Open Data Kit (or ODK for short) is an open-source suite of tools that helps organizations author, collect, and manage mobile data collection solutions. Our goals are to make open-source and standards-based tools which are easy to try, easy to use, easy to modify and easy to scale. To this end, we are proud members of the  OpenRosa Consortium and active participants in the JavaRosa project.

The ODK founding core developers include researchers at the University of Washingtons Department of Computer Science and Engineering department and active members of Change, a multi-disciplinary group at UW exploring how technology can improve the lives of under-served populations around the world.

ODK began as a google.org sponsored sabbatical project under the direction of Gaetano Borriello in April of 2008 at Google’s Seattle offices. The initial team included Bill Schilit of Google Research, Adam Lerer of MIT (as a Google intern), and Julie Chin of Google.org. UW CSE graduate students Carl Hartung, Yaw Anokwa, and Waylon Brunette joined the team soon thereafter (as Google interns) and were responsible for the first two deployments of the tools in Uganda and Brazil.

Gaetano, Carl, Yaw and Waylon brought ODK back to UW in September of 2009 and Mitchell Sundt joined the team as a software engineer in 2010. Clarice Larson joined the team as a software engineer in 2013, and Jeff Beorse returned as a software engineer in 2015. Richard Anderson has led ODK since Gaetano passed away in early 2015. Other contributors at UW include Brian DeRenzi, Rohit Chaudhri, Nicola Dell, and numerous undergraduates. See our team page for a full list of participants.

ODK has been funded by a Google Focused Research Award and through donations from users. ODK is supported by a growing community of developers, implementers and users.


There are countless folks who made ODK what it is. Below are the people who have gone above and beyond.

Core Development Team

Gaetano Borriello (1959-2015), Richard Anderson, Waylon Brunette, Clarice Larson, Mitch Sundt, Jeff Beorse

Core Development Team Alumni

Yaw Anokwa (Nafundi), Nathan Breit, Rohit Chaudhri, Nicola Dell, Carl Hartung (Nafundi), Adam Lerer (D. E. Shaw Research)

Significant Code Contributors

Meletis Margaritis (SurveyCTO), Dylan Price, Sam Sudar, Clint Tseng (Socrata), Hilary Worden

Code Contributors

Ryan Atherton, Jeff Beorse, Brian DeRenzi, Anton DeWinter (Dimagi), Alex Dorey (Modi Research Group), Neil Hendrick (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), Harlan Hile (Google), YoonSung Hong, Daniel Kayiwa (OpenMRS), Andrew Marder (Modi Research Group), Sam Mbuga (Mindflow Systems), Chris Robert (SurveyCTO), Drew Roos (Dimagi), Clayton Sims (Dimagi)

Code Patches, Documentation, Translation, and Other Contributions

Sean Askay (Google), Andrius Balsevicius, Curtis Broderick, Julie Chin (Google), Sunil Garg, Francesc Garre, James Hu, Mark Ivey (Google), Owen Kim, Jessica Leung, Moon Hwan Oh, Will Pitts, Tran Hong Quang(HSPH), Soyong Shin, Euzel Villanueva, Jimmy Zhang

If we forgot to add you, we are very sorry about the oversight. Please email contact@opendatakit.org.


Below is a list of what others have said about Open Data Kit.


Below are a few of the deployments of ODK we know about. If you would like to add yours, post your deployment in the ODK Forum Showcase.

If you are looking for a company to build a form or customize an ODK tool, try this list of ODK implementation companies.

International Space Station


  • ODK was used in Afghanistan for fraud monitoring of the 2010 elections.
  • Afghanistan Infrastructure Data Center tracks and reports on civilian and military donor infrastructure projects using ODK.


  • The Ministerio De Desarrollo Social La Mujer Y La Juventud use Open Data Kit for surveys involving the well being, opinion, and problems of the inhabitants in the Provincia de Misiones of Argentina.



  • ULevel provides customizations on Collect for Android.
  • The Surui Tribe in partnership with the Amazon Conservation Team and Google.org is piloting ODK for deforestation monitoring in the Amazon.
  • University of São Paulo's School of Engineering and School of Medicine use ODK as one of its key tools for epidemiological studies.
  • PPGSC-UCPEL is using ODK to conduct surveys on sociodemographics, history of health problems, family history of psychiatric disorders, structured interview for mental and behavioral disorders, quality of life, global functioning, current and childhood trauma, use and dependence of substances, among others.


  • IMPACT is working on a new comprehensive psychiatric assessment called International Mobile Psychiatric Assessment for Children and Teens (IMPACT), using the newest edition of the DSM. It is an interview that is intended for use in under-serviced populations by non-specialist medical professionals.
  • PeaceWorks, a software consultancy, is supporting Mennonite Economic Development Associates(MEDA) with the usage of ODK.
  • Radical Dynamic has built Group Complete from ODK and CouchDB. Their system allows for real-time and collaborative data collection.

Central African Republic


  • Joaquin Blaya is using ODK as part of a strategy to commercialize open source health IT.


Democratic Republic of Congo


  • ViewWorld in partnership with Danish NGOs and companies are developing better reporting tools using ODK.


  • Geographer engineer, Harry Alvarez used ODK for a land administration project.
  • ODK has been used by Stalin Cachimuel to collect data on 4,500 informal water users for the National Secretariat for Water.



  • Conservation Canines is a non-profit University of Washington program that trains rescue dogs to locate endangered species in an effort to better understand and ultimately help save them.




