Ushahidi is a location-based crowdsourcing site that collects, manages, and visualizes data submitted by citizens through SMS, Twitter, e-mail, and mobile apps.
Software features include:
Data collection from multiple sources, SMS submissions, custom surveys, IOS & Android compatibility.
Management of information by grouping datasets, and through filters, saved searches, workflows, and team collaboration.
Data visualization utilizing a mapping feature powered by Open Streets Maps and MapQuest, and configurable charts.
The platform has been used in the context of election monitoring, crisis response, and advocacy & human rights.
In 2008, Ushahidi was founded by four Kenyan bloggers as a tool to ensure citizen safety amid post-election violence in Kenya. The software has since been used for crowdsourcing projects in over 160 countries.
The African technology leader is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.