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 …

Our Community is Important to us!

IMG_29042014_173121 The Ushahidi community has always been at the heart of what we do.
  • Developers and Designers: Every single line of code you commit to ushahidi goes a long way in improving our software for mappers across the globe. Our last 3 bug fix releases couldn’t have been done without you
  • Translators: You help to globalise our software by making it available in more than 42 languages worldwide
  • Deployers/Users: You share your experiences and lessons learned with us, in turn, teaching other deployers through your experiences
  • Researchers: You help us make sense of data collected, and frame our thinking behind data collection and how to structure our tools and strategies.

We sent out this community survey because we care about what you think, and want to understand how to better serve your needs.

From Citizen Action in the Philippines to Data experiments to Translation help and Open Source Events, we’ve got an action mapped weekly.

Deployment of the Week

Citizen Action in the Philippines are the Deployment of the Week. CANA is all about building citizen action:

More Deployments of the Week.

Also see this work about Mapping Gender Violence in Cambodia.

OSCON and Portland

Angela and I will be …

Lead by Kagonya Awori and Angela Crandall, the dedicated ihub Research team is monitoring and analyzing Dangerous Speech in Kenya with the Umati project. The Umati (the Swahili word for “crowd”) project coincides with the upcoming Kenyan Election and is connected to Ushahidi’s Uchaguzi plans. This groundbreaking research strategy for monitoring could be applied to a multitude situations. Here are some comparative results for October, November and December 2012. Reports will be provided until …

[Guest Post by Alexis Franke, UNDP in Kosovo. Originally published on the UNDP blog.]

Over on the Democracy Spot blog, Tiago Peixoto started a thought-provoking conversation about the impact of websites like I paid a bribe that encourage citizens to report cases of corruption (both the blog post and the comments are well worth a read). How can we assess whether these sites make a difference?

I thought it …

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 …

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. …

[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 …