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. …

Ushine is a tool created by the Data Science for Social Good Fellows. Nathan Leiby, Kayla Jacobs, Kwang-Sun Jim and Elena Evena joined Emmanuel Kala, our community and network to dive into data cleaning and data analysis to assist Ushahidians and others on their data missions. The created tool is possible to use with Ushahidi or, with some code mashing, other software. Emmanuel Kala also created an Ushahidi plugin building on the collective braining.

Today …

This past week has been a trying one for many communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. From Haiti, Cuba and North Eastern USA. The Ushahidi community assisted remotely whenever they could. Our team shared resources and helped new mappers get going with our technology. There are gaps ofcourse, Ushahidi do not have a dedicated call center/tech support section to serve each and every new mapper, but we made do with what we can. A summary of …

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 …

[Guest post: Cam Macdonell is an Instructor of Computer Science at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. He completed his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2011 and began teaching at Grant MacEwan in September, 2011.]

In September, I began teaching my first upper-level University course at Grant MacEwan University. Having taken some (and heard about some other) lack-lustre undergrad Software Engineering courses, I really wanted to make this course practical, …

[Guest Blog post by Ryan Lanclos, ESRI, originally appeared on the ESRI Site.]

This week several members of our team attended the 3rd International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) that was held in Geneva, Switzerland and we were blown away by the turn out (Follow #ICCM on Twitter). This community has grown substantially over the last 3 years – when we attended the first conference held in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2009 …

[Guest blog post by Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from Tawain's Industrial Technology Research Institute, ITRI.]

I’m Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from ITRI, a government funded research institute in Taiwan. We developed an open standard for exchanging location information via SMS among mobile devices called Open GeoSMS, which has currently been adapted officially by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Several use cases of this standard are shown with the following video:

Join us Saturday, August 27th for an Open Development Community call and a Nairobi Ushahidi Hackathon.

Community Development Open Call

We are restarting the Ushahidi development community open calls and invite you to join a skype chat/ustream call. Our team of developers (Mobile, Swift, and Ushahidi) will be available to answer questions, take your feedback and brainstorm with you on the best ways to open up. This chat will be focused on technical development. …