Geographic information systems (GIS) often has the reputation of being inaccessible, and lacking technical expertise, organizations often have a hard time creating geo-based stories. That is about to change: with Story Maps, storytelling through maps has never been easier or more engaging.
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.
We are currently working on a research project called Embracing Change: The Critical Role of Information, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The first step in the research process was to lay out what we mean by information ecosystems, trace the underlying theories, and articulate key questions that we want the research to answer. We now have a working definition of information ecosystems:
Crowdglobe: an open research platform aimed at informing the future use of crowdsourcing mapping methodologies by highlighting deployments and research in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.
Harnessing Design for Media Development: exploring methods of Design Research to gain a better understanding of how information and communications are impacting the livelihoods of marginalized communities
Media Map: an initiative to explore, interact with, and analyze data on media development, bringing together comparable data on how media, technology, and communication intersect with traditional development statistics.