Blog

2017

ODK Management Transition Survey

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The ODK team is conducting an online survey to solicit feedback from the community about Open Data Kit’s future management structure once it is transitioned ...

ODK Collect v1.5.1 released

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ODK Collect v1.5.1 is now available on the Google Play Store! It’s also available for download here.

ODK Collect v1.4.16 available for download

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Over the last month, we’ve been focusing on fixing long-standing crashes in ODK Collect and the result of that work is today’s release. And if that sounds bo...

2016

ODK usage after Nepal Earthquake

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An article by Nirab Pudasaini on opensource.com discusses how Kathmandu Living Labs leveraged ODK Collect and other open source technologies following the Ne...

ODK use in African primate conservation

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Kourtney Stumpe is a volunteer with Children of Conservation and an environment science major at Georgia State University. She learned ODK so that she could ...

2015

Announcing the ODK Discussion Series

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I’m excited to announce the launch of the ODK Discussion Series! The goal of the discussion series is to explore the many and varied uses of ODK around the w...

Using ODK in Nahr el Bared camp, Lebanon

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A guest blog post from Alia Aghajanian, PhD Candidate from Conflict, Violence and Development Cluster in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team from th...

2014

ODK 2.0 Alpha “rev 122” now available

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A Getting Started Guide walks through using and modifying a form, and highlights many of the capabilities of the 2.0 tools, including bi-directional sync wit...

AMPATH Reaches One Millionth Person

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Megan J. Miller from AMPATH wrote in to highlight an incredible milestone. AMPATH’s ODK-powered home-based HIV/AIDS counseling and testing program in Western...

When Innovation Leads to a Low-Tech Solution

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An article from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health 2013 Annual Report dicusses their collaborations with the Department of Computer Scien...

2013

Help translate ODK into multiple languages

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We designed ODK to work all over the world and supporting multiple languages inside each tool has always been an important goal. With the community’s help, w...

A sneak peek at ODK’s future…

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If you are interested in the future of Open Data Kit, read this technical paper describing the design and direction of ODK 2.0 that was presented at HotMobil...

Protecting the Amazon Rainforest with ODK

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This great “Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops” video from filmmaker Denise Zmekhol shows how the Surui tribe is using ODK and Google Earth to help protect ...

Group Complete Mobile is now open source

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Group Complete by Radical Dynamic was an awesome ODK-compatible data collection and aggregation platform for Android devices. It was known for features like ...

Announcing the ODK Aggregate VM

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As you might already know, ODK Aggregate allows users to download blank forms and upload completed forms. Aggregate also enables users to visualize, export a...

ODK Aggregate 1.3.0 Released

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ODK Aggregate 1.3.0 Production Release is now available for download. In many small ways, this is a complete update to the publishing capabilities of the ser...

Metadata, outputs and calculates in Build

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We are excited to announce that ODK Build now has support for metadata prompts, outputs in captions, and calculates on prompts! As explained below, these fea...

2012

Africa Soil Information Service using ODK

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The African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) is assisting national agencies in Africa with developing soil information systems. AfSIS uses ODK Collect for fi...

Kiva using ODK in Kenya

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A recent Kiva blog post entitled “Technology in the Field: the Future of Microfinance” discusses their use of Open Data Kit:

User input to help ODK 2.0 design

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The ODK core team is currently in the process of creating a new version of the ODK tool set (often referred to as 2.0). To make informed design decisions, th...

ODK Collect 1.2.1 Released

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ODK Collect 1.2.1 has been released. Upgrades are available on the <a href=”/downloads/download-category/collect/>ODK Collect APK Download</a> pa...

Surui tribe using ODK

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The Surui Forest Carbon Project uses Open Data Kit to collect data about the forest for the carbon market. A recent blog post on Google’s Green Blog discusse...

XLS2XForm is now XLSForm

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Not just the name has changed, we now share a updated syntax with Formhub.

BU Global Health Students Reflect on ODK

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Christopher Gill is an Associate Professor of International Health at Boston University (BU). After experiencing a year delay between when a study ended and ...

2011

Video Interview with Enumerators in Tanzania

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In July through September of 2011, the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) ICT4Ag team conducted a socioeconomic survey in an area west of Arusha, Tanzan...

ViewWorld’s Training Videos For ODK Build

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ViewWorld is a small private company with an explicit social profile and a strong partnership with a number of humanitarian organizations. Current uses range...

ODK Used For Epidemiology Study in Brazil

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Maria Emília Midori Hirami is an engineering student at USP (University of São Paulo – Brazil) and she’s working on a project of epidemiological studies head...

Experiences with KoBo and ODK in Bolivia

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Maryann Cairns is a doctoral student in Applied Anthropology at University of South Florida. As part of an NSF-funded research grant she had the opportunity ...

Using ODK with PostGIS, GeoServer and Leaflet

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Bryan McBride is a certified GIS professional based out of New York’s Tech Valley, with a particular interest in open source GIS, web mapping, and applicatio...

ODK for Community-Based Forest Monitoring

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As noted on the Google.org blog post titled “Getting Data From the Ground To the Cloud“, Google recently hosted the first gathering of the Community Forest M...

Validate v1.4 Released

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We’ve just released a new version of ODK Validate. Validate v1.4 now catches a lot more form design errors. Download it at here.

Collect 1.1.7 Beta 2 Released

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We just posted ODK Collect 1.1.7 Beta 2 to the website. Thank you so much for all your bug reports so far!

mHealth Solution with ODK and Drupal 7

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Sanjay Patel and Adam Hammouda from WebFirst will be at University of Maryland’s HCI Lab Symposium this week, presenting on their work on a Open Source mHeal...

Form Sharing with ODK Build

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ODK Build has been updated with a feature many of you have asked for in different variations: the ability to be able to save forms in a native format (an .od...

UW Engineering and ODK

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The UW’s College of Engineering students, faculty and researchers tackle new problems and seek to transform our lives through innovation every day. In the vi...

Donate to the ODK Project

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Open Data Kit is an open source software project that is free for anyone to download, use, and adapt. It is also an ongoing research project by the Change Gr...

Training Videos from eHealth Nigeria

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eHealth Nigeria did a training for the Population and Reproductive Health Initiative (PRHI), an organization based at the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital in Z...

ODK Deployment Survey

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One of the big challenges facing the Open Data Kit team is understanding how and where the ODK tools are being used.

An ODK Success Story from Afghanistan

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We just received a note from David Hinkle, Director of Afghanistan Infrastructure Data Center (AIDC) that we wanted to share. AIDC tracks and reports on civi...

Community Created Training Guides for ODK

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Emily Kumpel, a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Berkeley, has posted a narrative about her experiences using Open Data Kit (ODK) for a ...

Protecting the Amazon with ODK

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The Surui people in The Amazon are using Google Earth Engine and other Google technologies to protect their forest and find a sustainable future for their te...

2010

Site Launched!

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As the Open Data Kit community has grown, we’ve realized the need for a less technical resource for our users. Over the next few months, we will be building ...