Movements - student project

I want to create a website that tracks the movements of refugee populations in real time in crisis situations (think Syria, Libya). Initially, tracking updates will be mostly text and static-image based, and I'll have to input them manually. Eventually, though, I'd like to incorporate RSS feeds,  create animated infographics that illustrate populations movements and so on. I would also like to figure out a way to pull and consolidate relevant data from news sites and from social media applications like Twitter and Facebook, so that I'm getting up-to-the-minute information. If I did this for a living (or if I decided to do this for a living), I would try to develop some sort of Ushahidi-like system where individuals in crisis situations could send updates via feature phones.