We’re rolling out an Ushahidi v3.0 Testing release, gearing towards a full launch set for August 19th, 2015 ! Community feedback will be collected between 7th and 13th August 2015, to help us identify bugs and collect your general feedback on the platform.
How to get started
There are two ways to test:-
Use our demo site
Use the following credentials (Username: demo, password: testing) OR
Register and get in touch with us for an upgrade to admin status after registration
Sharing your feedback!
We’re collecting feedback in two ways:-
Via this simple form here (no-sign in required).
Directly via Github issues (for those familiar with Github)
In the spirit of collaboration, we’re setting aside some time for co-testing and translation fun!
Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015 :) .
Time: Thursday, August 13th 2015 00:00 UTC to Thursday, August 13th 2015 23:59 UTC
To participate, join us and members of the Ushahidi team on:-
Nairobi based folks, the Ushahidi team will be testing out of the South to South Lab on the Ground Floor of Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road between 9a.m EAT and 5p.m EAT, so feel free to stop by and join the fun(and have pizza with us!)
Reports are now posts
The name change from reports to posts is a recognition that data collected might not just be a traditional ‘report’ of an event any more.
Multiple ways to view your posts
Along with the traditional map and list views, we now have timeline and bar chart views on the homepage.
Collect whatever information you want with Post Types
Posts are no longer a fixed form with built in fields. You can customize them by creating many post types, with different stages and custom fields to collect the data you need.
Manage a workflow with steps
Each post is now made up of a number of steps. These can be made required (or not) before the post is published. This lets you build the workflow you need, e.g
Want to make sure all posts have a location before they’re public? Add a ‘location stage’. Want to collect info about actions taken on a post, but don’t want wait to publish it? you can do that too.
One interface for all posts
We no longer have separate views from managing posts and viewing posts.
Receive messages directly as ‘posts’
The old ‘ messages ’ views are gone. New SMS or twitter messages now come in directly as “ unstructured ” posts, that are ready to be completed and published quickly and easily.
Create curated collections of posts
Want to share a group of posts with someone? or save them for later? All platform users can now create collections for themselves and to share with others.
Build your own workflows with Saved Searches: You are no longer restricted to simple queues of posts e.g ‘ Awaiting Approval ’/‘ Awaiting Verification ’ - You can create any search you want, save it, and the check again later.