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1. crowdsourcing crisis information 2. mobile.crisis.reporting. 3. (c)Yasuyoshi Chiba 4. Our Goals <ul><li>Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report…
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  • 1. crowdsourcing crisis information
  • 2. mobile.crisis.reporting.
  • 3. (c)Yasuyoshi Chiba
  • 4. Our Goals <ul><li>Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw using the tools they had (mobile phones) </li></ul><ul><li>Create an archive of news and reports around those same events </li></ul><ul><li>Show where the majority of the violence was happening </li></ul>
  • 5. Protesters gathered in groups and attempted to walk into the town centre; police fired live shots and tear gas canisters to disperse them. Three protesters were seriously injured and one shot dead. Police battled youths who set fire to roadblocks; the police shot indiscriminately, “targeting anyone on sight”; one man was shot in the stomach as he stood in front of his house. A 13-year old boy was laid to rest next to his uncle´s house; the burial was attended by hundreds of residents who wailed and lit up bonfires. January 17
  • 7. the default device
  • 9. Ushahidi Historical Benchmarks <ul><li>Jan 2008 - Initial deployment in the Kenya crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Apr 2008 - Deployed Ushahidi to South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>May 2008 - Won the NetSquared mashup challenge </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008 - Began gathering developers for the open source rebuild </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008 - Started the CrisisMappers group </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008 - Ushahidi v2 development starts </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008 - Receive initial funding from Humanity United </li></ul><ul><li>Aug 2008 - Integration with FrontlineSMS and iPhone application designed </li></ul><ul><li>Sep 2008 - Featured in Technoloy Review magazine </li></ul>
  • 10. Ushahidi Historical Benchmarks <ul><li>Sep 2008 - Ushahidi gets a new website </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 2008 - Launched our alpha software, Ushahidi Engine v0.1 (“eldoret”) </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 2008 - Founding member of the Open Mobile Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 2008 - Deployed alpha version into DR Congo </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 2008 - Translation features launched </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 2008 - PeaceHeroes uses Ushahidi to find people who helped do positive things during and after the post-election violence in Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 2008 - Featured in Forbes magazine and the BBC print/radio/TV </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 2008 - Won a WeMedia GameChangers Award </li></ul>
  • 11. Ushahidi Historical Benchmarks <ul><li>Dec 2008 - Top 3 USAID mobile challenge finalist </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 - Release of the ‘Goma’ version of Ushahidi </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 - MacArthur Foundation funding </li></ul><ul><li>Late 2009 - Major funding from Omidyar and Hivos Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 2009 - Release of ‘Mogadishu’ version </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2010 - Deployed for Haiti Earthquake ( http://haiti.ushahidi.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Jan-Feb 2010 - Ushahidi receives international recognition for role in Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>Early 2010 - iHub gives Ushahidi physical office space in Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>June 2010 - Plugin system addition (incorporates some key features from Haiti deployment) </li></ul>
  • 13. Free Open Source Software
  • 14. The Platform <ul><li>Open source software that can be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used out of the box: self-hosted or Ushahidi hosted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customized: design and functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated: strategy and with other web platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical ability required varies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install requires some technical ability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Campaigning and promoting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The tool doesn’t do this </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. FrontlineSMS+Ushahidi SMS => Cloud
  • 16. Map Timeline SMS Alerts RSS Email Output Methods Ushahidi Crisis Mapping Engine News Media Citizen Generated NGO data Government Public APIs Flickr YouTube Twitter Data Types Input Methods SMS Email Web form API RSS MMS twitter Direct input
  • 17. Early Ushahidi Deployments
  • 23. Lessons <ul><li>Mapping accuracy and value of geo-location </li></ul><ul><li>Data poisoning - Antagonists using the tool </li></ul><ul><li>Verification is difficult, but can be achieved with hyperlocal involvement + NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Create a feedback loop - SMS & RSS alerts to mobiles and emails </li></ul><ul><li>Offline , online and mobile strategy </li></ul>
  • 24. What are we trying to achieve?
  • 25. <ul><li>Ensuring that others don’t have to start from scratch, like we did… </li></ul>
  • 26. <ul><li>And others have used Ushahidi innovative ways! </li></ul>
  • 27. Ushahidi around the world
  • 28. Crowdsourcing Election Information <ul><li>Election monitoring has been most popular use of the platform </li></ul><ul><li>Election Monitoring Guides on Community Resources page </li></ul>
  • 29. Election Monitoring
  • 34. Haiti Earthquake and evolution of Ushahidi
  • 35. 2 Hours after the Haiti earthquake
  • 36. 4 Hours after the earthquake
  • 37. 1 week after the earthquake
  • 38. “ The technology community has set up interactive maps to help us identify needs and target resources. ” 10 days after the earthquake
  • 42. US State Department Red Cross FEMA OFDA US Marine Corps US Coast Guard SOUTHCOM UNDP WFP Int’ Medical Corps AIDG USAID
  • 44. Newer Ushahidi Deployments
  • 46. Survivors Connect
  • 48. Local Examples: How are people in Kenya using Ushahidi?
  • 49. Mapping Art and Culture in Kenya
  • 50. Mapping HIV, AIDS & TB Services
  • 51. Tracking Medicine Stock Outs <ul><li>Ensuring access to essential medicines </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pill Check Week” mapped stock-outs of meds in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 is currently under development </li></ul>
  • 52. Building Bridge’s Peace Mapping Campaign
  • 53. Citizen Reporting in Kibera
  • 54. Community Sharing <ul><li>Aggregates news, videos, photos and SMS from community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports are mapped on the Map Kibera map </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Editorial/Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 Kibera residents working with local CBOs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How is this useful? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring on-goings in Kibera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service delivery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling “other” stories of Kibera </li></ul></ul>
  • 55. Internews: Connecting Kenyan Journalists
  • 56. Way Forward... <ul><li>Growing the community that supports Ushahidi </li></ul><ul><li>> Tech features & Dev. – Smartphones (Android, Iphone S60, winmobile) J2ME </li></ul><ul><li>Geo-RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom Fone integration - Audio =>SMS </li></ul><ul><li>SwiftRiver </li></ul>
  • 59. Thank You
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