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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:
                 The New Age Ham Radio Operators

                      Building Community Resilience




                                                 Canadian Risks and Hazards
   Heather Leson
                                                        Conference
   @heatherleson
                                                         CRHnet.ca
hleson@ushahidi.com
                                                     October 19, 2011
Volunteer Mappers: Building community resilience with citizen media
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 initially
developed 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 reports
Help 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 views
Allow citizen reporting during election in India     Monitor Kenya referendum election


                 votereport.in                         uchaguzi.co.ke

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Volunteer Mappers: Building community resilience with citizen media

  • 1. Volunteer Mappers: The New Age Ham Radio Operators Building Community Resilience Canadian Risks and Hazards Heather Leson Conference @heatherleson CRHnet.ca hleson@ushahidi.com October 19, 2011
  • 3. 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
  • 4. History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
  • 5. Citizen Media December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views April 2011 - a lot reports Help bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Engaging citizens to help design a better New York City harassmap.com bit.ly/ushahidi_pps
  • 6. Election Monitoring May 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 views Allow citizen reporting during election in India Monitor Kenya referendum election votereport.in uchaguzi.co.ke
  • 7. Disaster Response March 2011 - 8,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2011 - 99,772 reports, 469,744 views Monitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan Monitor the flooding in Australia sinsai.info/ushahidi queenslandfloods.crowdmap.com
  • 8. Citizens are Responders (Photos of the Kenyan Railway Museum)
  • 9. Who? Organizations, non-profits, media, private sector, informal networks, citizens
  • 10. HOW?
  • 11. Plan Design Communicate Collect Verify Analyze Visualize Evaluate Iterate
  • 12. Crowdmap Crowdmap 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
  • 13. Ushahidi or Crowdmap So much Information
  • 14. Data Types Output Methods Input Methods Citizen Generated Map SMS News Media Email Web Form Timeline API Ushahidi NGO data Short Code SMS Alerts or Layers Crowdmap RSS Government Mobile Apps RSS Twitter Facebook Public APIs Email MASAS Flickr YouTube Twitter So much Information
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. iPhone / iPad Ushahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
  • 17. SMSSync SMSSync 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
  • 18. Checkins (CI) Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”. bit.ly/checkins_purpose
  • 22. 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
  • 25. Libya Crisis The Libya Crisis Map deployed by request of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) libyacrisismap.net
  • 31. Communities and Cities (photo by Frank Lemire)
  • 38. Mapping Mukuru by Ground Truth using OpenStreetMap http://mapkibera.org/
  • 40. 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.
  • 41. Questions? ushahidi.com crowdmap.com
  • 42. 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/

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