Ushahidi is an open-source platform that allows information collection through multiple sources such as SMS, email, RSS feeds, web apps and twitter
Ushahidi is an open-source platform that allows information collection through multiple sources such as SMS, email, RSS feeds, web apps and twitter. The collected data can be used to build maps and charts, generate reports that can include time lines or workflows and send automatic alerts. An Android and iOS app has been recently released to integrate offline data collection to the platform. Platform usage suggested from system developers includes: Election Monitoring, Crisis Response and Advocacy & Human Rights.
The platform is built by a social enterprise with the same name: Ushahidi. It was created to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election violence in 2008. Ushahidi is headquartered in Nairobi and provides software and services to different sectors and civil society.
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Public and private organizations and institutions. NGOs. Civil society.
Ushahidi is an open-source product
Ushahidi has been deployed over 120,000 times in over 160 countries since 2008.
The release bundles are pre-built compressed files. It does not required further building or downloading. These file bundles are available from the platform-release repository in Github.
Installation instructions assume that users know how to create a database in a MySQL server and obtain user credentials with access to such database.The instructions and example commands are written specifically for Debian Linux or a derivative of it (Ubuntu, Mint, etc). It might be required to adjust some things if user is installing on a different Linux, or a different OS. Ushahidi provides a complete step-by-step guide on how to use the Ushahidi Platform.
It is possible to install the platform in different web servers. An Internet connection is required to access content on Ushahidi platform. The latest version of Ushahidi app does not require the user to have a permanent connection: data can be locally collected and stored for upload it when connection is available again. Users with sms, twitter, RSS feeds, email or web app need basic 2G connection to send data to platform. Transifex is used to translate to several languages the platform.
World Vision UK used Ushahidi to aggregate contextual evidence from both response teams and social media in real-time, to receive data from SMS, social media, and websites, for users to filter and analyse reports and data available.
With support from the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University, in South Sudan a list of Over 4.000 victims have been gathered so far, using Ushahidi platform in which civilians send information about the subject.
The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA) used Ushahidi platform to aggregate and transparently map all the disaster management training events in the Asia-Pacific region that is open for anyone to use.
World Vision UK, Tufts University, The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), and others. The solution has been developed in partnership with Cisco, Ford Fundation, USAID, Google.org, Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and others.
Meier Patrick & Land Molly, 2012. ICT4HR: Information and Communication Technologies for Human Rights
Hokolloh Ory, 2009. Ushahidi or ‘testimony’: Web 2.0, tools for crowdsourcing crisis information
Jir ˇí Pánek et al, 2016. The Crisis Map of the Czech Republic: the nationwide deployment of an Ushahidi application for disasters
Fernando Mora, 2011. Innovating in the midst of crisis: A case study of Ushahidi
It is required to comply with local regulations on data privacy. The platform includes field level privacy controls as part of our Survey system.
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