Ushahidi is a beacon among mapping projects. The open-source platform was set up in 2008 following riots during the Kenyan elections, and has since become a world-leader among mapping and crowdsourcing projects. In the aftermath of catastrophes such as typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, Ushahidi brings aid organisations and people on the ground together to plot information on a map. This quickly creates an overview of where victims might be found, where food supplies might be needed, or where there is unrest. Volunteers send information to the platform by text message, email or Twitter. To verify information, i.e. to sort trustworthy information from the nonsense, Ushahidi have developed the software Swiftriver. The value and power of Ushahidi was quickly recognised by major aid agencies (as well as media outlets) and in just a few years it has established itself as an indispensable component of disaster relief efforts.