Democratic Republic of Congo
…to report on the war that has torn the country apart for the last 15 years.
Its goal is to create a simple way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
The site is a free open-source mash-up which can be run by anybody, anywhere in the world to to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualise it on a map or timeline.
“In the DRC, we are using some NGOs [non-governmental organisations] to help with that data gathering and the main focus for us is to get ordinary people’s stories up,” he added.
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Users can report an incident by filling in a very simple form with a description of what happened, when it took place and put it in a category.