  • EarlySail customized ODK Collect for a few pilot projects as well as assisted in form development. They will soon be porting ODK to BlackBerry.
  • ICTPH enrolled 3,000 households (12,500 individuals) for a comprehensive primary healthcare delivery model in Tamil, Nadu. See report for more.
  • PATH is piloting ODK for use as a digital birthing assistant with clinical decision support, management of patient information, and as a tool for communication and education.
  • ODK is being used in UC Berkeley's Health in Hands project in Mumbai and Karnataka.
  • UNICEF and the children of Kolkata are mapping their community with ODK.







  • Invest in Knowledge is using ODK for home-based HIV counseling, testing and survey of 2,000 couples. Invest in Knowledge also provides implementation services for ODK.



  • Dimagi and Afrisis used ODK for a 400 question household survey in Mozambique that over three months sent 15000 submissions to their DataHQ server.
  • openLMIS is a supply chain and cold chain management system from VillageReach that uses ODK form filling.


  • TSF uses ODK for improving the process of data collection, data analysis and information sharing between key food security stakeholders in Myanmar.


  • For the Constituent Assembly elections in 2013, The Carter Center launched a version of ELMO an open source election observation tool using ODK with template questions and forms to better standardize how it assesses elections.




  • TSF uses ODK for collection, treatment and dissemination of livestock and agricultural market prices.


  • City Pulse is using ODK to collect data about 'elements at risk' in flood plain areas of Indus River.
  • ODK has been used to gather socio-economic data of flood affected families in Southern Punjab
  • PakistanGIS team have been capacitating university researchers to increase usage of ODK for improving efficiency and accuracy in data collection for their research.



  • The National Trust for Scotland has equipped staff and volunteers with Android tablets running ODK to collect data on the 11,000+ archaeological sites across Scotland, allowing them to assess, preserve and protect this important heritage.


  • Acquee is web-based platform for collecting structured data. The platform uses ODK Collect as an Android client.

South Africa

  • Project Abalobi is using various ODK forms to collate small-scale fisheries data in support of the new small-scale fisheries policy.
  • Seeing Swans have performed 12,000 survey of informal structures in the Western Cape. Their customized ODK Aggregate provides real-time reporting and statistics.
  • Wharton School of Business is using ODK in a three year survey to study health and entrepreneurship in townships around Tshwane.
  • There is ongoing work to port CyberTracker's data collection tools to the ODK platform.


  • LETS GO is using ODK in fostering high school student learning in teams in environmental science.


  • AfSIS is mapping soil conditions with ODK.
  • Jane Goodall Institute and Google.org are piloting ODK for forest health monitoring.
  • D-Tree is piloting ODK and the IMCI protocol for triaging children under five and for collecting maternal health data.
  • REPSSI and Norvatis Foundation piloted ODK in Tanzania. REPSSI helps address the psychosocial needs of the over six million children affected by the triple crisis in southern Africa.
  • Camfed monitors programmes within 4 districts using ODK Collect on Google Nexus 7 Tablets - Interviewed on average 3000 people while collecting information.
  • Ace Africa Tanzania is using ODK to monitor and assess its community development programs in Arusha District, Moshi District and Kome Island, Mwanza Region.


  • Conservation Canines is a non-profit University of Washington program that trains rescue dogs to locate endangered species in an effort to better understand and ultimately help save them.


United States

  • Nafundi is a consulting company started by the guys who created Open Data Kit. If you need professional support or customization, they can help.
  • North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission uses ODK to collect data in the field for assessment information after a natural hazard like storm, flood or tornado.
  • New York City (with InSTEDD) uses ODK to gather emergency preparedness and response-related data in the field.
  • Foundatron in Seattle uses ODK to collect field data.
  • WebFirst has built an mHealth solution using ODK and Drupal 7.
  • Dimagi has combined ODK and CommCare support community health workers from thePACTprogram in Boston.
  • ODK is both a research and teaching platform at the University of Washington.
  • The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation project in North Dakota has chosen ODK to manage surveys of transit workers.
  • Rhiza Insight provides geospatial analysis and visualization tools as well has ruggedized mobile devices for ODK.
  • The NatureMapping program at the University of Washington uses ODK for building multimedia-rich species maps.
  • SanaMobile from MIT is integrating their mobile client with ODK.
  • Small Meadows Farm is using ODK to collect pH, humidity, soil moisture, and plant observations in greenhouses and gardens.
  • Trinity College expanded the XForms controller in Sahana Eden for ODK support.
  • doForms is an ODK-based data collection solution for businesses.
  • Alan Plummer Associates utilizes ODK for several municipal clients. Typical projects collect utility (water, wastewater, stormwater) pipeline condition information for risk-based asset management.
  • Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, CA is using ODK to collect detailed property condition information in low-income neighborhoods devastated by home foreclosures. A June 2012 reportchronicles their research evaluating the socio-economic impacts of the rise of investor-owned housing in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.
  • Conservation Canines is a non-profit University of Washington program that trains rescue dogs to locate endangered species in an effort to better understand and ultimately help save them.


  • D-Tree is using ODK in a UNICEF-funded project to better to identify and treat severely malnourished children.
  • Vetaid is using ODK for collecting animal health information from 50 farms and 400 animals.



  • ICT at RTI uses ODK, JavaRosa and FrontlineSMS for data collection.
  • Camfed monitors programmes within 6 districts using ODK Collect on Google Nexus 7 Tablets - Interviewed on average 6000 people while collecting information.