- Ushahidi is a tool for collecting, managing, and visualizing data.
- Data can be collected from anyone, anytime, anywhere by SMS, email, web, Twitter, and RSS.
- Posts can be managed and triaged with filters and workflows.
- Data can be viewed in many ways: on a map, in a list, or as a visualization.
Anyone can use Ushahidi, but traditionally it has been a tool used by Crisis Responders, Human Rights Reporters, and Citizens & Governments (such as election monitoring or corruption reporters). We also serve environmental mappers, asset monitoring, citizen journalism, international development, and many others.
- Ushahidi 3.x was built on a PHP stack: dependencies are managed with composer, we’re using Kohana 3 but phasing that out, and we’ve isolated the core logic of the platform standalone Entity and Usecase classes.
- The user interface of Ushahidi 3.x is now a separate app (the client) built purely in JS, HTML + CSS using AngularJS, Single SPA and a collection of other libraries, with a build pipeline using gulp and Webpack.
- What’s new (and improved)?
- Dependencies are properly managed and easier to update or replace needed.
- We’re using our own API to build the app, it gets first class support.
- You can work on just the UI without delving into the API code
- Modern libraries mean they’re still being supported, we don’t have the burden of supporting legacy libraries ourselves.
- code is more structured making it easier to find what you want
- code is doesn’t repeat itself so a change can be made in one place, not need to be copied everywhere else
- UI is isolated to the client, allowing work on just the UI without having to delve into the API code