Its been 4 years since the first Ushahidi manual was announced and released. Anahi Ayala Iacucci,Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, who’s worked on several Ushahidi deployments, did an amazing job of taking the initiative to provide Ushahidi users a step by step guide on how to use the platform through this document. It has served as the basis for a lot of the training work I have done in the past. Alot has changed on the Ushahidi platform since the year 2011, and we’ve tried our best to make sure this is documented on our wiki. However, we recognise the need of having all this information aggregated into one single document, which is a big reason why the Ushahidi manual was written in the first place. [caption id="attachment_17021" align="alignnone" width="587"]Courtesy of https://xkcd Courtesy of https://xkcd[/caption] I took some time in the last month to update and adapt this manual based on content provided from the first version of the by Anahi(to whom we are extremely grateful), the Ushahidi Wiki, and provide new content from features that were previously undocumented for Ushahidi version 2.7.4, with the help of the Ushahidi team. Download it here. Much like the first version, this manual contains the following sections:-
  • An installation guide, as well as instructions on how to use Crowdmap Classic
  • Customizing your deployment - Guiding you on how to modify settings etc
  • Processing the Incoming information: Guiding you on how to manage messages and reports
  • The User Interface: Guiding you on how to use the front end of your deployment
This is just a technical guide on navigating through the Ushahidi platform. We highly recommend going through the Ushahidi toolkits, aside from this technical guide, for insights on strategic planning around your deployment. Feedback is welcome, as always. We want to make sure that this guide will be useful, so feel free to reach out to us if there are any changes or additions to be made. TRANSLATORS: Would you be interested in helping get this document translated into your own language? Get in touch with me via angela AT ushahidi DOT com. As we look towards v3, we’re making concerted effort to improve our documentation practices and look forward to sharing work done by John Crowley and Jennifer Chan over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for updates!