Work - October 15, 2015

Ona Data Projects

This post will tell you everything you need to know about creating, sharing, managing, and getting the most out of your projects in Ona. What is a project? In Ona, a project is where your related forms and data are stored. Projects can hold as many forms and data as your plan allows. When you first log in to

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Work - October 01, 2015

Announcing Ona Data 2

We launched Ona 2 today! In our previous announcements here, here, and on our release log, we described the new features in Ona 2. There’s also a Getting Started guide that will show you, well, how to get started, and what has changed from the previous version of Ona. If you have questions on the transition, please email support@ona.io. To celebrate the launch,

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Tech - August 21, 2015

Nairobi Functional Programming Meetup 3

On Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the third Nairobi Functional Programming Meetup, with Larry Weya giving a brief introduction to Erlang & Elixir, and sharing his experience using the platform as part of the team behind eCitizen. In what is emerging as a pattern, the post-talk conversations were as illuminating as the talk itself. We’re planning a hands-on workshop for

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Perspective - August 03, 2015

My Two Month Internship at Ona Kenya

by Anne The Application Process My journey towards working with Ona was a systematic. It began with wise counsel from a former lecturer. His advice was quite simple: “If you trust your programming skills, you can apply for the jobs at Ona. Female candidates are encouraged to apply”. It was both thrilling and unnerving considering the

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Perspective - July 09, 2015

The Perfect Kenyan Chapo

 The Ona team convenes at Dickson’s home to learn the art of making chapo. Recipe and photos below. The Golden Ticket Since my first lunch in Nairobi, Dickson has insisted that all restaurant chapatis pale in comparison to his mother’s recipe. Here’s how every lunch would go when I’m in town: “This is great!” I’d

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Work - June 22, 2015

Next Up Roadmap

Since it’s always good to know what’s coming up, here are a few new features you should look out for on beta.ona.io in the next few weeks. Improved charts Summary charts will be embeddable, made persistent, and slightly customized. This will allow you to change a chart’s title, as well as generate code to embed it on

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Resources - June 19, 2015

Ona Beta: New Features Roundup

On our quest to allow anyone to collect, understand, and use data for humanitarian purposes, we’ve been introducing new features on Ona Beta for months. We’ve rebuilt the service from the ground up with new code and a new look, added features for collaboration and improved data management, and built a support team to help

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Resources - June 02, 2015

Introducing three open source libraries for working with Ona and data

We are proud to announce preview releases for three Clojure/ClojureScript open source software libraries: Hatti, Milia, and Zebra Lite. We are actively working on and improving these libraries for use in our own software and by others. In alphabetical order the contributors to these libraries are geoffreymuchai, pld, prabhasp, royrutto, ukanga, and wilo99. We will followup on this post with additional tutorials and introductions

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Work - May 30, 2015

Making Ona reliable and resilient

Last year, we experienced a few small periods of downtime. We made changes to bring this up to 99.8% API uptime in 2015. However, the remaining 0.2% bothered our engineering team, so after additional work, we recently hit a rewarding milestone: 30+ days of 100% uptime on our API and front-end site! The first big

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Work - May 16, 2015

Open Street Map as a global "check-in" service

Getting more out of Open Street Maps? At Ona, we’ve always been big fans Open Street Maps (OSM). What’s always bugged me is I felt (like many groups), we’ve failed to fully understand and leverage the incredible wealth of data that OSM represents. Sure, our basemaps are powered with OSM data. And yes, we encourage partners

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