Tech - November 28, 2016

Python Expose Meetup is coming to the Ona Kenya office in early December

If you enjoyed the last Python Expose Meetup, then you definitely can’t miss out on the next one on 3rd December in our Nairobi office. Join James Maringa and Frankie Onuonga for a lively discussion about: Comparisons between basic Python data structures — including looking at fundamental and semantic differences, internal implementation needs, costs of operations, and memory

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Perspective - November 22, 2016

Ona Mannequin Challenge

Mannequin challenge? Yes please! The Ona team took a break from all the hard engineering work to join in on the mannequin challenge.

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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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Tech - October 25, 2016

Signing Git Commits Using Your GPG Key

For data collection projects we contribute code to, it’s in our best interest to verify the identity of contributors linked to us. The goal is to prevent situations like this totally plausible horror story, where Mike Gerwitz discovered a back door created by his account that he didn’t remember making. We realize signing Git commits using

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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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Press - September 30, 2016

Highlights of The World Vision Tech Expo

Ona at the World Vision Tech Expo Last week, World Vision held a technology expo at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. Professionals and technology firms, including Ona, were in attendance to network and learn about the great work others are doing. As a social enterprise that uses technology to make data accessible, we

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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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Press - September 26, 2016

Ona at the 4th International Humanitarian Conference

Ona participated in the 4th International Humanitarian Conference at The Boma Hotel in Nairobi from 21st – 22nd September. The two-day conference was organized by the Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa in collaboration with Christian Blind Mission, Handicap International, HelpAge International, Christian Aid International, Save the Children and World

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Work - September 19, 2016

Highlights Of The e-Sir Design Workshop

 Ona at the e-SIR design workshop. Last week Ona took a trip to Naivasha for a two-day design workshop with representatives from UNICEF Kenya, the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, and sub-county level officials. We all worked together to define requirements for the Electronic Social Intelligence Reporting (e-SIR) project.  Defining user personas for e-Sir Social Intelligence Reporting (SIR) is

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