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Software company Ushahidi uses open source skills to help during Kenya mall siege

Ushahidi develops two tools to help

The four-day-long siege of a Nairobi mall ended Tuesday with a death toll of more than 60 people – a number that’s expected to rise as more bodies are recovered. Another 170+ people were reportedly injured in the attack by Islamist militants. » Read more

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SwitchPoint Conference to gather innovators in global health

SwitchPoint Conference

The 2nd annual SwitchPoint Conference approaches this month in North Carolina, gathering innovators from across industries to discuss increasing global health equity. (Read Michael Tiemann's keynote from last year's SwitchPoint.) This year's more than 40 presenters include: » Read more

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If you want a culture of collaboration, you need to accept the LOLCats too

If you want a culture of collaboration, you need to accept the LOLCats too

"Even with the sacred printing press, we got erotic novels 150 years before we got scientific journals."

- Clay Shirky at TED Cannes in June 2010

This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people in the business, Clay Shirky. I particularly like it because it illustrates the period many organizations find themselves in when trying to integrate social media internally. Before wikis were used by the Intelligence Community to develop reports on IEDs, people were creating user badges to show off their favorite NFL teams. Before my own company's Intranet won any awards, we had people talking about how they enjoy skinny dipping on their profile. Before our VPs starting using Yammer to communicate with the workforce, we had groups of Android geeks and fitness gurus.I'm telling you this because if you're implementing any type of social media behind your organizational firewall, you should prepare yourself, your colleagues, your bosses, your senior leadership for this one inexorable truth. » Read more

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Two open source projects help Haiti quake victims

Ushahidi

Ushahidi means "testimony" in Swahili. Ushahidi.com was originally created by citizen journalists to map violence and peace efforts in Kenya after the 2008 elections. The Ushahidi Engine is a mashup of user-generated reports with Google Maps. It is now used around the world from its roots in Kenya to Atlanta, GA to India.

Now haiti.ushahidi.com is being used to track the status of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti. The map shows the situation in several categories: » Read more

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