Session on Ushahidi and Crisis Mapping Write-Up

Staff | Likeaword | January 1, 2012

In early 2008 some Kenyan developers were concerned about the levels of violence following the disputed elections in their country. They wanted an independent source of reports of what was happening and where. They built a platform that allowed people to SMS reports which could then be placed on a map. They called it “Testimony” in Swahili (Ushahidi). The code was released as open-source and a developer community has been working on the platform ever since.

It can be downloaded and installed on your own server but, luckily for me, the community provides a simple cloud-based solution at Sign up and start your own Ushahidi instance...