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Mobilizing with Ushahidi

  1. Mobilize your community with Heather Leson @heatherleson
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Communication (Photos of the Kenyan Railway Museum)
  5. 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.
  6. Collecting Information Types of Reports: Web-based Form Email SMS Mobile App Twitter Facebook (...and more)
  7. iPhone / iPad Ushahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad
  8. 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.
  9. Checkins (CI) Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”.
  10. Election Monitoring May 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 views Allow citizen reporting during election Monitor Kenya referendum election
  11. Citizen Journalism 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 city
  12. 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 Monitor the flooding in Australia
  13. Community + Plan (Photo by Jon Schuler)
  14. Key steps to an Integrated Plan Start What is the reason to map? Who owns it? What are the goals? Partners/Community? Which Technology/Technologies? Feasible? Budget/Fundraising Which resources do you need? Information flow: Inbound/Outbound Implementation Plan Marketing/Communications Verification and Analysis Review Revise Research and Iterate End (Diagram by Chris Blow)
  15. Building Bridges: 6000 SMS messages
  17. E U R O P E
  18. A S I A
  19. O C E A N I A
  20. S O U T H A M E R I C A
  21. N O R T H A M E R I C A
  22. A F R I C A
  23. Questions?

Editor's Notes

  1. My name is Dale Zak, and I’m a mobile developer with Ushahidi.\nI’m gonna play a short video introducing you to the platform.\n
  2. So what is Ushahidi?\nUshahidi is open source software to collection and visualize information on a map.\nOpen source means the code is free and publicly available for anyone to use.\nI personally believe Ushahidi is also three things:\n1) Platform - open source, customizable, localizable, anyone can build upon it\n2) Community - global conversation all working towards a common goal\n3) Movement - help empower disadvantaged groups by giving them a voice\n
  3. U-sha-hee-dee is the Swahili word for ‘testimony’.\nOriginally a website to report post-election violence from Kenya in 2008. \nThere was gap between what was happening on the ground, and what was being reported in the media. \nUshahidi was created to allow citizens to have a voice, “this is what I see.”\n
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  21. And that leads me to the Libya Crisis.\nOn March 2nd, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) \nrequested the Stand-By Task Force be activated in Libya.\nThe initial map was password protected to ensure safety of reporters, but later made publicly accessible.\n
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  26. You can visit or for more information, thank you!\n