Haiti and the Power of Crowdsourcing

It’s been two years today since Haiti’s devastating earthquake… here’s a blog post from then on the power of crowdsourcing in crisis response.
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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.

A Word from the Evaluators of the Ushahidi Haiti Project

[Guest blog post by the principal co-investigators of the Ushahidi Haiti Project evaluation]

Crisis Mapping Japan

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

Heatmapping the Japanese Earthquake Reports

We’re trying to come up with other ways of visualizing Ushahidi data. Using the Ushahidi API, Emmanuel whipped up a heatmap of the Japan deployment (

Crisis Mapping Japan’s Earthquake and How You Can Help

Members of the Japanese OpenStreetMap community launched an Ushahidi platform for Japan just hours after the devastating earthquake struck the country.

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Special Edition

Welcome to the ICTworks bi-weekly ICT4D Retrospective, where we condense the last two weeks of news into a succinct list of links for your perusal. If you want your news to be featured, email them to ritse [at] ritseonline [dot] com. To get these links faster, follow me on Twitter: @RitseOnline

Launching for the New Zealand Earthquake

[Guest blog post by Heather Leson, an idea hacker and community builder. She is a CrisisCommons Community Working Group Co-lead, CrisisCommons Canada lead and member of the CrisisMappers Standby Task force. Haiti changed her life and inspired her to become a serial volunteer for digital response and an Ushahidi user for the past year.

The Value of ICT in Humanitarian Relief Efforts

Mark Summer, Inveneo's Chief Innovation Officer, also leads our effort to bring needed information and communication technologies to Haiti.

United States Institute of Peace Report on Ushahidi-Haiti

As many fans and supporters of Ushahidi recall, the Ushahidi−Haiti Project raised the profile of crisis mapping to a new level.  It demonstrated the potential of crowdsourced maps for targeted disaster response to a broad and empowered  audience and provided a useful foundational model for the international community to leverage and improve upon in advance of future emergencies.

Mozilla Foundation Supports Ushahidi-Chile

A guest post from the team running Ushahidi’s Situation Room at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Ushahidi-Chile: Reflections after Week One

Caroline Stauffer is a member of the core SIPA Team deploying the Ushahidi-Chile platform. She is a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she focuses on International Media and Communications. She spent the past summer working with the Associated Press in Bangkok, and worked for a nongovernmental organization in the Dominican Republic prior to SIPA.

Training the Ushahidi-Chile Team in a Flash

Mark Belinsky co-founded Digital Democracy with Emily Jacobi. He serves as Technical Director and brings a background in computer science, sociology and film & media studies. He and Emily have worked closely with Burmese populations since 2007.

Working in the tech sphere, it’s the power and passion that people have that never ceases to astound me. Following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, people around the world contributed an incredible outpouring of support for the people of Haiti. Now, as that support expands to Chile, it is evident that we are participating in a game changing moment.

SIPA Volunteers Take Lead on Ushahidi-Chile

Our dedicated team of volunteers have mapped over 100 reports including many pictures, and this less than 48 hours after the deployment of the Ushahidi-Chile platform. During this time, I worked directly with colleagues from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), my alma mater, to help them set up their own Situation Room and take the lead on Ushahidi-Chile. Our partners Digital Democracy (D2) once again played an instrumental role and provided the SIPA Team with the full Ushahidi training they needed. Many thanks to both!

Volunteers Respond with Ushahidi-Chile

I learned about the massive earthquake at 7:00 A.M. EST and immediately got in touch with the Ushahidi Tech Team to set up an Ushahidi-Chile platform. I then reached out to my colleagues from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and others who contributed their time to the Haiti deployment. They are are now responding to the earthquake in Chile and tsunami effected countries. This time, however, the volunteers are trained and the Ushahidi Tech Team simply cloned the Ushahidi-Haiti version for Chile. We’re already busy customizing the deployment for Chile.

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