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Bayosphere was a short-lived user-driven local news site in San Francisco.
Bayosphere was launched in 2005 by former San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor and Michael Goff and received investment funding from Mitch Kapor and the Omidyar Network.
The site developed a citizen journalist pledge. Gillmor’s primary focus was on the citizen journalism process, and he didn’t specify the subject matter that the site would cover. Consequently, Bayosphere was criticized for not being focused.
The site was criticized after its demise for being tech-centric and not truly representing San Francisco, and using inaccessible web tools. Gillmor pointed to a lack of collaboration and lack of partnerships as being key to the site’s demise.
Ushahidi is an open-source platform for collecting and visualizing information about crisis situations. The site was developed in 2008 by Ory Okolloh to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Though Ushahidi was founded in Kenya, its staff members are distributed around the world. Ushahidi is a nonprofit and received seed funding from the international…