As Ushahidi adoption has grown, so has the problem of discoverability of Crowdmaps. In the guidelines for crowdsourcing, emphasis is made on multipronged strategy of not just setting up the Crowdmap, but also finding ways to let the intended audience know about the goals of your Crowdmap and how to report. This is because the base platform provides several channels of participation which can be set by the administrator as they see fit, and …

The Ushahidi platform would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the amazing support of the Ushahidi community. Members of the community continuously improve the open source software, deploy the technology in truly inspiring ways and share invaluable feedback with the Ushahidi team. So we’ve decided to launch an “Official Ushahidi Partner” Badge and a “Trusted Developer” Badge to recognize some of the most active members of the community.

On the 8th of July 2011 the Government of Kenya launched a new Open Government Data Portal that will for the first time make several large government data sets available to researchers and the general public. The data will be available online in a flexible, user-friendly platform that will allow data users to view different data (including the national census data) at national, province, and county levels, compare different data sets, create maps and …

Crossposted from ICT4Peace Site.

Ushahidi and the ICT4Peace Foundation have agreed to jointly develop an enhanced ICT4Peace Crisis Information Management Platform Demonstrator (CIMD), based on Ushahidi’s existing platform and as deployed e.g. in Libya including further upgrades such as the ‘Luanda’ version of the Ushahidi platform and based of specifications provided by ICT4Peace.

The new generation of crowd sourced crisis information management tools have made extraordinary progress in proving valuable information to decision …

For so long we’ve needed a “champion of the user-side” in Ushahidi. We’re deeply focused on the tech here, and we realized last year that the community of deployers needed someone who could work with them – someone that was dedicated to their needs and acting as a go-between for them to the Ushahidi core team. After months of searching and talking to candidates, we found someone that we love and know is going to …

Ushahidi and other crowdsourced projects have shown just how useful it is to enable ordinary people to use the tools that they already use everyday to report what is happening around them. But the success of these tools can be overwhelming if we don’t have a way to weed out irrelevant, spammy or fictitious reports from the relevant ones. As repressive governments, spammers and others learn more about the technology and its weaknesses, and as …

iLab Liberia was bustling last week with Ushahidi Liberia and Google’s event, “New Tech at Work: Planning for Liberia’s Elections and Beyond.”  The event was broken into two sections – a two-day session at iLab and a public one-day session at the delicious and spacious PA’s Ribhouse (good bbq and a big hall – what else is there?).  Here’s a bit about what we covered and how it went.

The idea behind these events was …