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Ushahidi Mapping Platform Used In Haiti Response

The Ushahidi online mapping platform, first created and used in 2008 to track election-related violence in Kenya, has recently been pressed into service as a disaster response information platform for the Haiti earthquake response.  The platform allows for the collection, mapping, and reporting of incidents of various types, via both SMS (text messaging) and the Web.  Instead of mapping incidents of violence as in Nairobi, the platform is now being used in Haiti to track emergency reports of various types as well as the humanitarian response.