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Minor hurdle negotiated: PhD proposal drafted.

Feeling a sense of slight dizziness just now, I’ve drafted my PhD proposal and sent it to a couple of colleagues for their thoughts.  Referees have also been approached.  Hopefully all will be in place by this time next week and I can rest up over Christmas…

Right: what next?

(Meanwhile, English cities have witnessed student protests for quite a few days now – some of it has reached Scotland as well, although the legislation they’re agitating against doesn’t apply up here.  For now.  Rather like the Ushahidi example of collaborative data management, the students in London have been using Google Maps to plot developments as they try to outwit and outmanoeuvre the police.  More information here, while the map’s here.)

Crowdsourcing Disaster Relief

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Follow the TechCrunch link to a relatively short piece on the uses of Ushahidi and connected technologies in crisis and disaster relief. Among the points to note are that this is from the technology-focused media, that it’s written by guest contributors who are keen to spread the word about how technology can be used in these situations, and also that Ushahidi seems to be dominating this space at the moment from what I’ve seen. This is not a criticism as there are clearly opportunities for other to contribute – that’s the point after all – and as Ushahidi becomes more straightforward to use, more uses will be found.