Open Data Kit
University of Washington & Google
According to their website Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK allows to (1) build a survey through ODK Build, (2) mobile data collection with ODK Collect, and aggregate the collected data and extract it in useful formats with ODK Aggregate.
Find a video here explaining ODK.
Read more about the deployment of projects using ODK.
Core ODK development is supported by ongoing research at the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering and through donations from users.
Individuals, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
ODK Collect on Android has been installed by 100,000 – 500,000 users, as of August 2016.
Below are the ODK tools released and supported:
– ODK Build enables users to generate forms – called XForms – using a drag-and-drop form designer. Build is implemented as an HTML5 web-based application and targets the common use case of a simple form.
– ODK Collect is powerful phone-based replacement for the paper forms. Collect is built on the Android platform and can collect a variety of form data types: text, location, photos, video, audio, and barcodes.
– ODK Aggregate provides a ready to deploy online repository to store, view and export collected data. Aggregate can run on Google’s reliable and free infrastructure as well as on local servers backed by MySQL and PostgreSQL.
– ODK Form Uploader easily uploads a blank form and its media files to ODK Aggregate.
– ODK Briefcase is the best way to transfer data from Collect and Aggregate.
– ODK Validate ensures that the users have a OpenRosa compliant form — one that will also work with all the ODK tools.
– ODK XLS2XForm allows XForms to be designed with Excel.
If that doesn’t help, search the email@example.com mailing list (for general questions), and the firstname.lastname@example.org (for coding questions) to see if the issue has been answered. If you don’t find an answer after searching, then post your question to the appropriate list and the ODK team will reply.
Current distribution ODK 2.0 rev 204 (June 2016).
Open Data Kit 2.0: Expanding and Refining Information Services for Developing Regions. Waylon Brunette, Mitchell Sundt, Nicola Dell, Rohit Chaudhri, Nathan Breit, Gaetano Borriello. In HotMobile, 2013
ODK Tables: Building Easily Customizable Information Applications on Android Devices. Waylon Brunette, Samuel Sudar, Nicholas Worden, Dylan Price, Richard Anderson, Gaetano Borriello. In DEV, 2013
Open Data Kit Sensors: A Sensor Integration Framework for Android at the Application-Level. Waylon Brunette, Rita Sodt, Rohit Chaudhri, Mayank Goel, Michael Falcone, Jaylen VanOrden, Gaetano Borriello. In MobiSys, 2012
Open Data Kit Sensors: Mobile Data Collection with Wired and Wireless Sensors. Rohit Chaudhri, Waylon Brunette, Mayank Goel, Rita Sodt, Jaylen VanOrden, Michael Falcone, Gaetano Borriello. In DEV, 2012
Design of a Phone-Based Clinical Decision Support System for Resource-Limited Settings. Yaw Anokwa, Nyoman Ribeka, Tapan Parikh, Gaetano Borriello, Martin C. Were. In ICTD, 2012
and older publications.
Tested by users.
The ODK Collect app is rated 4.3/5 by 1,111 users on Android.
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