For the strategic use of new media


Top Crisis Mapping Challenges and Selected Solutions

Posted: September 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

To wrap-up our series of blogs on crisis mapping, we’re selecting the top five challenges that face crisismappers globally and presenting some tried and tested solutions to those challenges. This, however, is not a comprehensive list of challenges that crisis mappers have encountered. 1. The challenge of information overload and limited human resources was one of […]

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Interview with Fareed Zain: Sudan Vote Monitor

Posted: September 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm   /   Interviews, Interviews, Interviews

The very first time the Sudanese civil society attempted to use crisismapping was during the April 2010 elections and for purposes of observing and monitoring the elections. Through what was then called the “Sudan Vote Monitor”, a Ushahidi-based platform was set up to receive information via SMS text, email and an online form. It’s noteworthy […]

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Other Mapping Platforms and What They Offer

Posted: September 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Since Ushahidi was first set up in 2007, the sector of geomapping and crisis mapping has witnessed phenomenal expansion as well as the creation of new tools and platforms to make geomapping more accessible to communities and humanitarian volunteers globally. Below is a snapshot of some popular tools and what they offer: OpenStreetMap OpenStreetMap: is […]

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How Harassmap in Egypt is using Crisismapping to Fight the Sexual Harassment of Women

Posted: August 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Harass Map is an online crowdmapping platform founded in 2010 to address the chronic problem of the sexual harassment of women in Egypt. It is a web-based crowdsourcing platform that collects information from witnesses and victims of sexual harassment, and uses a referral system to support victims; as well as works with community networks on […]

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Crisismapping: A Basic Introduction (Part II)

Posted: August 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

In the first blog post of this series we introduced the concept of crowdsourcing and shared some of its practical uses. Here  we will continue our discussion with a focus on crisismapping and will introduce you to more of its building blocks as well as take a look at the Ushahidi platform, and explain what it has to offer […]

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Expert Interview: Uses and Challenges of Crisismapping in Sudan

Posted: August 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm   /   Featured, Featured, Featured

Helena Puig Larrauri is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on the intersection of technology, peacebuilding and conflict prevention. She is a freelance consultant, working with non-governmental organizations and United Nations in conflict and post-conflict countries including Sudan, Libya, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq. Helena is also a co-founder of the Standby Task Force , an […]

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Crowdsourcing: Definitions and Practical Uses (Part I)

Posted: August 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

In the next couple of blog posts we will be introducing you to the basic concepts of crowdsourcing with an emphasis on crisismapping. This will include three audio interviews with crisismapping experts and civil society practitioners. Crowdsourcing is the term utilized to describe using the power of mobile and web technologies to reach out to and/or […]

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