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What is Ushahidi?   Open source software for information collection,       visualization and interactive mapping.     We b...
History  "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili,     was a website that was initially developed        to map repo...
“If it works in Africa,it can work anywhere”    - Erik Hersman, co-founder of Ushahidi            whiteafrican.com
Election MonitoringMay 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views      August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporti...
Citizen Journalism  December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views                May 2010 - 3397 reports, 406,715 viewsHelp b...
Disaster ResponseMarch 2011 - 4,000+ reports, 144,974 views       January 2010 - 3,584 reports, 500,000 viewsMonitor fallo...
Post Haiti“The 2010 Haiti earthquake response will be remembered as the momentwhen the level of access to mobile andonline...
CrowdmapCrowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of Ushahidi‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your o...
PluginsFlexible plugin architecture allowing custom functionalityto be developed independently from the core application. ...
SMSSync  SMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, thatturns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway thatsends inco...
Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional    photo and description, sharing “I am here”.           ...
iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad               bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
Stand-By Task Force (SBTF)     “We are the people who map for three hours at night   instead of watching TV. We are the pe...
Egyptian Revolution    “The use of social media and Facebook in particular is increasinglyenabling the youth to engage in ...
Egypt Election Map “To monitor the elections byallowing people to send SMS,Twitter messages, Facebookcomments, voice mail,...
Civil Resistance Map “They say that history is written by   the victors. But now, before thevictors win, there is a fresh ...
Constitutional Amendments Map                               #19mar          u-shahid.org/19mar
Other Egypt Maps
Libya CrisisThe Libya Crisis Map deployed by request of UN Office  for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)        ...
Libya Information Flow       libyacrisismap.net
Lessons     Crowdsourcing   platform must be     easy to deploy,    intuitive to use,   simple to localize     and customi...
Deployments
VolunteerTranslators                             MappersDevelopers                              Testers              ushah...
Team
Quote“We are undergoing a major technology paradigm shift.   Citizens that were once only passive recipients of    informa...
Questions?ushahidi.com     crowdmap.com
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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenyaafter post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
  3. 3. “If it works in Africa,it can work anywhere” - Erik Hersman, co-founder of Ushahidi whiteafrican.com
  4. 4. Election MonitoringMay 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election Monitor Kenya referendum election votereport.in uchaguzi.co.ke
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Post Haiti“The 2010 Haiti earthquake response will be remembered as the momentwhen the level of access to mobile andonline communication enabled a kind of collective intelligence to emerge.” - Disaster Relief 2.0, the United Nations “Haiti showed everyone that it is going to be crucial to adopt and use these technologies to make humanitarian work better, faster and more efficient.” - Adele Waugaman, senior director of technology for United Nations and Vodafone bit.ly/disaster_20
  8. 8. CrowdmapCrowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of Ushahidi‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your own web server. crowdmap.com
  9. 9. PluginsFlexible plugin architecture allowing custom functionalityto be developed independently from the core application. apps.ushahidi.com
  10. 10. SMSSync SMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, thatturns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway thatsends incoming messages to any Ushahidi deployment. smssync.ushahidi.com
  11. 11. Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”. bit.ly/checkins_purpose
  12. 12. iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
  13. 13. 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. We are the people who may drop everything to map for four days. We are communications and friends.” - Heather Leson, SBTF volunteer standbytaskforce.com
  14. 14. Egyptian Revolution “The use of social media and Facebook in particular is increasinglyenabling the youth to engage in a political scene that normally opts for the physical elimination of the opposition. Blogs and Facebook groups areclearly taking the place made empty by the lack of a real political debate inEgypt, and are more increasingly emerging as an alternative political scene where a discussion on democracy and human rights is still possible.” - Development and Institutionalization Support Center (DISC) u-shahid.org
  15. 15. Egypt Election Map “To monitor the elections byallowing people to send SMS,Twitter messages, Facebookcomments, voice mail, e-mail and web-submission to the U-Shahid (Anta Shahid – “You witness” in Arabic) and by creating a combined system of bounded and unbounded crowdsourcing.” - Development and Institutionalization Support Center (DISC) #u_shahid u-shahid.org/live
  16. 16. Civil Resistance Map “They say that history is written by the victors. But now, before thevictors win, there is a fresh chanceto scream out, with a text messagethat will not vanish. What we would know about what passed between Turks and Armenians, between Germans and Jews — and indeed would it have happened at all — if each of them had had a chance to declare and be heard saying: ʻI was here, and this is what happened to me?ʼ” - Anand Giridharadas, New York Times journalist #jan25 u-shahid.org/cr
  17. 17. Constitutional Amendments Map #19mar u-shahid.org/19mar
  18. 18. Other Egypt Maps
  19. 19. Libya CrisisThe Libya Crisis Map deployed by request of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) libyacrisismap.net
  20. 20. Libya Information Flow libyacrisismap.net
  21. 21. 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, Rogue Genius slidesha.re/ushahidi_lessons
  22. 22. Deployments
  23. 23. VolunteerTranslators MappersDevelopers Testers ushahidi.com/contact-us
  24. 24. Team
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Questions?ushahidi.com crowdmap.com
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