THE USHAHIDI PLATFORM: CROWDSOURCING AND CROWDFEEDING. Anahi Ayala Iacucci Media Innovation Advisor [email protected] Kabul Innovation Lab Kabul – January 2012. CROWDSOURCING.
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Anahi Ayala Iacucci
Media Innovation Advisor
Kabul Innovation Lab
Kabul – January 2012
CROWDSOURCING: use the crowd to collect information. The act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call for action. Jeff Howe coined the term in June 2006 explaining that because technological advances have allowed for cheap consumer electronics, the gap between professionals and amateurs has been diminished.
Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, began as a one-off deployment for mapping reports of election violence after the December 2007 Kenyan elections. Ushahidi is a crowdsourcing mapping system that people to report into the platform by web submission, SMS, Twitter or e-mail. The Ushahidi platform is right now being used in more than 100 countries and 10.000 projects, from electoral monitoring in Burundi to violence in Congo to Early Warning system in the Rift Valley.
Points (ex. Fixed points like wells, dams, irrigation systems)
Areas (ex.Agro-ecological regions, risk maps, crop suitability)
PROBLEM: when you do crowdsourcing you don’t know who is the source of your information. The risk is to receive and use false or bias information that can affect your work and credibility.
PROBLEM: people think that a good tool is enough to make a good project. This is not the case: a tool is only a tool, a good project is much more than that.
PROBLEM: If running a long term crowdsourcing project the big problem is how to make it sustainable. Will people keep reporting on that issue?
Possible solution: private instance but will never be 100% safe
Possible solution: not doing crowdsourcing, or rely on a very strong robust local field presence to take care of verification