Internews Center for Innovation & Learning

Internews Center for Innovation & Learning
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The Ushahidi Platform is a free and open source project with developers hailing from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Netherlands and the USA working on it. Their goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email, web or voice message and visualize it on a map or timeline.

Available expertise: 

Contact Innovation Advisor Anahi Ayala Iacucci for this tool

Key Features: 
Collecting and mapping information from SMS, internet, social media, rss feeds
Suitable for: 
Mapping rough data and collecting information from different sources
Time commitment: 
High: the software needs to be installed and customized on a server
Not suitable for: 
Mapping percentages and no availability of internet
Technical expertise needed: 
Web Developer (PHP and MySQL)
Cost considerations: 
The software is free and open source, but costs associated with the processing of the information needs to be considered