unless they’re shared.

To provide some context before diving in, here’s a synopsis of our latest activities:

-       There are now 15 customized …