Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Our software has been used by media, community capacity builders, storytellers, international development workers, and more to tell a visual story.
Crowdmap is cloud-based and simple to use. You can setup an account. I find it takes about 1 hour to get it all set-up and then to play/learn the tool.
Ushahidi platform allows for more customization of your deployment and does require a server.
SwiftRiver helps people to make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time.
These pages are good places to get started on your Ushahidi journey:
Some examples of excellence in these types of maps:
Types of Maps
Deployments of the Week
We have a number of community channels including a mailing list (list.ushahidi.com to join firstname.lastname@example.org) and a skype group for the community (please add heatherleson to be connected)
Some resources to help you:
The International Red Cross/Red Crescent released this recent study on how to manage sensitive data online:
We've created some resources to review, including recommending Tactical Tech's Security in a Box:
We've created the following toolkits to help people plan their project. I would recommend reviewing them as your prepare your plan.
Video channels: http://ushahidi.mirocommunity.org/