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Mobile Data Collection

Open Data Kit (ODK)

ODK is a set of open source applications which allow one to create a questionnaire form in the Xform format, fill it out on a mobile phone or tablet running the Android operating system, store and view the aggregated information on a central server, and retrieve the aggregated data to one’s computer for analysis. Data capture includes GPS coordinates for real-time mapping of responses in Google Maps, or near-real time once the surveyor has an Internet connection to send the collected forms back to the server.

Whether you’re a seasoned mobile apps user or new to mobile apps especially for data collection, this course will allow you to quickly get grips on with ODK for both simple and more complex tasks during your data management process.
This course also plays a vital role in minimizing both time and resources used right from data collection all through the data management process and also make analyses easier.

For whom the course is intended

It is intended for individuals and organizations that want to ease their data collection process.

Course Objectives

    • To enable the individual to create X-forms compliant questionnaire using three different applications which will include skip logic, graphical questions, cascading question types, input value control, multiple languages, media and geo-location input.
    • To enable participant to install and manage a central server on the Windows platform to aggregate the data or use one of the free on-line storage services.
    • To enable the participant learn how to set the various parameters of the Android application for optimal usage.

Course Content

    • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
    • Setting up aggregate server with Google App Engine
    • Uploading the form to aggregate & send to Android phone
    • Designing & building a form using ODK build
    • Setting server preference on android phone
    • Data collection
    • Submitting completed data to aggregate server
    • Exporting data from ODK aggregate as CSV
    • Importing ODK – CSV file into statistical applications
    • Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing (fusion map)

Registration

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EpiCollect

EpiCollect is a generic data collection tool that allows you to collect and submit geotagged data forms (along with photos) to a central project website (hosted using Googles AppEngine) from suitable mobile phones (Android or iPhone). For example, questionnaires, surveys etc. All data synchronised (ie a copy sent from the phone) from multiple phones can then be viewed/charted/ filtered at the project website using Google Maps / Earth or downloaded.

Furthermore, data can be requested and viewed/filtered from the project website directly on your phone using Google Maps.

Course Objectives

    • Briefly, the workflow for setting up a project and undertaking data collection is as follows:
    • Create a Project website at EpiCollect.net
    • Using the drag ’n’ drop form builder design a Form containing the kind of textual data you want to collect.
    • Load the Project into the EpiCollect app on your phone (and share your project with anyone else you wish to collect data)
    • Collect multiple sets of geotagged data, with (or without) photos.
    • Synchronise data from your phone with your project website.
    • View data using Google Maps and Google Earth at your Project Website, or on your phone (Google Maps only).

Registration

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Magpi

Magpi is a cloud-based, off-the-shelf mobile application for data collection and broadcast messaging that is designed to simplify workflow. It enables users to quickly, easily and cost effectively collect forms data on any mobile device and to create large-scale, broadcast messaging campaigns.

Magpi has numerous uses in a variety of industries. It can be used to conduct surveys, collect data, facilitate communication through broadcast messages, track personnel, send emergency alert, send reminders and manage supply chain management. Magpi users include a wide spectrum of professions around the world including engineers, inspectors, facility managers, surveyors, educators, emergency responders, NGO Personnel, medical personnel and many more. Organizations using Magpi include many US and other government agencies, UN organizations, non-profits, and businesses.

Course Content

The course is organized in modules and each module covers a reasonable content to enable participants connect and progress successively in the next modules.
Module 1: Introduction to Magpi
    • Basic introduction
    • Mobile platform
Module 2: Creating Forms
    • Electronic form design
    • Downloading form to mobile phone

Module 3: Editing Forms
Module 4: Data Exploration from Server
    • Uploading data from mobile phone to the server
    • Viewing data
    • Analyzing data
Module 5: Deleting Forms
Module 6: Sharing Forms with Other Users

Registration

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