Happy Halloween! Hopefully, you’ve had your candy fill for the day. In the weekly report, we’ve got a Hurricane Sandy map update as well as a new code from the community: WMS Layers Plugin.

Into the Code:

Congratulations and thanks go out to Community members – Seth Kigen and Robert Buckley. Seth has released a WMS Layers plugin. It supports Ushahidi versions 2.5/2.6. (Currently, this plugin is not available on Crowdmap.) This functionality has …

The Kenya Ushahidi Evaluation Project was 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation. The full evaluation project conducted by Jennifer Chan (Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, NorthWestern University, Associated Faculty at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) and Melissa Tully (Assistant Professor, University of Iowa) started with research resulted in the creation of case studies and Ushahidi toolboxes.

Every day we share the Ushahidi …

As the North Eastern coast of the US and Canada prepare for Hurricane Sandy, so has the crisismapping community. Citizens helping citizens during emergencies is important. We hope that you are safe and prepared. From the Google Crisis Response map, you can see the storm’s progression.

Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing best practice feedback with the individual mappers on behalf of the Ushahidi team. One thing that we like …

[Cross-posted from Maurits van der Vlugt's blog Spatial Information in the 21st Century]

This week, Bushfire Connect closed up shop, after more than two years collecting and sharing Australian bushfire information and alerts with local communities.

The official statement is here. In this post, I’m sharing some personal views and experiences.

How it started
During my exploration of the application of Social Media in Emergency Management in …

Community and code – can this week be any better! In the weekly, we are proud to recognize some amazing community leaders, announcing even more new code (who needs sleep?) and, finally, share some upcoming events including an IDEO hackathon.

From the Community Announcing Community Leaders

Our community is growing globally. We want to talk a moment to extend our thanks to the some of the community leaders who continue to make this possible. …

Word by phrase by string. Each language or localization for Ushahidi software requires word by word translation. Using Transifex, our community has had great progress in increasing the localization. Sometimes a language set is championed by a strong individual like Jaume Fortuny for Catalan or Juergen Eichholz for German. Other times, it is a collective effort by a group of people or even some amazing organizations. We are delighted to support

Research can and should inform software development. The Kenya Ushahidi Evaluation Project was 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation. The full evaluation project conducted by Jennifer Chan (Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, NorthWestern University, Associated Faculty at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) and Melissa Tully (Assistant Professor, University of Iowa) started with research and included the creation of case studies and Ushahidi toolboxes. …

One of the most exciting things about the next major release of the Ushahidi platform, Version 3, is the opportunity it presents to build the software all over again; but with the knowledge that’s come from using and developing the platform with our community these past four years.

So when we set out to define how Version 3 would be different, we started in May by asking those who use it most: …

Mark your calendars, on Monday, October 22nd we’ll hold our next Community Developer call to dig deeper into details about the Ushahidi version 3 release. The weekly is full of Usahhidi news from ICCM, RHOK, Colombia Simulation mappers, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and more.

Community news: EQNZ up for award

Congratulations to the EQNZ team for their New Zealand Open Source Awards nomination for People’s Choice. Voting is open until October 26th. …