20 December 2014 — 02:12

Ushahidi: Let’s create ‘crowdmap’ for Mentawai and Merapi!

In the aftermath of disasters like the tsunami in West Sumatra and the eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java, everyone can contribute and participate. They can play their own role. Whatever they can do to help the victims, survivors, rescuers and volunteers.

Or you can even contribute as an online volunteer –share useful links and info through Twitter, blog, instant messaging or even short message service.

You also can try to use and optimize Ushahidi platform that’s powered by public users and could “map out disaster areas more quickly and effectively than governments can,” according to CNN. “The more information about a disaster you can make public, the better… You don’t need specific technical skills to volunteer, just an internet connection.”

They introduce themselves:

The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Ushahidi’s roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone. This initial deployment of Ushahidi had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be use by others around the world.

Can someone out there start to sign-up and create the Mentawai and Merapi Crisis Map in the Ushahidi Platform so people can start to share data into the platform?



4 Comments

  1. I actually did created both already the day before yesterday. (check merapi/mentawai subdomain of crowdmap.com).

    But now I began to doubt whether I should have done that because of the following reasons :
    1. Jalin Merapi is doing a very good job keeping tracks updates already, merapi.combine.id which is also done by crowd via twitter, sms and phones.

    2. Air Putih already has mediacenter.or.id which is a good installation of Ushahaidi, customized in Indonesian.

    3. I haven’t found any volunteer in Indonesia to setup SMS call center to update data into both crowd map instances I created.

    I am now in Amsterdam, and actually I already contacted one of IT guy in ACT to handle both crowd map account that I had created. But it seems that they are still busy deploying people to help.

  2. I have already started similar idea of ‘crowdmap’ for Wasior, Mentawai, and Merapi. However, I used umapper.com which has similar capabilities with ushahidi.com. It can be found here http://www.netvibes.com/indonesia

    If you have already created a page using ushahidi.com please let me know so I can incorporate it on the site. I don’t mind abandoning umapper.com from netvibes.com/indonesia so that others can start using such map. My concern is people creating many copies of similar functions which can be of no use. Please let me know what you think about it.

    Thanks
    Barry

    Twitter: @basa_basi

  3. Actually on Wednesday I created both of Merapi/Mentawai using Crowd Map/Ushahidi.

    The problem is just that not many people are using it, and there are already other functional communication hub such as Jalin Merapi or Media Center from Air putih. :)

  4. Barry

    Thank you for your info wongiseng.


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