July 5th, 2016 by Waylon Brunette
From the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies post:
To complement the knowledge regarding the surveillance model for Zika, the visit included a workshop for volunteers in Riberalta on Open Data Kit (ODK), an Android based mobile data collection tool capable of sending real time results from the field to an online server, regardless of the availability of functional internet service. This 15 hour workshop was attended by 29 volunteers, 28 of whom are women. With this training, the Riberalta branch will be able to carry out the activities in their action plan in a more secure and efficient manner.
In addition, a team of Bolivian Red Cross staff and IFRC delegates had the opportunity to collect data on 120 households in five neighborhoods identified as priorities in the Bolivian Red Cross action plan for conducting KAP (Knowledge, Skill and Practice) studies. As part of the Zika Operation in the Americas, KAP studies are a key activity for National Societies and the IFRC, as they provide data regarding the effectiveness of the response and of the information reaching the communities.
Link to full IFRC post.
June 14th, 2016 by Waylon Brunette
An article by Nirab Pudasaini on opensource.com discusses how Kathmandu Living Labs leveraged ODK Collect and other open source technologies following the Nepal earthquake.
By building on top of the existing ODK framework, we were able to add necessary features and customize the app to the project's needs. We were able to use existing ODK server-side technologies and focus on improving the mobile app. In addition, the active community and fair amount of already existing online resources meant that we could always count on getting help when we got stuck.
May 24th, 2016 by Yaw Anokwa
Ken Evans is the project leader of Mine Technology Group at Charles Darwin University. In this guest post, Ken describes his work deploying ODK in Nusa Tenggara Timur.
In the eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) problems of water and food security are chronic and threaten lives and livelihoods. The Province has a monsoonal wet-dry tropical climate, and water resources are limited, with high inter-annual variability. Most of the people of NTT live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Slope mass failure resulting in blockage of the primary irrigation channel. This results in areas downstream having no water for irrigation and growing food. ODK is a useful tool for local farmers to record this information and inform maintenance managers of the need for repair.
As part of an Indonesian and International Research Partnership, Nusa Cendana University (UNDANA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) trialed ODK as a tool to collect information on maintenance needs in poor and remote irrigated farming areas. Irrigation infrastructure in the areas is in need of regular maintenance to ensure equitable distribution of water thereby eradicating the "hungry season."
CDU researchers Professor Ken Evans and Dr. Monishka Narayan (rear) working with (front left to right) Ibu Jenny Markus, Pak Utma Aspartria and Pak Norman Riwu Kaho from UNDANA to implement ODK for their research.
We found ODK very useful and straightforward to apply and ideal for the planned application in these underserved communities. We hope to continue working in NTT with communities and government using ODK to empower local communities to collect information for the government as a basis for establishing maintenance priorities.