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This page is intended as a place to put notes from the POSSE Ushahidi group. This page is under active development as we start to get ourselves organized.

Contents

Group Members

Foss2serve contact: Cam MacDonell

  • Monisha Pulimood
  • Alan Rea
  • Samuel A. Rebelsky

Installation Instructions

The installation instructions are now available on a separate page.

Some Installations of Ushahidi

Exercise: Find some deployments and post links to the Etherpad.

Ushahidi's "Deployment of the Week"

Witness Pollution Map (Louisiana)

Great Lakes Commons

LA Times studies sidewalk problems. Incorporated within a site.

- This is a test implementation of ushahidi that Sean put on his server.

More need to be added from TitanPad

Playing with the API

Here's a suffix to add to the URL ... api?task=incidents&resp=xml

That gives you XML of the first 20 incidents or so. You can play with what the tasks are or how the response is formed (xml or JSON).

More info Ushahidi Public API

Dealing with these data can be done in any language. (XML may be more human readable, JSON is a bit more computer readable.)

There's a nice opportunity to turn these things into objects.

Assignments

Due June 13

Download the Ushahidi Zombie Data Set. Then incorporate it into your Ushahidi installation.

Optional: Set up a Twitter feed for your Ushahidi installation.

Develop some preliminary ideas for how you might be using Ushahidi in your class.

Due June 20

Everyone: Try to connect with the Ushahidi user or developer community.

Due June 27

Sam: Prepare report on building and installing the Ushahidi App.

Everyone (optional): Write and share an assignment.

Meetings

Miscellaneous Notes

The Future of Ushahidi

Ushahidi is going through a fairly significant rewrite, so it will look different in awhile. However, they are really making a push to document their development process for the forthcoming version 3.0.

The rewrite is to make it more manageable.

You can find out more about it by Googling "Ushahidi 3.0".

See [1] for links to design process, blogs, etc.

Ushahidi and Java

'Some of us want to use Ushahidi in the context of courses in which Java is the main programming language. However, Ushahidi is written primarily in PHP and SQL. One option is to use the Ushahidi Web API. There is even a Java warpper for that API. Another is to work with the Android App, which like most Android Apps, is written in Java. We've started a short guide to building the Ushahidi Android App.

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