Data Set A screen shot from an Ushahidi blog post detailing a CrisisNET use case.

Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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A Platform for the World’s Crisis Data

Last week, nonprofit mapping software company Ushahidi launched CrisisNET, a data platform for information related to humanitarian crises around the globe. The site, now in public beta, is an initiative to continuously collect, organize, and clean crisis information from various sources in order to make the data easily accessible through an application programming interface (API). The site draws data from sources including Ushahidi’s own data collection infrastructure in various countries as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the United Nations humanitarian information portal ReliefWeb. The Ushahidi team has also published a series of blog posts documenting CrisisNET use cases, including using mapping violence in Syria and using Twitter data to analyze the World Cup riots in Brazil.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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