Sharek961: Crowdsourcing News Reporting of the Lebanese June 7th Parliamentary Election

3 Jun, 2009

Remember Aljazeera crowd-sourced mapping mashup “Mapping the War on Gaza” we reported last January 2009 ? the story ? that got ArabCrunch on Slashdot?

Well, the crowed sourcing news concept is hitting the region again, but this time it is about the Lebanese June 7th parliamentary election with sharek961.org.

Like Aljazeera’s “Mapping the War on Gaza” with Sharek961.org people across Lebanon can send in reports related to the election through SMS, Tiwtter, email, and the web and Sharek961 will anonymously publish these citizen reports alongside news reports, blog posts, photos, videos and tweets in one place, on an interactive map.

Sharek961 displays incidents on a map that are Mashedup with Google Map, you can click the dots on the map to view the reports. Incidents can be filtered into: reports, news, pictures and videos. While categories can be filtered into election related events such as: illegal campaigning, interruption of voting procedures.

In Sharek961 users can report incidents at any city or location in Lebanon, and anyone can subscribe to email alerts.

To Report an incident to “Sharek961 ” via Text Message (SMS) in Lebanon, you can send a text message to: 7118 9118, from outside Lebanon (+961) 7118 9118 , via Twitter,  email to report@sharek961.org  or via web here.

According to a press release sent by someone from Sharek961 “Sharek961 does not attempt to verify reports and makes no claims as to their accuracy, as a neutral platform it publishes all material reports without editorial or censorship.”

Sharek961 is based on an open-source project called Ushahidi. Early Ushahidi deployments include Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the 2007 war on Gaza , as well as Vote Report India.

The people behind Sharek961 describe themselves as volunteers including: Abdallah Chamas, David Munir Nabti, Katherine Maher, Mustapha Hamoui, and Sacha Tueni. Plus orginazations such as eMoksha and Sawt Ashabab.

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