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Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment of the Ushahidi Platform without having to install it on your own web server. Crowdmap is the fastest, simplest installation of the Ushahidi platform. Within minutes you'll be up and running with your own installation, mapping reports events and visualizing information. Things You Can Do With Crowdmap Monitor Elections Use the power of the crowd to monitor and visualize what went right, and what went wrong, in an election. Map Crisis Information Whether it's a natural disaster, epidemic or political crisis, Crowdmap is built to handle information coming out of a crisis. Curate Local Resources Crowdsourcing isn't just for emergencies, you can use it for local knowledge and business too. Document A Zombie Invasion How else will you survive the coming apocalypse? Learn more on the Crowdmap Website . Related:  Mind Mapping and Data Visualization

Mind42 Cogito semantic technology Cogito for intelligence The Cogito semantic technology The material analyzed through the intelligence process is mostly unstructured: communications, conversations, data, news, etc., and rarely has an organized form, such as a database structure. As a consequence, the activities of analysis and processing can be highly resource consuming, and prone to error. The work of analysts and knowledge workers remains essential, and technology cannot fully replace it (and never will). Nevertheless, with new generation software based on semantic analysis, it is now possible to understand data automatically as well as to support reasoning and stimulate intuition. The limits of standard approaches Common-or-garden search engines and systems to process unstructured information are unable to address the problem of separating relevant and irrelevant data - as users of Internet search engines know very well. Improved results can be obtained with unconventional technologies. Why use semantic technology?

Web apps - Free Geography Tools Via Slashgeo comes word that Nokia’s Ovi Maps now has a 3D browser-based plugin to compete with Google Earth’s browser plugin. Works in Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer, and supports Mac in addition to Windows for the first three. Terrain resolution is fantastic, IMO better than in Google Earth. The only imagery currently available in 3D mode is satellite imagery, and it also looks pretty good, slightly better than Google Earth for my area. Controls are adequate, but not as smooth as those for Google Earth. Left button for scrollRight button for tilt and rotate; odd reverse direction for tilt compared to Google Earth – you move the mouse forward to increase terrain tilt, and back to decrease it.Scroll wheel for zoom There are 3D building views available for a limited number of cities (e.g. And here’s a comparable view in OviMaps 3D, far superior: There’s also a button that brings you to Nokia’s 2D Ovi Maps; this one features map data from Navteq:

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Homepage The emerging market that could kill the iPhone By Francesca Robin, contributor FORTUNE -- Internet users have heard plenty about third-party aggregators filching their data, spying on them via all manner of cookies and selling Web surfing data to unscrupulous marketers. Much less has been said about what users can do to control their personal information, let alone have a say in who can snoop around, poke into or use it. Until now. How would these personal data lockers work exactly? MORE: Secrets behind Amazon's recommendations Sound like startup swagger? Asked if it was difficult to raise the initial seed capital, cofounder William Heath of U.K. The crucial question appears to now be when such technologies are likely to break into the mainstream. MORE: Google and Facebook's new tactic in the tech wars Netscape and McAfee veteran Cameron Lewis takes a different approach. How then to profit? MORE: The unspoken truth about Apple According to Siegel, Apple will then have to start making data lockers that are, well, beautiful.

Evaluate prototype Summary Participative user based evaluation of a paper or machine prototype to identify usability problems, where the user is probed to explain their expectations and problems. Benefits Potential usability problems can be detected at an early stage before development is complete. Method Planning Select the most important tasks and user group(s) to be tested (e.g. the most frequent or the most critical). Running sessions Welcome the user, and give the task instructions. Output Produce a list of usability problems, categorised by importance (use sticky notes to sort the problems), and an overview of the types of problems encountered. Variations Storyboards or wizard of oz prototypes can be evaluated. The degree of formality of the session depends on the nature of the prototype and the stage of development. The user based evaluation can be complemented by expert or heuristic evaluation. Next steps Case studies Israel Aircraft Industries Background reading

Beautiful Word Clouds Romulus - Domain Driven Design and Mashup Oriented Development The main concept of is researching on novel methods for increasing productivity and reliability of web software development, in particularly, focused on Java web development. proposal is based on recognising some of the deficiencies of standard Java Enterprise Edition, and proposing a new paradigm for developing web applications taking advantage of new trends in software engineering, such as domain driven design combined with agile development methodologies, and some of the principles from Ruby on Rails. In order to have a serious impact, the project does not start from scratch, it is based on two mature open source projects, Roma and LIFERAY, which will be extended according to this proposal needs and following an open source project development methodology, in order to disseminate and exploit the results of the project. Integrating a “Mash-up oriented development” in the process. Web Services Mashups, such as Google Maps or Yahoo Pipes. Develop vertical solutions

Leaflet - a modern, lightweight JavaScript library for interactive maps by CloudMade It's an HTTParty and Everyone Is Invited! So I’ve made a boatload of gems that consume web services (twitter, lastfm, magnolia, delicious, google reader, google analytics). Each time I get a bit better at it and learn something new. I pretty much am only interested in consuming restful api’s and over time I’ve started to see a pattern. The other day I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if that pattern were wrapped up as a present for me (and others) to use? The Pattern Every web service related gem I’ve written makes requests and parses responses into ruby objects. A Princely Example To find something that I haven’t written a gem for, I hopped over to programmable web’s API directory. require 'rubygems' require 'httparty' class Representative include HTTParty end puts Representative.get(' Yep, that is it. Automatically Parse XML Yep, I’m not joking. There, that is a little better. Automatically Parse JSON Holla! Notice any problems with that? Helpers To DRY Things Up HTTP Authentication