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 is about making smart decisions with a data management system that rapidly collects data from the crowd and visualizes what happened, when and where. For this hackathon we will connect to their work on Responsible Project Lifecycles. Before you start working on open data, before one line of code, graphic, or prototype comes into being, what are the things to adhere to if you want to create impact with open data?
The problem to be addressed
Ushahidi is about making smart decisions with a data management system that rapidly collects data from the crowd and visualizes what happened, when and where. For this challenge we will both explore the possibilities of their platform and make use of their insights on Responsible Project Lifecycles. In partnership with the ZLTO (the Farmer’s Union in the South) the following practical challenge has been put forward:
With farms in the Netherlands growing in scale, so are the tractors and machinery needed to run them. Transportation infrastructure on the other hand does not change much. Rural are roads narrow, and very difficult to expand because of the limited space that is available in Holland. What complicates things is that the countryside is increasingly being used during the tourist season for cycling recreation. An estimated 17 people die or are heavily injured each year due to accidents between cyclists and farm traffic.
The increasing traffic is a danger and an annoyance for both farmers and cyclists alike
Inspiration and relevant links
Ushahidi.com: integration into the Ushahidi platform would be valuable, because of the opportunity to repurpose data to make it suitable to varying stakeholders in the rural area (who all have different needs).
Contact challenger (name, email, Skype, mobile)