Mapping Resources

Checking in with Applelines

The following post was written by Hugh Brooks of the Navanti Group who wanted to share his experience with the new checkin features for Ushahdi and Crowdmap. He and his colleague Ravi Gupta used checkins for their Applelines project.

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 (

Announcing the Ushahidi Manual

[Guest blog post by Anahi Ayala Iacucci, an international consultant and professional crisis mapper. She has worked on dozens of Ushahidi deployments and blogs at Diary of a Crisis Mapper]

Announcing Checkins for Ushahidi and Crowdmap

[We're excited about some of the great new products, redesign and tweaks coming out in 2011 for Crowdmap, as well as the SwiftRiver and Ushahidi platforms. This post will give you a taste of what's coming in early 2011.]

How to process information inside the Ushahidi platform – Part I: SMS and Twitter

[This post was originally posted on Anahi Ayala Iacucci's  blog Diary of a Crisis Mapper. Anahi is a consultant and Crisis Mapper and has worked or helped in more than 13 Ushahidi deployments, starting with Ushahidi Chile when she was a student at Columbia University, to her lately involvement with PakReport in Pakistan and U-Shahid in Egypt].

Choose your own adventure: data collection in Liberia

Creating an ecosystem of early warning and response actors in Liberia necessitates involvement from various levels of that system – local civil society organizations, international NGOs, the UN, government ministries, the national police and armed forces.  Our team on the ground has spent much of the first couple months meeting with international NGOs (of which there are more than 70 based in Monrovia alone) and the UN – key players in this multi-layered approach to conflict prevention and intervention.  Many of these potential partners were eager to begin mapping – but with several of them, we hit the same wall: our maps, they said, didn’t have enough information.  Well, not “our” maps, but rather the base layer maps used here in Liberia for Ushahidi instances – Google Maps.  And Googl

Liberia Mapped

During my first few weeks in Liberia, I found myself at the mercy of my driver.  The lack of street signs and numbered addresses meant that finding an office inevitably involved stopping to ask a woman selling bananas, or going up and down nearby streets until we’d eyed each nook and cranny of the concrete honeycomb.  This isn’t how two mapping consultants go about their business, John and I thought; we had the power to do something, however small, about the disorder of Liberia’s capital.  So we set out on in John’s surfboard-adorned jeep with GPS unit in hand.

KANCO wraps up Ushahidi pilot project with User Trainings

In continuing its commitment to the development of Ushahidi’s work in Kenya, Ushahidi has just completed a six-month pilot project with the Kenya AIDS NGO’s Consortium (KANCO) to  visualize civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kenya providing responses to the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. The project, in collaboration with AIDSPortal, UK, involved modifying the Ushahidi platform for Crowdsourcing Crisis Information in order for KANCO to map its member organizations.

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