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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.

What WWII Bombers Tell Us About The Marginalized And Vulnerable

There is a (probably apocryphal) story that is often told to young quantitative political scientists. During World War II, US Bomber Command was losing dozens of planes on each mission. Every bomber was expensive and crew member highly trained, so keeping them alive and flying was a top priority.

Wide-angle lens – Thoughts on what Ushahidi has to do with International Development

In light of all that is going on in Nairobi, I took a step back and started thinking about what it is we do here at Ushahidi, beyond the products, the code, and the community. We often get lumped into this greater industry of International Development, even though we talk about ourselves as a non-profit tech company.

Weekly: Reevo Maps, Micromappers and Cameroon Election Help!

Deployment of the week
This week, we recognise the efforts of the Reevo team to build a virtual platform that reflects diverse and multiple alternative education initiatives worldwide.

Preparing for the Cameroon Elections / La préparation des élections au Cameroun

[Guest post by Jean Brice in English and French. He is preparing for the upcoming Cameroon Elections. Jean Brice previously joined the Uchaguzi Kenyan Elections team to learn how to do a full Ushahidi program]

(English to follow)

Process Matters: How Inclusion Can Be a Feedback Game Changer

[Guest Post by Patricia Dorsher is the Feedback Labs Launch Editor at Ashoka and James E. Jernberg Public Service Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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.

Weekly: SMSSync Release, Data Fellows

Happy Week! We have feature updates, a community asks for data tool testing and two Hangouts – one virtual and one in Seattle.

Power of crisis crowdsourcing & media broadcasting – 3 key roles for mapping emergencies live

[Guest Post by Jaroslav Valuch, Head of Campaign against Racism and Hatecrimes at Agency for Social Inclusion, The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Field Coordinator with the Ushahidi Haiti project, co-founder of the Standby Task Force and Ushahidi community leader. Jaro coordinated the Krizova Mapa Ceska for the 2013 Floods.]

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.

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:

Weekly: Urban Planning, Disaster Preparedness and Ushahidi at OSCON !

From increasing transparency of urban planning projects in Prague, to creating awareness on disaster preparedness in Indonesia and Geeking out at OSCON(among others), here’s your weekly fix of all things Ushahidi and community.

Going Mobile: Information Sharing and the Changing Face of Digital Data Collection

(Cross posted from the The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. The writer, Edward Lajoie is the assistant project manager and research specialist at the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU).

Big Data, Small Data, and You

In a new post at TechPresident, Jeffrey Warren of Public Lab makes a full-throated argument for the need to look at the current data revolution in a new way. I encourage you to read his piece in full, but here is (as far as I see it) the gist.

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