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!
4.6 (42 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.
430 students enrolled
Created by Dr. Jason VanHorn
Last updated 5/2013
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 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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Requirements
  • You need an Internet connection and a computer.
Description

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
01:27:14
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Introduction
1 Lecture 05:03
A brief overview of crowdsource mapping and data gathering.
Crowdsourcing with reports and maps
05:03
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Ushahidi and Crowdmap
3 Lectures 04:47
As of May 6, 2013, when visiting crowdmap.com, there is a new look and feel. This video instructs you to select Crowdmap Classic to deploy your crowdsourcing application.
Crowdmap.com has a new look - We want Crowdmap Classic
00:34

Learn about your Crowdmap account and how only one account is necessary for multiple project deployments
Understanding your Crowdmap Account
02:40

Learn about deployments of Crowdmap and the permanent and adjustable parameters for each deployed application.
Your Deployments and Dashboard
01:33
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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
08:32

Learn about the specific strategies and how to initiate the email parameters to send and receive email reports.
Email 2
05:36

Learn about the timing of pulling data from multiple places, such as twitter and email.
The Scheduler
05:46

Learn how hash-tags work and how you can begin collecting data from the crowd using tweets.
Collecting from Twitter
04:08

Learn about text message systems and initial setup for receiving and sending text messages to the crowd.
Collecting from SMS - Mobile Texting
02:43

Learn about specifics regarding gsm modems and Frontline SMS as well as Clickatell.
Setting up your SMS
02:55

Learn which phones are easily adaptable to the FrontlineSMS software and which are not.
FrontlineSMS and Mobile Technology
00:58

Learn how text SMS to email addresses is handled by Crowdmap.
Email from SMS?
01:23
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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
05:28

Learn about categories and how to create, edit, and nest them.
Thinking about Categories
04:04

Learn about RSS feeds and how to draw news information from RSS located outside the deployment.
What is RSS and Newsfeeds?
03:22

Learn more detailed information about Report components.
Introduction to Reports
03:33

Learn how to use the mapping aspect of reports to pinpoint activity related to your deployment.
Creating Reports
06:17

Learn how to auto-verify reports based on trigger actions from your crowd.
How to auto-verify and auto-publish reports
04:44

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

Alerts 101
02:27
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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
03:48

Learn how to handle SPAM traffic and understand visitor statistics.
SPAM, Analytics, and Stats
00:59
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Design
3 Lectures 04:41
Learn the basics of design elements in your deployment and how to add new info pages.
Design 1
01:35

Learn how templates can play a role in the user experience and how to select a template.
Design 2
01:07

Learn how the world see's your deployment listed on Crowdmap.com.
Public Listing
01:59
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Wrap-up
4 Lectures 06:00
Learn about specific Plug-ins and what they do to enhance your deployment.
Plug-ins and Addons
02:29

Learn how to add team members with accounts and control level of access for your team.
Working with teammates and users
00:58

Learn how to make your deployment private and only accessible to account users.
Making your deployment private
00:55

Learn the places you can get help within the Crowdmap environment.
Getting more help!
01:38
About the Instructor
Dr. Jason VanHorn
4.6 Average rating
9 Reviews
554 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.