This post is the third in a series of articles that will be devoted to explaining the Ushahidi Platform at a technical level for programmers and deployers.

As we saw in the first blog post, Ushahidi Platform is radically changing under the hood, pivoting towards a very strictly defined architecture that enables all of the business logic of the platform to be independently tested, free of details such as the database or the web, …

We are excited to announce yet another bug fix release of the Ushahidi platform dubbed 2.7.4. We knocked out a couple of bugs with this release, including password validation errors, runtime errors in settings and when submitting reports, cached theme settings issues, 2MB file upload limit and much more. One great push that is going into this release is the update on Openlayers to 2.13.1. With this update, Bing maps should now be …

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve rolled out four beta releases, and held different community discussions around what Ushahidi v3 looks like and infrastructural changes within the platform.

Here’s a run down of what we rolled out on v3.0.00-beta.4.

Last Thursday, we hosted yet another discussion around the roadmap to launching Ushahidi v3. We also gave a first look into what the Ushahidi toolkit and guide, which John Crowley and …

This week I am leading a four-part seminar on interest-based negotiation skills at the iHub. The short course is open to Ushahidi team members, m:lab incubatees, and the general iHub community. It builds off of two talks I gave earlier in the summer for the Pivot East and Tech4Africa conferences, but provides much more time for dialogue and a full-blown negotiation simulation. Thanks to the continued support of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation (PON)

Tahrir Sqaure, Egypt during Arab Spring

Every one of the social movements that used the Ushahidi Platform, from disaster response to election monitoring to municipal services, have succeeded because of lowering the barriers for using the platform. While there are key needs across all deployers of the platform, every  movement and every cause has its own unique needs. Enter customizable platforms that enable people with little tech expertise to setup and use a tool that …

(Guest post by Heidi Ellis Professor and Chair of the Computer Science and Information Technology department at Western New England University. She has a long-time interest in computing education and has been supporting student participation in open source software since 2006 and has been PI or Co-PI on three NSF-funded grants in this area. Heidi also writes about students and open source at http://heidiellis.wordpress.com/)

The end of May saw another successful group of faculty members come …

Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.2 release!

In line with our 2 week release cycle, we churn out yet another beta version of Ushahidi today, dubbed Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.2.

This release is NOT ready for production, and remains largely a developer release. However, you can get a sneak peek of what we currently have on our demo site.

What’s changed?

A few improvements have been made since our first beta release