Work - May 08, 2017

New Help Site Launched

We are excited to announce our new help site, which makes finding answers faster with improved search functionality and article categories. The new site lets you vote on whether articles are helpful so we can improve the content. Please note, you may experience 404 errors if you use links to the old website — in that

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Press - May 05, 2017

Ona at the 2017 ICT4D Conference

Ona will be at the 2017 ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad on 15–16 May 2017. Erick Ngwiri, Director of Client Solutions, will be speaking about Empowering organizations worldwide with collective intelligence. His talk will focus on how Ona uses geospatial check-ins to improve the targeting and delivery of IRS malaria spraying in over 120,000 homes in

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Tech - April 24, 2017

Improve Sampling Accuracy with Weighted Random Selections

Every data collector eventually runs into this issue at some point — you know the makeup of your population as a whole, but you only have access to a small group that isn’t representative. For example, you know that as a whole, the population pizza topping preference for plain cheese:pepperonni is 1:1. However, you only have access

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Tech - March 31, 2017

Redirecting HTTP traffic while using AWS Target Groups

A few months ago we received a support query from a user who was unable to log in. We couldn’t replicate the issue and they weren’t able to work with us to get it fixed. We concluded that they were doing something unique and had ended up fixing it from their end somehow. Fast forward

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Work - March 30, 2017

3,725 Health Posts Mapped in Jakarta in a Massive Grassroots Empowerment Effort

 Health posts in Jakarta mapped by PKK. We caught up with Renold Lim, a volunteer at Jakarta-based grassroots organization Pemberdayaan Kesejahteraan Keluarga (PKK), which aims to improve health services to the urban poor by sharing data about the realities of street-level health services. It is a colossal effort. Given that the city of 10 million

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Work - March 27, 2017

How to Increase Security by Encrypting Form Data

Encrypting form data incorporates an added level of security by making your data private, unreadable, and tamper-proof. This security mechanism can help you meet strict data privacy requirements sometimes set by ethical review boards for research studies. For example, you should encrypt data if you have surveys on highly sensitive topics like domestic violence and

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Press - February 28, 2017

Nairobi GNU/Linux Users Group Meetup on March 4th

Come join the Nairobi GNU/Linux Users Group meetup on Saturday, March 4th at the Ona Kenya office from 4PM to 7PM EAT. Ona engineer, Njagi Mwaniki will be giving a 30-minute talk on a bot he made for the group’s IRC channel using Haskell. His talk will be followed by an open discussion session. Snacks will be

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Work - February 27, 2017

Assign Granular Permissions to Forms

Restricting access to data is key in certain situations. For example, you might be collecting sensitive information and don’t want enumerators to see one another’s data. As a result, we introduced role-based permission restrictions to give you control over who among the collaborators can view and edit their data. This article will show you how

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Work - February 23, 2017

How We Helped Verify Water Points in Rural Tanzania with Ona, ODK, and OpenMapKit

Tanzania operates one of the world’s largest rural water schemes with over 80,000 public water points. To improve access to water in rural areas, DFID is supporting the Government of Tanzania through a payments-based results (PbR) scheme intended to incentivize local government authorities (LGAs) to maintain existing water points and build new ones where they

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Work - February 07, 2017

Ona and PATH in Zambia for OpenSRP Immunization Project

The Ona team started the year off right with a productive visit to Livingstone, Zambia, the site of the most recent OpenSRP implementation. James Maina (center), a technical project manager at Ona, asks a clinic nurse about her workflow. Photo: PATH/Mali Kambandu In Zambia, OpenSRP will be used as an immunization platform to support PATH’s BID Initiative,

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