Ushahidi is an interactive data visualization platform that was borne out of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya. The open source platform has evolved to allow users (and there are now upwards of 45,000) to not only map unfolding emergencies, but to also map community services, events, and resources.
Since its founding, Ushahidi has become a mapping and data visualization project that has been used to map unfolding emergencies such as the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the current unrest in Libya, violence in Gaza, and the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Voices of Kibera, a citizen’s reporting project, has used the platform to map water shortages, emergencies, forced evictions, and health-related news. In addition, the organization has used the Ushahidi platform to map community resources such as media training, yoga classes, and Mathare Youth Sports Association neighborhood clean ups.
The Ushahidi platform could be an appropriate platform for Forage Oakland, as it would adequately allow all members to contribute to populating maps. The Ushahidi platform software is available for anyone to use to map an unfolding event in (near) real time, or to map current resources within a community.