crisis

Status Update regarding Ushahidi Deployments for Nepal

As online volunteers mobilize and international aid begins to flow in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, we have been reviewing known deployments of our software in the country. As an organization, Ushahidi is not currently managing a deployment of our software and we have no plans to do this.

Ebola, Pop-Up Infrastructure and role of Tech in Crisis & Rebuild

The Ebola epidemic shook several countries in 2014, with international coverage being spotty early on, then escalating quickly as the disease spread. As of writing this post, the Ebola epidemic is still a major international issue.

Hacking on Crisis Data: Our Open Source Day experience at GHC 2014

“The Mecca for Women in Tech” – That’s what Linda terms the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to be. It probably is :). Linda, Chris, Brian and I had the honor of being able to attend this year’s celebration in Phoenix, Arizona.

Podcast: How open-source tools map crisis data

(Note: This post is cross-posted from SciDev.Net who recorded this interview with Chris Albon, Director of Crisis.NET, an Ushahidi initiative.)

CrisisNET Under the Hood: Part I, Our Architectural Framework

Inspired by recent technical posts by the Ushahidi Platform team, we’re running a series of posts for software engineers and product developers detailing how the CrisisNET platform is put together.

The Future of Crisis Data

The excitement around big data for social good is palpable, and its capacity for change is enormous. However, in order to realize this capacity the humanitarian community needs to embrace a fundamental shift in the relationship between data and crisis.

Weekly: SardSOS, Galas, Mobilkartan, Jobs, and v3 Beta release!

Deployment(s) of the Week
This week, we recognise three outstanding projects as deployments of the week.
SardSOS : Emergenza Meteo Sardegna 2013 is a deployment set up to track effects of the deadly Cyclone Cleopatra and subsequent floods and help with emergency efforts.

Ushahidi via USSD

The mobile phone has been at the core of Ushahidi’s strategy when building tools for citizen engagement. Its ubiquitous nature makes it the easiest tool to use and ensure that a vast majority of citizens can actively participate.

Weekly: FoodSync, Tech for emergencies, and Plugins!

Deployment of the week
We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US.

Security Tips in Emergencies

(Guest post, cross posted from Citizen Lab blog. The Author,Jennie Phillips is a PhD student working with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Ushine from the Data Science Fellows

Ushine is a tool created by the Data Science for Social Good Fellows. Nathan Leiby, Kayla Jacobs, Kwang-Sun Jim and Elena Evena joined Emmanuel Kala, our community and network to dive into data cleaning and data analysis to assist Ushahidians and others on their data missions. The created tool is possible to use with Ushahidi or, with some code mashing, other software.

Hopeful Action: An anthropological take on Ushahidi, Digital Activism and Hope

[Guest Post by Maria Grabowski. Maria Grabowski holds a M.Sc. in social anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. Based on fieldwork in Cairo and Nairobi, her Master Thesis from 2013 explores Ushahidi through an anthropological take on social movements, digital activism and hope.

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