CrisisNET

Ushahidi

Solution Overview & Benefits

CrisisNET is Ushahidi's platform for the world’s crisis data. Journalists, data scientists, developers, and other makers get fast, easy access to critical government, business, humanitarian, and crowdsourced information. By reducing the time it takes to access and use crisis data from hours or days to minutes, CrisisNET removes the barriers to big data, and empowers communities to create solutions for their own problems.

When crises hit, timely, relevant data can help governments, local volunteers and the humanitarian community respond quickly to events on the ground. However, even though modern crises generate unprecedented amounts of data, most of it remains locked away in obscure formats and undocumented APIs — beyond the reach of most media organizations, NGOs and community leaders. Even when the data is accessible, specialists must invest significant time and resources to make it usable while lives are being lost.

History & Development

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name “Ushahidi” has come to represent the people behind the “Ushahidi Platform.”

Ushahidi's roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phones. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for creating CrisisNET, which would go on to be used by others around the world.

Availability

Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price range (USD): Free
Available online: yes

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