Crowdsource Mapping with Ushahidi: Twitter and Social Media
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Crowdsource Mapping with Ushahidi: Twitter and Social Media

Learn how to gather twitter data, text messages and news data and map the results from volunteers!
4.5 (46 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
449 students enrolled
Created by Dr. Jason VanHorn
Last updated 5/2013
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course you will be able to make multiple crowdsource applications to gather a wide variety of information to produce new knowledge
  • Know how to use Usahidi Crowdmap
  • Know how to build and deploy a crowdsourced mapping application
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  • You need an Internet connection and a computer.

This course will introduce you to the world of crowdsourcing data and visualizing it as a map. It is designed for non-experts to get up and running. You should take this course if you want to gather geographical volunteered information for a project. I will teach you the in's and out's of Crowdmap hosted by the Ushahidi platform. This open-source, free and user developed environment can be used for crisis-mapping, community development, and gathering data from the whole world or a local community.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those with basic computer skills ready to impress clients and your boss.
  • People who want to change the world.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
1 Lecture 05:03
A brief overview of crowdsource mapping and data gathering.
Crowdsourcing with reports and maps
Ushahidi and Crowdmap
3 Lectures 04:47
As of May 6, 2013, when visiting, there is a new look and feel. This video instructs you to select Crowdmap Classic to deploy your crowdsourcing application. has a new look - We want Crowdmap Classic

Learn about your Crowdmap account and how only one account is necessary for multiple project deployments
Understanding your Crowdmap Account

Learn about deployments of Crowdmap and the permanent and adjustable parameters for each deployed application.
Your Deployments and Dashboard
Gathering Data from the Crowd
8 Lectures 32:01

Learn about the Dashboard environment to quickly assess your deployment. Also we begin discussing gathering data from email.

Settings and Email

Learn about the specific strategies and how to initiate the email parameters to send and receive email reports.
Email 2

Learn about the timing of pulling data from multiple places, such as twitter and email.
The Scheduler

Learn how hash-tags work and how you can begin collecting data from the crowd using tweets.
Collecting from Twitter

Learn about text message systems and initial setup for receiving and sending text messages to the crowd.
Collecting from SMS - Mobile Texting

Learn about specifics regarding gsm modems and Frontline SMS as well as Clickatell.
Setting up your SMS

Learn which phones are easily adaptable to the FrontlineSMS software and which are not.
FrontlineSMS and Mobile Technology

Learn how text SMS to email addresses is handled by Crowdmap.
Email from SMS?
Dashboard Options
7 Lectures 29:55
Learn about the map interface, various basemaps that can be used for your deployment, and how to thinking about your crowd data geographically.
The Map Interface and Options

Learn about categories and how to create, edit, and nest them.
Thinking about Categories

Learn about RSS feeds and how to draw news information from RSS located outside the deployment.
What is RSS and Newsfeeds?

Learn more detailed information about Report components.
Introduction to Reports

Learn how to use the mapping aspect of reports to pinpoint activity related to your deployment.
Creating Reports

Learn how to auto-verify reports based on trigger actions from your crowd.
How to auto-verify and auto-publish reports

Learn the basics of how the crowd can sign-up for alerts and how to see those users.

Alerts 101
Map Layers and Statistics
2 Lectures 04:47
Learn about KML layers and how to import them as thematic map layers.
Adding KML Layers and Thematic Layers to your Map Interface

Learn how to handle SPAM traffic and understand visitor statistics.
SPAM, Analytics, and Stats
3 Lectures 04:41
Learn the basics of design elements in your deployment and how to add new info pages.
Design 1

Learn how templates can play a role in the user experience and how to select a template.
Design 2

Learn how the world see's your deployment listed on
Public Listing
4 Lectures 06:00
Learn about specific Plug-ins and what they do to enhance your deployment.
Plug-ins and Addons

Learn how to add team members with accounts and control level of access for your team.
Working with teammates and users

Learn how to make your deployment private and only accessible to account users.
Making your deployment private

Learn the places you can get help within the Crowdmap environment.
Getting more help!
About the Instructor
Dr. Jason VanHorn
4.5 Average rating
10 Reviews
574 Students
2 Courses
Professional Geographer

I hold a PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University and have been working with computer-based maps since the mid-1990s. I am a professor of Geography in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin College Geography and have worked on various public and private projects as a expert of cartography and Geographical Information Systems. I have consulted for various people, including the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. I hope you enjoy my courses and I look forward to our interaction.