ODK v1.4.4 tools now available

August 29th, 2014 by Mitchell Sundt

There are new v1.4.4 versions of:

ODK Aggregate
  • Installer now asks for an ODK Aggregate username and uses that as the super-user (rather than a gmail account). Eliminates problems with Google OpenID logins by avoiding/obsoleting them.
  • IE 6 and IE 7 are no longer supported.
  • Fix for column naming bug that sometimes impacted tables with 60+character-long field names
  • Many updates to 3rd party libraries
  • Incompatible ODK Tables changes -- if you have tried ODK Tables, see the release notes for upgrade steps.
ODK Collect
  • New feature: delete-after-submit capability and setting. Contributed by Nafundi
  • New feature: access form definitions off of Google Drive and publish forms to Google Maps Engine and Picassa (jointly). Contributed by Nafundi
  • New: Czech and Polish translations
  • Fix: when user credentials are changed, the old credentials were not cleared. Contributed by SurveyCTO.
  • Fix: changing user settings were not reflected in user property values referenced by subsequent forms.
  • Fix: crash due to bad french translation
  • Fix: crash when two or more forms referenced the same external itemset
  • Fix: internationalization issue in external itemsets
XLSForm
xlsform.exe
  • Most documentation has moved to here
  • New prompt type: "select one external" Documentation coming shortly...
ODK Validate
  • Fix: recognizes property('propertyname') function and detects typos in property names

Philippine Red Cross uses ODK for its community health activities

July 25th, 2014 by Waylon Brunette

Red Cross staff and volunteer trainee facilitators held a workshop in Cebu City for community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) to promote health in vulnerable communities. Part of the workshop was practicing mobile data collection methods using the Open Data Kit Collect. Read more about the workshop on the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies website story.

ODK opens door to improved survey data for agriculture

July 7th, 2014 by Waylon Brunette

An agrilinks post discusses how ODK can be leveraged for M&E as part of USAID's Feed the Future program.

"The project’s work with ODK is just one example of USAID’s public commitment to develop and scale innovation through strategic partnerships with the private sector. Within USAID Forward, smarter data use is placed center stage in the Agency’s efforts to increase transparency, collaboration, and impact."

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"Using the ODK development interface, the project was able to develop a core template for the data collection survey that was then modified based on the specific data collection needs and regional differences of each country. Also, in-country teams were able to provide feedback gathered from training sessions and testing to identify modifications to the core template. Taking advantage of the integrated nature of the ODK Collect survey tool and ODK Aggregate server, surveys could be quickly modified, tested, and released for further testing or data collection. This rapid prototyping method could be particularly valuable for those conducting surveys on a similarly large scale."

Read the full post here.