Github Issues is the new official home for all technical issues/ticketing at Ushahidi. The previously announced migration to Github from the now retired RedMine is complete.

This change was driven by community input requesting us to be more transparent and open in our software development. We’ve also made some changes to help you know the status and priority of an issue. As we’ve often been asked to make it …

[Cross-posted from the MojoLab, by Arjun Venkatraman]

A couple of months ago, while I was visiting Borneo, I was looking at the Swara blog interface and wondering if there was some way to make it more exciting and informative, so that even people who didn’t necessarily want to wade through audio files could still get a clear visual snapshot of the subjects being discussed.



The …

We are very excited to announce a few Ushahidi events and casual meet-ups in the coming months. There will more details on events, including webinars and design jams soon.

Water Hackathon with Pachube and PubLab

Our friends at Pachube and Public Laboratory (Grassroots Mapping) are partnering with us for a Water Hackathon. This event will be focus on how to connect remote sensoring and mapping, specifically for water quality. The …

 

[Guest post by Derri Smith, Executive Director, Underground Justice and Mercy Center, Parent organization for End Slavery Tennessee]

 

I’ve heard it time and time again. Human trafficking doesn’t happen in…my rural area, my district, my zip code. But I’ve seen the faces of local victims. I’ve heard and read their stories about being sold and abused right here in our own backyards.

Crowdmap, matched with the skill and time of a …

Every once in a while I get to write a blog post smiling the whole time. This is one of them, because I’m updating our community on the addition of three incredibly talented individuals to the Ushahidi core team.

Since last year we’ve worked on more external projects. In order to keep some sanity within the platform team, we’re adjusting ourselves to have a team that focuses on external projects, ensuring that our contract …

[Cross-posted from MediaShift: Idea Lab]

One spark and it happens: An individual or a team of people create a deployment using Ushahidi or Crowdmap. Their motivation and the inspiration are telling tales. These citizens, diaspora and a global community collaborate near and far to make change happen. Motivated often by the simple act of giving voice and building momentum for their ideas, most do so without payment.

Who are …

We’re moving technical ticketing, bugs and feature requests to Git Issues using github. RedMine was a good Ushahidi Development (http://dev.ushahidi.com/) home, but Git Issues functionality meets our community needs to commit, plan, collect and comment.

Really, having technical tickets (issues, bugs, features and pull requests) and commits in the same place will help with the two big things: transparency and collaboration. We want to make it easier for you …

Today we are announcing Ushahidi’s Open Source Badges initiative. This project makes it easy for developers to find badge image resources to include in their projects and Ushahidi deployers to create cool badges to award their users. These are badge images in a variety of categories which can be used in Ushahidi or Crowdmap deployments or other services.

These badges are broken down into “badge packs”. For example, the Locations pack is a …

“Kids don’t know where their food is coming from.” We are a society often disconnected from ourselves and our world. Yet, we are more and more connected online. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20 (June 20-22, 2012) plans to renew political commitment to sustainable development and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; …