Ushahidi

Short Name: 
Ushahidi

Ushahidi (Swahili for "testimony" or "witness") is a website created in the aftermath of Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election (see 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis) that collected eyewitness reports of violence sent in by email and text-message and placed them on a Google map.[1] It is also the name of the open source software developed for that site, which has since been improved, released freely, and used for a number of similar projects.
Ushahidi uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as 'activist mapping' - the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information. Ushahidi provides a mechanism for local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events.

Short Description: 
Used for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping
Application Type: 
MA
Development
Latest Version: 
2.0 (Luanda)
Latest Version Date: 
2010-11-16
Development Stage: 

Developer wiki page: http://wiki.ushahidi.com/doku.php

Licensing/Access
Licensing Mode: 
LGPL
Means of Acquiring Software: 
Download
Download Site: 

http://github.com/ushahidi

Implementation
Current Implementation: 
Best Practices: 
Business Models: 
Reviews: 

News articles is available at the official website.;
Wiki scholars article: http://newmediadev2009.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Ushahidi+Review

Timestamp: 
2010-08-03 09:43:48