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Top 4 Ways ICTs Can Help Defeat the Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is increasingly becoming an international crisis. Recently the World Health Organization counted 5,843 cases of Ebola patients and 2,811 deaths.

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.

Announcing Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.5 release!

Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.5 is out!
3.03-2
Take it out for a spin on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer.

Data Science and the Ushahidi Platform

You might be wondering why the Director of Data Projects is writing code for the Ushahidi Platform.  I’d think that strange too, but as a good old-fashioned data scientist, I care very much about data sources, formats and access, and couldn’t pass up the chance to influence the ways that Ushahidi Platform imports and exports datasets and data summaries.

Introducing CrisisNET

At Ushahidi, we love helping people turn data into social impact. We’ve helped thousands of users gather and manage crowdsourced data during everything from natural disasters to political revolutions. When Ushahidi was founded in 2008, our tools provided a rare and valuable source of crisis-relevant data to citizens, policy makers, and responders.

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: Mapping in Pavia, Umati forums, Software testing and releases!

Deployment of the week
This week, we recognise the efforts of the team at Raccontalo alla Provincia pavese, mobilising citizens to voice out problems within their environment in the Province of Pavia in Italy.

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: Domestic Help Abuse, Equality, Jobs and Upcoming releases!

Happy 2014 from the Ushahidi team. We’re back from the holidays, and hope that all of you had a good break.

Deployment(s) of the week
This week, we recognise two deployments highlighting human rights violations and promotion of equality in the Middle East and in Asia.

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.

Loving the Community’s Creativity

We have seen some incredible use cases of Ushahidi over the past five years, the majority of which we could never have dreamed of. Erik posted a blog post about how we choose to go wide instead of just deep by creating a tool that was purposefully a platform.

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.

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