Ushahidi 101 (old)

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Presentation from the first Ushahidi 101 Meetup held at the iHub, Nairobi on May 12th.

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  • Ushahidi 101 (old)

    1. 1. crowdsourcing crisis information
    2. 2. mobile.crisis.reporting.
    3. 3. (c)Yasuyoshi Chiba
    4. 4. Our Goals <ul><li>Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw using the tools they had (mobile phones) </li></ul><ul><li>Create an archive of news and reports around those same events </li></ul><ul><li>Show where the majority of the violence was happening </li></ul>
    5. 5. Protesters gathered in groups and attempted to walk into the town centre; police fired live shots and tear gas canisters to disperse them. Three protesters were seriously injured and one shot dead. Police battled youths who set fire to roadblocks; the police shot indiscriminately, “targeting anyone on sight”; one man was shot in the stomach as he stood in front of his house. A 13-year old boy was laid to rest next to his uncle´s house; the burial was attended by hundreds of residents who wailed and lit up bonfires. January 17
    6. 8. Ushahidi Historical Benchmarks Apr 2008 – Deployed Ushahidi to South Africa May 2008 – Won the NetSquared mashup challenge June 2008 - Began gathering developers for the open source rebuild Sep 2008 - We get a new website Sep 2008 – Featured in Technoloy Review magazine Aug 2008 - Integration with FrontlineSMS and iPhone application designed July 2008 – Receive initial funding from Humanity United July 2008 - Ushahidi v2 development starts July 2008 – Started the CrisisMappers group Jan 2008 - Initial deployment in the Kenya crisis
    7. 9. Ushahidi Historical Benchmarks Nov 2008 – Founding member of the Open Mobile Consortium Nov 2008 – Deployed alpha version into DR Congo Nov 2008 – Translation features launched May 2009 – MacArthur Funds Ushahidi Dec 2008 - Top 3 USAID mobile challenge finalist Dec 2008 – Won a WeMedia GameChangers Award Dec 2008 – Featured in Forbes magazine and the BBC print/radio/TV Nov 2008 - PeaceHeroes uses Ushahidi to find people who helped do positive things during and after the post-election violence in Kenya Oct 2008 - Launched our alpha software, Ushahidi Engine v0.1 (“eldoret”)
    8. 11. Free Platform Open Source
    9. 12. The Platform <ul><li>Open source software that can be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used out of the box (self-hosted or Ushahidi hosted) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical ability required varies </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigning and promoting: the tool doesn’t do this </li></ul>
    10. 17. the default device
    11. 18. FrontlineSMS+Ushahidi SMS => Cloud
    12. 19. Lessons <ul><li>Mapping accuracy and value of geo-location </li></ul><ul><li>Data poisoning - Antagonists using the tool </li></ul><ul><li>Verification is difficult, but can be achieved with hyperlocal involvement + NGO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Create a feedback loop - SMS & RSS alerts to mobiles and emails </li></ul><ul><li>Offline , online and mobile strategy </li></ul>
    13. 20. What are we trying to achieve?
    14. 21. <ul><li>Ensuring that others don’t have to start from scratch, like we did. </li></ul>
    15. 26. Map Timeline SMS Alerts RSS Email Output Methods Ushahidi Crisis Mapping Engine News Media Citizen Generated NGO data Government Public APIs Flickr YouTube Twitter Data Types Input Methods SMS Email Web form API RSS MMS twitter Direct input
    16. 27. 2 Hours after the Haiti earthquake
    17. 28. 4 Hours after the earthquake
    18. 29. 1 week after the earthquake
    19. 30. “ The technology community has set up interactive maps to help us identify needs and target resources. ” 10 days after the earthquake
    20. 35. US State Department Red Cross FEMA OFDA US Marine Corps US Coast Guard SOUTHCOM UNDP WFP Int’ Medical Corps AIDG USAID
    21. 37. How are people in Kenya using Ushahidi?
    22. 40. Mapping HIV, AIDS & TB Services <ul><li>Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) </li></ul>
    23. 41. Tracking Stock Outs of Essential Medicines <ul><li>Stop Stock-Outs </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring access to essential medicines </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pill Check Week” mapped stock-outs of meds in 4 Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 under development </li></ul>
    24. 43. Voice of Kibera
    25. 44. Community Sharing <ul><li>Aggregates news, videos, photos and SMS from community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports are mapped on the Map Kibera map </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Editorial Board </li></ul><ul><li>How is this useful? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring on-goings in Kibera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service delivery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling “other” stories of Kibera </li></ul></ul>
    26. 45. VoK SMS Reporting <ul><li>Short Code: 3002 </li></ul><ul><li>SMS Reporters </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities of things to submit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Info about local organisations (e.g. events) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinions on local businesses or services (e.g. experience at a clinic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems encountered (e.g. broken street lamps) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things happening right now in the community whether good or bad (e.g. a fire, street festival) </li></ul></ul>
    27. 46. Way Forward... <ul><li>Growing the community that supports Ushahidi </li></ul><ul><li>> Tech features & Dev. – Smartphones (Android, Iphone S60, winmobile) J2ME </li></ul><ul><li>Geo-RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom Fone integration - Audio =>SMS </li></ul><ul><li>SwiftRiver </li></ul>
    28. 48. Thank You

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