Work - January 13, 2017

Introducing Ona Form Builder

We are thrilled to introduce Ona Form Builder today. XLSForm authoring can be challenging. In response, we have added an online form builder that lets you design Ona forms that include features like ODK question types, form logic, and validation rules. Ona Form Builder is built off an open-source form builder from Kobo. Using Ona Form

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Work - January 04, 2017

Binning and Heatmap Visualizations on Maps

To help you visualize large datasets on a map, we added binning (including 3d!) and heatmap visualizations. Displaying points works well for small datasets, but a large number of submissions can cause overlapping points, which misrepresent the data and make it difficult to see geospatial trends. Hexbins and heatmaps solve that problem through binning —

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Work - December 27, 2016

How we secure your data

Our clients use Ona to collect, analyze, and disseminate mission critical data. We have worked on both the data collection side as well as the platform side and understand the importance of knowing your data is stored safely and securely. Here we’ll talk about the specific technologies we use to secure our users’ data. Security

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Work - December 08, 2016

High-resolution satellite basemap new in Ona maps

We are excited to announce the addition of a high-resolution satellite basemap from DigitalGlobe. This will provide over 150 million square kilometers of the earth’s surface in astonishing clarity. DigitalGlobe offers the highest resolution (it’s the only company that offers 30 cm resolution imagery) and most up-to-date satellite imagery available on the market. It’s a big investment,

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Work - December 06, 2016

UNICEF Innovation Fund Invests in OpenSRP!

We’re thrilled to share that the UNICEF Innovation Fund has chosen to invest in OpenSRP as one of their inaugural five technology investments. Their investment will support our partner, mPower, in using OpenSRP to expand their pioneering work to improve vaccine coverage in Bangladesh. Working with John Hopkin’s University, mPower will strengthen OpenSRP’s integration with RapidPro and continue

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Work - November 30, 2016

Make Your Forms Multilingual

Did you know you can develop an Ona survey that can be read in multiple languages? It is increasingly common for researchers to capture feedback from different regions with a diversity of languages. Since comprehending survey questions is a pivotal need for high quality responses, we recommend building surveys in the local language of enumerators

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Work - November 02, 2016

Empowering Communities Through Data

Annie Beukes, Data Manager at Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), recently talked to us about why SDI needs a standardized data tool and how they use data to create an impact. Ona: What does SDI do and what is your role? Anni Beukes: June 20th marked the 20th anniversary for Shack / Slum Dwellers International. We

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Work - October 27, 2016

Dynamic Form Linking with Ona

Recently, we added the ability for a form or filtered dataset to be specified as a media file for another form. Used in conjunction with the pulldata() function, this lets you dynamically link forms together (i.e pull data from one or more active forms to another form). Dynamic form linking upgrades the pulldata() function so that

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Work - October 15, 2016

Introducing the Ona Status Page

Ona Status Page We experienced a period of downtime a few weeks ago due to an unexpectedly high load. While this doesn’t happen often, we wanted to build a way for users to be informed about the status of Ona and other services. At status.ona.io, you can see current and historical uptime data. To prevent future

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Work - September 27, 2016

Who are the Experts?

 Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Uganda using Ona’s map view to visualize data. This article was authored by Nshemerirwe Fiona of ACTogether Uganda and originally published on the ACTogether blog. Often, it is assumed that experts are those who have taken time in school and learned from theories and renowned authors. As much as this might be

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