This is a quick infographic I made while thinking about a phenomenon that often occurs around Ushahidi deployments. You can sort of think of this as a ‘spectrum of interest’ over the life of a disaster or crisis event. I’ve mulled this over for a while, but the idea for the graphic came on a call this morning with Steven Longmire, Catherine Graham and Nicholas Bartlett (from GeoOp) who wanted to discuss …

[Guest blog post by Syria Tracker]

Syria Tracker is a crowdsourced effort developed by individuals concerned about the harm inflicted upon civilians in Syria. Reporters are reporting crimes in Syria either via direct web entry, by sending reports via email to syriatracker@gmail.com, or by tagging their tweets with #basharcrimes. Additionally, recently we’ve adopted Speak2Tweet service; developed by Google in light of the recent events in Egypt, to accept calls from Syria where …

I was recently invited to speak at this year’s Com.Geo conference, to participate as part of panel titled “Expanding GeoWeb to an Internet of Things”. As the name describes, it was about using the internet of things concept in real-world scenarios to augment user experience. This is a cross-post from http://gosdot.com.

QR Codes, also known as 2Dimensional barcodes, are evolving as part of an emerging trend called ‘the internet of things’ which …

Setting up a technology center requires more than computers, connectivity, and enthusiasm.  This is worth saying out loud because we at Ushahidi Liberia underestimated just how much more was needed to get iLab Liberia up and running.

Here are a few of the must-haves we discovered in setting up this tech lab – we’d love to hear yours!

Must-have #1: great signage

Did you know you need flashy signs that can be seen from far …

[Cross-posted from Patrick Meier's blog iRevolution]

I’m excited to be nearing the completion of my dissertation research. As regular iRevolution readers will know, the second part of my dissertation is a qualitative and comparative analysis of the use of the Ushahidi platform in both Egypt and the Sudan. As part of this research, I am carrying out some content analysis of the reports mapped on U-Shahid and 

[Cross-posted from Frank Ostermann's blog GeoSocialite]

Dinosaurs?

“Did you see Aldo, Ugo, Luca, Maria or Anna? If so, then send us a text message, reporting which dinosaur you saw, and where. If you spot all five of them, you’ll win a small reward. ” – That was the teaser line with which we tried to lure people into our experiment.  What experiment, you ask? Well, there’s the occasion of the Open Day of the 

A few weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa, I gave a talk about distributed collaboration (crowdsourcing) and social currency. The general idea is that very little of what makes such collaboration work has to do with technology.

People have made all sorts of remarks over the years about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the Ushahidi platform because that’s where it’s often perceived the most value is. But the value often isn’t in the …

[Guest blog post by Peter van der Windt, PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University focusing on Africa. Peter has been directly involved in Voix des Kivus from the start in 2009 when he presented the project (see video) at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM 2009). More on Peter's research, teaching and background available here.]

Voix des Kivus

A crowd-seeding system in Eastern Congo that uses cell phones to …

Over the year and half working with Ushahidi on the SwiftRiver project, I’ve thought a lot about the subject of crowdsourcing. Not so much the how, but the how. (I suppose the pseudo-science of crowdsourcing would be a fitting subtitle.) Partly because it’s part of my job to help prevent ‘the gaming of the system’ within Ushahidi deployments, but partly because it’s become a subject I’m obsessed with.

So rather than continue to …

Today we enabled the Facebook Social plugin on Crowdmap, our free hosting solution for the Ushahidi Platform. It adds Facebook comments to reports so Facebook users are able to have a richer experience when interacting with your deployment.

If you are a Crowdmap user, it’s very easy to enable Facebook comments on your deployment. Just log into your admin panel and click on “Addons” and then click on “Activate” next to the Facebook Social …