[Guest post: Maria Grabowski Kjær is a MSc student in Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with a fundamental interest in social change and human rights. She is currently working towards her thesis, exploring how deployers use Ushahidi to organize and communicate, with interest in how the online and offline 'feed' into each other. Alongside her studies, Maria works as managing web editor of a Danish environmental organization, Forests of the World. She …

From Swift to Hack, here’s the Ushahidi Weekly: The SwiftRiver team gave a demo during our monthly Developer Community Call. We’re participating in Random Hacks of Kindness and the Free Election Hackathons.

From the Community:

Women Under Siege was featured in the medical journal: The Lancet.

The Water Voices team created this video to highlight their project plans:


Deployment of the Week for May 25th:

Ushahidi was honored to receive the 2012 Global Adaptation Index  (GAIN) Prize for our work developing and democratizing digital tools for crowdsourcing and visualization information. Our community has created fantastic maps such as energyshortage.org, thaifloods.com, and costofchicken.crowdmap.com, to map energy flows, flooding, and food price fluctuation. The problems created by climate change can surface in many ways, from rising tides …

[Guest post by Francesco Bartoli. Francesco is the founder at Geobeyond Srl and a geospatial technologist who fosters innovation technology to Geographic Information System and Spatial Data Infrastructure. He is advocate of Open Source, Open Government, Open Data development where also acts as OGC standards and INSPIRE advisor to assisting business programs at largest extent of interoperability and cooperation.]


Avalanches are a serious problem for mountaineers during their tours in the wilderness …

Last month I presented the first results of the WikiSweeper project, an ethnographic research project to understand how Wikipedia editors track, evaluate and verify sources on rapidly evolving pages of Wikipedia, the results of which will inform ongoing development of the SwiftRiver (then Sweeper) platform. Wikipedians are some of the most sophisticated managers of online sources and we were excited to learn how they collaboratively decide which sources to use and which to …

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Patrick Meier for the past 3 years directly as one of the core Ushahidi team members. He’s become a close friend, and someone that I respect even more than when we first met. Leading our CrisisMapping endeavors, he’s been one of the most visible members of the organization as many of you will have seen or heard him speak in a conference around the world. In fact, …