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Placeblogger is a site that aggregates and organizes content from local blogs.
The site, founded by Boston-area blogger Lisa Williams in 2007, allows users to create specialized feeds and maps of local blogs. The site has a database of blogs sorted into designated market areas for advertisers, as well as a service to help license local blog content. In 2009, Placeblogger redesigned its site to encourage more personal interaction.
Placeblogger received $222,000 in startup funding from the Knight Foundation through its News Challenge in 2007.
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…