Ushahidi = TestimonyBorn out of the post-election violence in Kenya in2008, used to map reports of violence and peaceefforts throughout the country. TV was realtime fail.
What is Ushahidi? Open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.Platform Community Movement ushahidi.com
Prototype 1 "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a mashup that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenyaafter post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
Citizen reporting is about people telling stories oftheir location. And of ﬁnallyhaving a say in what stories get told about their location Wambura Kimunyu
We build tools for democratizinginformation, increasing transparency andlowering the barriers for individuals to sharetheir stories.We’re a disruptive organization that iswilling to take risks in the pursuit of changingthe traditional way that information ﬂows inthe world.openness | innovation | community
Quote“We are undergoing a major technology paradigm shift. Citizens that were once only passive recipients of information, are now contributors to the story. In the case of crisis mapping, its the people on the ground that best know the local situation. Enabling a two-way conversation between affected communities and support groups can allow a faster, more effective response.The key point is that affected groups have a voice, we only need to listen.” -Dale Zak, Ushahidi mobile developer
Disaster ResponseMarch 2011 - 4,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2010 - 3,584 reports, 500,000 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis Allowed Haitians to report location and needs sinsai.info/ushahidi haiti.ushahidi.com
Election Monitoring September 2011- 238 reports August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election, radio ads with Monitor Kenya referendum election SMS short code number bantuwatch.org uchaguzi.co.ke
Citizen Journalism December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views May 2010 - 3397 reports, 406,715 viewsHelp bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Document human and ecological impact of the oil spill harassmap.com oillspill.labucketbrigade.org
Community Use By the City / For the City (NYC)Integration of social media into placemaking practices, Fix Your Street (Dublin, Ireland) which are community centered, encouraging public South Dublin County Council takes reports about participation, collaboration and transparency. road conditions, litter and drainage. urbandesignweek.org ﬁxyourstreet.ie
Participatory Mapping cc Flickr: junipermarie/
WaterTracker.afPhoto by Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (SWSS) Project
Lessons Crowdsourcing platform must be easy to deploy, intuitive to use, simple to localize and customize “A map is only asuseful as the process and people to make it happen.”-George Chamales, Konpa Group slidesha.re/ushahidi_lessons
Data Needs Relevance Drive demand - bring people to the data Close the feedback loop Perhaps it’s good to have the infrastructure of feedback loops just a bitvisible now, before they disappear into our environments altogether, so thatthey can serve as a subtle reminder that we have something to change, that we can do better—and that the tools for doing better are rapidly, ﬁnally, turning up all around us. Thomas Goetz, Wired.