Example: Sectarian Violence Against Syrian Religious Minorities (featured image)
Use For: Gathering information; Fast, rapid deployment
Crowdmap is a product of Ushahidi that allows the user to create a map that other people can add information to. It’s platform works on desktop and mobile devices. Crowdmap is free and all maps are public. Crowdmap Plus costs $10 per month or $100 per year. It allows the user to create private maps, have access to a variety of map tiles, and use CSS to further customize maps.
When setting up a map the user can chose collaborators, whether or not to auto-approve posts by others, and if markers should be clustered. Connecting Instagram to Crowdmap allows the user to auto map Instagram hashtags. Those who are administrators of a map have access to statistics about the posts being published to the map.
Anyone can create a post that has text, an image and a location on the map. The person posting can choose if the post is public or private. If the person posting does not have a Crowdmap account or is not logged in the post will be published anonymously.
Crowdmap is very easy to use and does not require any prior mapping experience. There is also a helpful guide about how to use Crowdmap. The guide includes a comparison of the new version of Crowdmap, discussed here, to Crowdmap Classic which is explained in the Ushahidi post.