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SwiftRiver Dataflow 1 (by Ushahidi)

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African software helps map unrest in Liberia during Recent Elections

Ushahidi Liberia works with Liberia Elections 2011

The inner workings of Liberia’s first election map

Ushahidi Liberia work has been nationally considered a new approach to data gathering, data curation, and a unique way forward for information sharing in Liberia. Covering the national elections using mapping technology has given the rest of the world a real-time glance at what was unfolding in Liberia, from the voter registration process to the presidential run-off election. This post will explain how the elections map was customized to suit Liberia’s needs, and how information was shared using the map particularly during critical times like elections day and the run-off.

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GeoThings proudly announces the Open GeoSMS plugins for Ushahidi!!


With this Open GeoSMS plugin for Ushahidi,  user may submit reports from their Android phone with Ushahidi app with Open GeoSMS (which is geo-tagged SMS). If you are interested in the use flow, please have a look to the photo gallery in this post. 


To report event with Open GeoSMS is very useful while you were overseas for some disaster response or humanitarian support activity. Data connection is not that easy to have, but SMS works most of the time. With Android phone, Ushahidi app can work without data connection, then get the coordinate from GPS for the geo-tagging of an event, which you would like to report. After GPS located your position and you complete the description of this event, send it via Open GeoSMS through SMS mechanism. Ushahidi server then can quickly understand the location of your report, popping it up on the presentation layer with map automatically.


We have tested Open GeoSMS plugin with FrontlineSMS and SMSSync plugin of Ushahidi, the source code should be up-streamed very soon. We are GeoThings from Taiwan and we are very happy to contribute our ability for humanitarian supports, and very happy to co-work with Ushahidi team. This is just the beginning and there will be some more interesting things that we will announce later. Cheers!!


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What is Ushahidi: Creating a New Narrative

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Citizen’s Voice (Nagorikkontho.org) is one such project which has been launched by Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) to empower Bangladeshi public by having their voices heard, especially regarding feedback on public services. The platform supports both Bangla and English language to make it versatile for all the users and all the technology platforms (mobile texting still does not support Bangla font).

… The header on the site lists a number of questions, asking about the availability of common services - such as access to health facilities, free education, and so forth. ‘If not, please send a report,’ it says. Reports can also be submitted in the form of a video, photo or a blog post. One video listed on the website by maaDiyan on YouTube shows a busride on “the busiest highway of Bangladesh” between Dhaka and Bandarban, and how drivers skirt traffic rules to get ahead faster.


- Salman Latif, “Bangladesh: Citizen’s Voice, A Citizen’s Watchdog for Public Services

Catching up with Ushahidi

It’s TED time here in LA again.

While I didn’t figure out how to cover the even it self, I was lucky enough to spend some time with some of my friends from Ushahidi before their busy week of listening to ( and drinking with ) other really, really smart people. Spending time with people like Erik, David, and Juliana is a thing in itself. At once you recognize how much more you really could be doing with your life, but there is zero shame in the realization. The resonating effect of this sensation is encouragement:

Go try something. Take a risk. Be generous. Be loving.

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How can Ushahidi be used you ask!

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A video about Innovation in Africa. This shows both scalability and promise. Enjoy

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Ushahidi in Haiti 2: Haiti 4636 Project