Thursday, November 13, 2008

An Essential New Site

Follow developments in the DRC on a GOOGLE map: Ushahidi means “testimony” in Swahili, and is the name of a Web 2.0 site, launched on November 7, which collects information about battles, refugee camps, disease outbreaks, and so on, from on-the-ground observers via SMS or emails. These testimonies are then plotted onto a Google map in order to provide a way to visualize the situation at a glance. To quote from its home page, Ushahidi is a platform that "crowdsources" crisis information. “We want to alert people about situations which would take time to be told in the traditional media,” explains Ory Okolloh, administrator of the site. The majority of the input so far has come from NGOs working in the region.

No comments:

Post a Comment