disaster

2-tier crowdsourcing for disaster information collection and co-ordination

Slayer aka Kuo-Yu Chuang is a founder of GeoThings, the chair of the OGC Open Geo SMS Standard Working Group, and is also from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). He is also an Ushahidi trusted developer and long standing membe

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.

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.]

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.

Notes on the Watershed Post’s implementation of Ushahidi’s Crowdmap

[Guest post by Julia Reischel of the Watershed Post]
Several days before Hurricane Sandy arrived in New York, our two-person staff at the Watershed Post began building our Hurricane Sandy page: www.watershedpost.com/sandy.

Crisis Mapping: Cultivating Alliances

[Guest post by Avi Lambert: Avi is passionate about cross-pollinating web thinking in government, the public sector and civil society organizations. His work connects the dots between strategies, tactics, desired end-state behaviors and demographics. www.avilambert.net]

Predicting Locations of Emergency & Damage During Disaster Using VGI Data

[Guest blog post by Prateek Budhwar who is currently pursuing M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. Prateek is interested in the areas of Volunteered geographic information, Digital image processing, GPS based LBS applications on android and remote sensing].

Amplifying Somali Voices Using SMS and a Live Map: #SomaliaSpeaks

Somalia has been steadily slipping from global media attention over the past few months. The large scale crisis is no longer making headline news, which means that advocacy and lobbying groups are finding it increasingly difficult to place pressure on policymakers and humanitarian organizations to scale their intervention in the Horn of Africa.

Crowdmapping the Van Earthquake in Turkey with Al Jazeera

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera launched this Crowdmap within hours of the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey on October, 23, 2011. The crisis map includes information on needs, help facilities and salvage work.

QR Codes and the Ushahidi Platform

I was recently invited to speak at this year’s Com.Geo conference, to participate as part of panel titled “Expanding GeoWeb to an Internet of Things”. As the name describes, it was about using the internet of things concept in real-world scenarios to augment user experience.

Crisis Mapping Japan

[Guest blog post by Hal Seki, the managing director of Sinsai.info]
Hi, my name is Hal Seki. I am the managing director of sinsai.info.

Realtime Translation with SwiftRiver

One of the problems a lot of crowdsourcing projects have is that they end up pulling in massive amounts of data from the web, Twitter and other channels from around the world. This means content arrives in many different languages, often languages that the deployer doesn’t speak.

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