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Building community resilience with citizen media

Building community resilience with citizen media
Canadian Risks and Hazards Conference
October 18, 2011
Presented by Heather Leson, Director of Community Engagement, Ushahidi

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Volunteer Mappers: Building community resilience with citizen media Volunteer Mappers: Building community resilience with citizen media Presentation Transcript

  • Volunteer Mappers: The New Age Ham Radio Operators Building Community Resilience Canadian Risks and Hazards Heather Leson Conference @heatherleson CRHnet.cahleson@ushahidi.com October 19, 2011
  • 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
  • History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initiallydeveloped to map reports of violence in Kenya after post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
  • Citizen Media December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views April 2011 - a lot reportsHelp bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Engaging citizens to help design a better New York City harassmap.com bit.ly/ushahidi_pps
  • Election Monitoring May 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election in India Monitor Kenya referendum election votereport.in uchaguzi.co.ke
  • Disaster Response March 2011 - 8,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2011 - 99,772 reports, 469,744 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan Monitor the flooding in Australia sinsai.info/ushahidi queenslandfloods.crowdmap.com
  • Citizens are Responders (Photos of the Kenyan Railway Museum)
  • Who? Organizations, non-profits, media, private sector, informal networks, citizens
  • HOW?
  • Plan DesignCommunicate Collect Verify Analyze Visualize Evaluate Iterate
  • Crowdmap Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment ofUshahidi ‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your own web server. crowdmap.com
  • Ushahidi or CrowdmapSo much Information
  • Data Types Output Methods Input Methods CitizenGenerated Map SMSNews Media Email Web Form Timeline API UshahidiNGO data Short Code SMS Alerts or Layers Crowdmap RSSGovernment Mobile Apps RSS Twitter FacebookPublic APIs Email MASAS Flickr YouTube Twitter So much Information
  • Use all the Channels Data can be imported and exported. Layers can be added. Yes we have an API. All of this data can flow to MASAS.
  • iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
  • SMSSyncSMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, that turns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway that sends incoming messages to any Ushahidi deployment. smssync.ushahidi.com
  • Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”. bit.ly/checkins_purpose
  • Stand-By Task Force (SBTF) “We are the people who map for three hours at night instead of watching TV. We are the people who wake up early before work, log into Skype and add a few reports to the map.” - Heather Leson, SBTF volunteer standbytaskforce.com
  • http://eq.org.nz
  • sinsai.info
  • Libya Crisis The Libya Crisis Map deployed by request ofUN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) libyacrisismap.net
  • http://vtirene.crowdmap.com
  • http://epic.cs.colorado.edu/?pag_id=11
  • skfloods.ca
  • skfloods.ca
  • Communities and Cities(photo by Frank Lemire)
  • chicagosnow.crowdmap.com
  • fixyourstreet.ie
  • huduma.info
  • Mapping Mukuru by Ground Truth using OpenStreetMaphttp://mapkibera.org/
  • Lessons• Use all the available communication channels. Your citizens will.• Build capacity in advance. Train. Exercise.• Learn from the global models.• Trust your citizens, your staff.• You have advocates in your community.• The Internet is not going away: APIs and layers are your friends.
  • Questions?ushahidi.com crowdmap.com
  • Resources• http://community.ushahidi.com/research/• http://irevolution.net/• http://www.undispatch.com/disaster-relief-2-0-what-the-un-could-not-hav-done-without-the-volunteer- technical-community• http://hub.nethope.org/2011/09/what-ict%E2%80%99s-role-in-the-pakistan-floods-means-for- emergency-preparedness/• http://www.scribd.com/doc/69178713/HurricaneIrenesocialmediaAAR-v2• http://epic.cs.colorado.edu/?pag_id=11• http://crisismappers.net/• http://members.standbytaskforce.com/• http://gwob.org/• http://crisiscommons.org/• http://www.rhok.org/• http://mapkibera.org/
  • Thank you!