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, …

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

In the last blog post, we explored how the architecture of the Ushahidi Platform is radically changing from v2 to v3. In this post, I will detail the different types of objects that make up the new architecture and what their role is within the system.

If …

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.

Slayer aka Kuo-Yu Chuang is a founder of GeoThings, the chair of the OGC Open Geo SMS Standard Working Group, and is also from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). He is also an Ushahidi trusted developer and long standing member of the Ushahidi community. Slayer made an ignite talk at the 5th Annual Crisis mapper's conference(ICCM), held in Nairobi last November, with a focus on his work at GeoThings. GeoThings employs a 2-tiered approach to crowdsourcing for disaster information collection and co-ordination. Here's a video of his presentation below.

Deployment of the Week

This week, we recognise the effort of the team at One De Olho Nas Emendas, who are engaging with citizens in Brasilia to track the effect of amendments of the district’s budget and highlight cases of corruption.

In the News World Disaster Report Released

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies‘ 2013 World Disaster Report was released recently. This report focuses on technology and …

Deployment of the Week

This week, we acknowledge the efforts of the Pantau Pusaka Indonesia team towards providing a platform for citizens to share updates on preservation of endangered heritage.

In the news MAVC Open for business

This last week, the Making All Voices Count team has held events in 3 different african cities to officially open business. They launched in Accra, Johannesburg, and finally in Nairobi. Folks in Jakarta, stay …

[Guest post cross-posted from Ihub Research. About the author: Angela Crandall studies the uptake and increasing utility of ICTs in East Africa from a user’s perspective. Angela is currently a Research Manager at iHub and also co-lead of Waza Experience, an iHub community initiative aimed at prompting under-privileged children to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts grounded in real-world experience.]

iHub Research is pleased to publish the results of our research on developing …

[Guest Post by Patricia Dorsher is the Feedback Labs Launch Editor at Ashoka and James E. Jernberg Public Service Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Feedback Labs is a consortium of like-minded organizations, including Ashoka and Ushahidi, who are committed to citizen engagement in the fields of aid, philanthropy, and development. A previous version of this post was originally published on Feedback Labs on July 31, 2013.]

In feedback loops, …

[Guest post by Sahiba Minhas cross-posted from engageSpark with permission]

Currently, there are as many mobile-cellular subscriptions in the world as there are people, with more than half of the users in the Asia-Pacific region – 3.5 billion of the 6.8 billion total subscriptions (ICT Facts and Figures by International Telecommunication Union ITU). This does not necessarily mean that every person in this world has a mobile phone or that every region has …