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is an open-source platform for collecting and visualizing information about crisis situations.

The site was by Ory Okolloh to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Though Ushahidi was founded in Kenya, its staff members are .

Ushahidi is a and from the international nonprofit and a grant through the and the . As of 2012, its remained foundation grant funding.

Ushahidi allows users to submit reports via phone, email, text message or Twitter. Those reports can then be collected and mapped through Ushahidi’s and . In 2010, the group , a tool to further sort and prioritize that information. It has also , a cloud-based version of the Ushahidi service.

The site has been used to in the developing world, including the , and violent incidents in Pakistan. The Arabic-language television network Al Jazeera used Ushahidi to in 2009. The platform has been suggested as a way for news organizations to to track large-scale crises, as well as .

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Ushahidi’s Knight News Challenge video:

Ushahidi’s Patrick Meier on the news media’s use of the platform:

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