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 …

In a series of blog posts over the past few weeks we have learned about the radical changes under the hood within the Ushahidi Platform, evolving from an initial set of libraries to a whole new set of libraries. Over the past months, as we were building the application, we experienced a series of limitations that brought into question our choice of libraries. So we decided to take what we learned and completely rebuild the …

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

Deployment of the week

This week, we recognise the efforts of the team at Volontaires internationaux en soutien aux opérations virtuelles (VISOV), who are crowdsourcing images of destruction and aid deployment in the wake of the Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines. This deployment, much like all other efforts being ran out there, will go a long way in helping to alleviate the suffering of the Filipino people.

Deployment of the Week

This week, we applaud the efforts of Vultures Namibia to conserve rare species of vultures in Namibia by reporting their re-sightings and recovery!

Vote for Ushahidi

Ushahidi has been nominated for the HiiL Innovating Justice awards, as an innovative justice initiative making a difference in the world. Help us out by voting here!

Events OKFN data expedition in Bangladesh

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There is power in data. Data can tell important stories, from which politicians are corrupt to which corporations are breaking the law. However, like any good story its power is dependent on being compelling to audiences — being a page-turner.

Take a look at the table above that I got from Google Images through a quick search. I have not read the article or book that this table came from, I don’t know …

Deployment of the week

We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US.

Tech Tools for Emergencies

The recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi shook all of us to the core. Thankfuly, all members of the Ushahidi Kenya team and their families are safe. …

Happy week! There are updates for both SMSSync and ios – get your mobile fix! We also are happy to share Crowdmap API updates and another sneak peak at the UI for Ushahidi 3.0. And, we want to recognize some map projects from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Focusing on Maps in Africa

Determining the Deployment of the Week is a often a challenge. While every effort is remarkable, we had a tough community …