How to Help with Ushahidi

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Ushahidi crowdsources crisis information.
http://www.ushahidi.com/

At CrisisCamp Toronto, we created this step-by-step guide to help anyone get involved. We volunteered on Saturday, February 27, 2010 for the Earthquake in Chile and the Pacific Rim Tsunami.

To learn more about CrisisCamp and Crisis Commons, see our website: http://crisiscommons.org/

Thanks for reading and please share. Maybe you or someone you know can help.

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  • Looks great Heather!! No one ever wants a disaster, but they do happen. Great tool to help people affected by the disaster.

    Thanks to CNN for covering the Ushahidi website during the recent Chilean earthquake!

    -Steve K.
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  • How to Help with Ushahidi

    1. 1. How to locate info and share with Ushahidi http:// crisiscommons.org/ http://www.ushahidi.com/
    2. 2. Create your workspace • You will need a number of browser tabs and online tools: • Twitter app/website, twitter search space, blog search • Translation Tool (Google Translate, Yahoo Babel fish, other) • Mapping Tool (OpenStreet Map, Google maps) • Ushahidi Report page (varies by crisis). (eg. http://chile.ushahidi.com/ reports/submit) • Wikipedia (to search towns, cities, countries etc.)
    3. 3. Key Tasks • Look for common search terms, hashtags • Set up alerts, twitter columns or browser tabs to monitor for information • Analyze the content for relevance • Add report to Ushahidi
    4. 4. There will be many tweets, blog posts etc. This is time consuming to review/analyze and choose. There will be key info that might be important to someone.
    5. 5. What Should I Report? • Collapsed buildings • Medical emergencies • Vital communications • Major street/road blocks • Food/Water distribution
    6. 6. How to Add an Ushahidi Report
    7. 7. Part 1: The Ushahidi report
    8. 8. Part 2: Ushahidi Report
    9. 9. How to Add an Ushahidi Report • Open the Ushahidi report page: http://www.ushahidi.com/ • Add all the content you have collected: • Report title (use keywords like location and category/type of report) • Description (add in English and a the local language) • Categories/define tag • Your contact info (this is optional, but might help) • Geo code info: Longitude and latitude. (open street map, google map or even wikipedia will have this) • Add the link of the tweet, news source, picture, video etc.
    10. 10. Click Submit
    11. 11. Thank you. You have helped.

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