Ushahidi: Technology Presentation

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This is presentation was delivered for the Communities of Practice course at University of Maryland. It discusses the history, features and technology behing Ushahidi as well as its the community of developers, users, and volunteers.

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Ushahidi: Technology Presentation

  1. 1. (Oo-shah-hee-dee) noun<br />Witness<br />Testimony<br />open-source mapping platforM<br />By Daniel Greene (@GREENE_DM) <br />and Andi Narvaez (@andinarvaez)<br />University of maryland<br />
  2. 2. history<br /><ul><li>Born during the disputed 2007-2008 Kenyan elections
  3. 3. Created by team of journalists, human rights bloggers, election monitors and software developers</li></li></ul><li>history<br /><ul><li>Goal: To create a platform that was easy to use, accessible to anyone and deployable worldwide
  4. 4. Result: Open-source mapping platform populated by eye witness reports submitted via mobile devices and via web form</li></li></ul><li>history<br /><ul><li>Original deployment had 24 incidents and over 13,000 page views. Currently, 45,000 users in Kenya.
  5. 5. Now a 501(c)3 nonprofit funded by Google and Macarthur grants.
  6. 6. Three products: Ushahidi, Crowdmap, SwiftRiver</li></li></ul><li>Features<br />Open-source: <br /><ul><li>GNU Lesser Public License. Users can customize code to display customized data, develop themes, plugins, translations.</li></ul>CrowdMap is the non-tech solution.<br />
  7. 7. Features<br />Submission: <br /><ul><li>SMS message(Frontline SMS)
  8. 8. Twitter
  9. 9. Flicker
  10. 10. Native smartphone apps
  11. 11. Web form</li></li></ul><li>Features<br /><ul><li>Verification: Administrators determine levels of verification. Users can toggle between verified and unverified data.
  12. 12. Encryption: Users can determine levels of security.</li></li></ul><li>Features<br /><ul><li>Reports: Users can download customized XML reports and timelines</li></li></ul><li>Community<br /><ul><li>Resources area
  13. 13. Help forum</li></li></ul><li>Community<br /><ul><li>Development wiki
  14. 14. Bug tracker</li></li></ul><li>Community<br /><ul><li>Ushahidi Community (launched February 28, 2011)</li></li></ul><li>success<br /><ul><li>Mobile submissions
  15. 15. Strategic partnerships
  16. 16. Critical tools for crisis response and evaluation
  17. 17. Assist developing nations</li></li></ul><li>limitations<br /><ul><li>Only integrates with YahooMaps, Google Maps, OpenStreetMap
  18. 18. Map data overlay is limited to tags </li></li></ul><li>Sample deployments <br /><ul><li>Japan Earthquake
  19. 19. (RED) Aids Awareness Campaign
  20. 20. Washington, DC Snowmaggedon Cleanup
  21. 21. Random Acts of Kindness</li></li></ul><li>

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