We performed load testing on two different setups of the latest version of the Ushahidi Platform to see if there was a relatively easy win for greatly improving the scalability of an Ushahidi deployment. We used loadimpact.com, who donated three months of their premium service to us for testing.

In a nutshell, load testing is testing a website to see how many users can access the site at any given point in time. We …

Themes functionality has been a part of the Ushahidi Platform for a while now. It’s an important feature because it enables you easily customize the visual aspect of your deployment. To make an analogy, if your body was the Ushahidi Platform, Themes would be your clothes.

Themes are like clothes for your body. ;)

Let’s continue on with this analogy… As the platform is right now, we have a wardrobe in place, but …

I was gearing up for a trial run of this satellite imagery analysis project for Somalia when my colleague Aaron Huslage decided to launch the Irene Recovery Map. He reached out to various communities for help and many groups  joined him to suppor this efforts. In alphabetical order: CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, GIS Corps, Humanity Road, Info4Disasters, Standby Volunteer Task Force, Tethr and Ushahidi. As usual, we organized ourselves on Skype …

On Crowdmap, we strive to provide our deployers the most up to date, stable features in the Ushahidi Platform. The website is updated often and we don’t always do as well as we could communicating those new features to you.

We will be publishing a series of blogposts highlighting new functionality that you may otherwise miss if you aren’t looking closely. For our first in this series, we are highlighting a new feature added …

The Ushahidi community consists of a diverse group of people who have helped extend, translate and deploy the platform around the world. The Beta version in 2009 was translated into Spanish, even before Swahili. That early adoption and use lay the groundwork for even more adoption in Latin America, and with other deployment partners, we saw uses from India, Kenya, Afghanistan and many others. It is with gratitude that we recognize the organizations that help …

Preparations for the Ushahidi .ke Evaluation launch are running full speed ahead. Jennifer Chan, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and I visited Rukia Sebit and Tobias Ouma of MamaBits, the coordinators of Building Bridges deployment. Building Bridges is a project to encourage people to encourage, map and connect people working on peace initiatives in Kenya. Their work was one of the featured deployments for the evaluation.

Building Bridges

Rukia and Tobias provided …

Join us Saturday, August 27th for an Open Development Community call and a Nairobi Ushahidi Hackathon.

Community Development Open Call

We are restarting the Ushahidi development community open calls and invite you to join a skype chat/ustream call. Our team of developers (Mobile, Swift, and Ushahidi) will be available to answer questions, take your feedback and brainstorm with you on the best ways to open up. This chat will be focused on technical development. …

Since Ushahidi Liberia began over a year ago, our team has been crowdseeding rather than crowdsourcing.  This has been the conscious choice of our 20+ partner organizations in-country, who have trusted field reporters and a shared reluctance about involving the crowd in a context where rumors and mob violence are rampant.  As Liberia nears the presidential election, and prepares for a constitutional referendum next week, the …