Software

The Ushahidi Treasure Hunt

We’ve been busy of late setting up OpenCrisis – a place to connect UK crisismappers, local authorities, responders, citizens and government folks, to produce a coordinated and prepared population to help with overseas crises, and to be able to use crisismapping techniques and tools if an overwhelming crisis ever hits the UK. Part of the group’s aims is to get people used to crisismapping tools (both using and responding to them) when they’re not wet, cold, scared and/or running for their lives.  Ushahidi is an important part of the crisismapping toolkit, so we’ve started with that.  And one of the best ways to get people engaged with a tool is through play.  The Ushahidi zombie game is fun, but we wanted something that Brits could play competitively at an unconference, that wasn’t too far from their previous experience and wouldn’t take very much time. Hence the Ushahidi Treasure Hunt.  We’re still working on…

Bridge Porn

Some things still stop me in my tracks. And I admit it, I have a thing about bridges and cranes. It might be hereditary (my great-grandfather was a bridge designer), but there is something about a beautifully-designed bridge that makes me want to stop and marvel at it. Last week, it was the Roman Flavian Bridge and three-tier aquaducts in Provence, but it’s not era-specific: the Tees Transporter Bridge and Alamillo Bridge have also had me fixed to my camera and thanking the architects. So it’s a wonderful thing to have stumbled across Structurae, a wonderful top-trumps-figure-supplying site for all things huge and beautiful. Which is much better perhaps than the beard-related sites we were looking up yesterday in an attempt to trace the history of the Van Dyke beard. If you must, then Beards.org, GingerBeards and Ubersite seem to be where it’s at. And no, we never did find…