Modes

What are modes?

The Ushahidi platform provides you to with modes to not only visualise your data in different ways, but to also manage it.

We designed “modes” for the discrete and specific actions users need to take within the platform, in a bid to make the platform to be more intuitive and action-oriented for different user types on a deployment.

Ordinary viewers of a deployment can access three different modes as shown below:-

  • Map
  • Timeline
  • Activity

Signed in users(with the necessary permissions) can access four different modes as shown below:-

  • Map
  • Timeline
  • Activity
  • Settings

Your ushahidi deployment defaults to the map mode for anyone who visits your homepage(as illustrated above). To change your current mode, select any of the options provided to you from the menu on your left.

Map Mode

This mode displays all published posts on a map.

  • Each post appears as an icon on the map. In the event that you opted to combine nearby posts on your Map settings page (Section 3.3 of this manual), posts adjacent to each other on the map will cluster together, displaying a number denoting number of posts combined.

  • Clicking on each individual post displays a small pop up box with the post title and description.

  • You should also be able to zoom in and out of the map as desired.

  • If there are posts without location data, or Unmapped posts, you can see the number of unmapped posts below the list of surveys on the left side context modal. Clicking on this number will take you to a list of the Unmapped posts.

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Timeline Mode

This mode allows you to view posts coming into your deployment as a chronological list of events over time.

To access this mode,

  • Click on Timeline
  • From here, you should be able to:-
    • Edit posts
    • Add posts to collections
    • Delete posts
    • Navigate to view individual posts

NB: Data displayed on this page is dependent on permissions granted to the user viewing this page


Activity Mode

This mode gives you a summary of how people are interacting with your deployment over time.

You can compare

  • Activity over time

You can filter post count in a line chart over time by:-

  • All posts
  • Categories that the posts belong to
  • Surveys that the posts were submitted to
  • Status i.e whether they’re published or not

You can opt to view your post counts on the graph as cumulative totals.

  • Activity by Volume

You can filter post count in a bar chart over time by:-

  • Categories that the posts belong to
  • Surveys that the posts were submitted to
  • Status i.e whether they’re published or not