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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.

The How and Why: Building The New Crowdmap.com

We’ve been discussing the new Crowdmap.com recently, and our own Brandon Rosage has shared some great videos of the new UX we’re feverishly working on. We thought it would be a good time to discuss how we’re building the new Crowdmap.com, and why we’ve taken the approach we have.

Maps are everything: Crowdmap’s improved experience

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I’m not proud of this, but some of our original design concepts for Crowdmap didn’t include maps. Crazy, right? Sure, there were pathways to view a map as, you know, a map. But it wasn’t the first thing you saw.

Reintroducing Crowdmap

A lot of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Crowdmap since I joined the team earlier this year. I’ve been building software products and services for over a decade and, in my humble opinion, we’re doing some really cool things here.

Crowdmap & Ushahidi as a Museum

We are in the business of big data. Our products transform a deluge of information across the world and make them meaningful to communities around the world. We design systems and tools that curate information that we hope to make impactful to people in terms of crisis.

Weekly: Eye on Amendments,3.0 Dev release and Crowdmap API Wrangling

Deployment of the Week
This week, we recognise the effort of the team at One De Olho Nas Emendas, who are engaging with citizens in Brasilia to track the effect of amendments of the district’s budget and highlight cases of corruption.

Here Be Dragons: Looking back on Crowdmap at Mozfest

Angie and I got an opportunity to be a part of this year’s Mozilla Festival, joining hundreds of web makers from across the globe as they came together to teach and learn from each other.

Crowdmap at Mozilla Festival 2013

Just a reminder — Crowdmap is heading to the 2013 Mozilla Festival! Join Evan Sims and Angela Oduor in London this Friday, October 25th through the 27th as we hack APIs, chat about the future o

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.

Shipping It: A 2013 Ushahidi Update

2013 has proved to be a big one for us at Ushahidi. Coming from a 2012 where a lot was done, but where we all felt we weren’t shipping enough product, the acceleration has proved to be refreshing. At this year’s meeting we made a commitment to organize better towards this, and the fruits have borne out.

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.

Chile Movilizado

[Guest post by Anibal Vivaceta of Chile Moviliza: I'm a physician, with postgraduate studies in Anthropology and Public Health. Working in Public Health since 1994 (Mato Grosso Brasil, with MSF).

Maps, Data with the Knight Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship @ Ushahidi

In the global babelfish, maps and data activate the potential for human sense-making across borders and knowledge with any device. SMS, email, social media and sensors make it possible to collect knowledge, tell a different story or capture news tips or even sentiment.

Weekly: Monitoring Budgets, Researchers Wanted

Happy week! There are updates for both SMSSync and ios – get your mobile fix! We also are happy to share Crowdmap API updates and another sneak peak at the UI for Ushahidi 3.0. And, we want to recognize some map projects from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Where in the World

Ushahidians often say that there are map projects in 156 countries/places. Where in the world by country or place has there been a map? We thought we share some quick stats for you:

Building a reliable and efficient Crowdmap

TL;DR — Crowdmap operates on a Rackspace Cloud-based infrastructure. We run nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL and memcached. We have servers in Dallas, Chicago and Tokyo, and use Amazon’s Route 53 (DNS service) to direct users based on their latency to the datacenters.

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