INSTALLATION AND BASIC CUSTOMIZATION Anahi Ayala Iacucci [email_address] World Bank Zambia PPCR Mission – November 2010
Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email, web, Twitter, Facebook and voice mail and visualize it on a map or timeline. Ushahidi’s goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response, early warning, development and anything you may have in mind!
Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server.
NOTE: This installation is easy and simple but doesn’t allow you to customize your platform as much as the installation on your server.
STEP 1: Log into your platform from the http://yourdeployment.crowdmap.com/login
If you have the platform hosted on Crowdmap
Or from http://yourdeployment.com/login if you have it installed in your server
NOTE: If you have a crowdmap platform your username is you e-mail address.
Go to Settings STEP 2: From the main admin dashboard go to Settings to start modifying the settings of your deployment
Settings: The Site STEP 3: Insert your Settings and click on Save Settings. Remember that the Twitter Hashtag you will put in the Twitter Search Terms will be the one that people will use to send you communication related to your platform.
Reports is referred to incoming reports, entering the platform as web-submissions and also reports already approved and created by other sources. To approve or delete or verify a report just click on the corresponding word. If the word id green than it means that that action has been already taken.
By clicking on create report you will be sent to a Create Report page where you need to insert all the information relative to that message. This process is the same for E-Mail, Twitter Messages and Voice Mail.
Create Report page is where you will add a title  , description  , category , location. You can also mark if something is “ actionable ” , meaning that it needs an action to be taken, and return to update the report if action is taken.
Check the box next to the category that best fits the topic of the report. Each main category pulls down into sub-categories. Click the “+” next to the main category to access sub-categories. You can choose also more than one category.
If the report contains location information, you will need to find that location on the map either manually (scroll and zoom) or using the “Find Location” search function. See the section of this Manual called “Find the location” for more information on how to map reports.
* If there isn’t enough information to map the report skip the report. You cannot save a report unless it has a location.