Tag: crowdsourcing

by Ryan Graff

This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Northwestern University Knight Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog as part of a series of Q&As with highly impressive makers and strategists from media and its fringes, each with unique perspectives on journalism, publishing and communications technology. Catch up and/or follow the series here. […] more »

by Jeffrey Warren

This post was co-authored with [Becki Chall](http://publiclaboratory.org/people/becki), also from Public Lab [Public Lab](http://publiclaboratory.org) is structured like many open-source communities, with a non-profit hosting and coordinating the efforts of a broader, distributed community of contributors and members. However, we are in the unique position that our community creates innovative open-source hardware projects — tools to measure […] more »

by Miguel Paz

A week after Poderopedia launched its public beta, the response it’s been getting has been huge. So far, close to 800 users have registered on the website; it’s receiving an average of 26 new facts and connections per day; there are request to create local Poderopedia chapters from people in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, […] more »

by Liz Barry

What happens when you introduce biologists who want microbial samples from 500 feet up in the air to the Public Laboratory community of balloon mappers? Or play matchmaker between entomologists with global biodiversity records dating back to the 1700s and data scientists who are jonesing to visualize? How about getting 30 people in a room […] more »

by Miguel Paz

That’s right: The world did not end when we launched Poderopedia’s Public Beta this Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. in the Chile time zone. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The last months for the Poderopedia team have been full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When […] more »

by Juliana Rotich

At Ushahidi, we have interacted with various organizations around the world, and the key thing we remember from reaching out to some NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Kenya is that we faced a lot of resistance when we began in 2008, with organizations not willing to share data which was often in PDFs and not in […] more »

by Heather Ford

During the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake last year, the Ushahidi-Chile team received two reports — one through the platform, the other via Twitter — that indicated an English-speaking foreigner was trapped under a building in Santiago. “Please send help,” the report read. “i am buried under rubble in my home at Lautaro 1712 Estación […] more »

by Miguel Paz

In December 2008, almost a year before Sebastián Piñera was elected president of Chile, the millionaire businessman and politician got together with his closest friends for a small birthday party in his investment headquarters in upper Santiago. This tight group, which the media has dubbed “Piñera’s business West Wing,” was composed of Piñera’s brother Pablo, […] more »

by Andrew Whitacre

One of the things we at MIT are very quietly considering — quietly in the same sense that I first considered getting a creative writing degree, as in, seduced by the prospect while overawed by the reality — is holding a large, public civic media conference as part of, or in addition to, our invitation-only […] more »