Volunteer Mappers: The New Age Ham Radio Operators Building Community Resilience Canadian Risks and Hazards Heather Leson Conference @heatherleson CRHnet.email@example.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)
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
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.