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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Work - May 14, 2015

KLL Humanitarian Quake Map now available as basemap in Ona

 Source: Remembering the Lost – Map of Stolen Sculptures from Nepal The Nepal earthquake has shown how important open map data from Open Street Maps (OSM) can be in a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude. Our friends at Kathmandu Living Labs and MapBox worked together to develop a print friendly map that highlights key infrastructure, critical after an earthquake, like

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Perspective - May 08, 2015

Small Data helps Big Data solve Big Problems

A recent article in the New York Times describes how organizations are using small survey based datasets to enrich the big data sets that usually get all the hype. Alex Peysakhovich and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argue that survey data goes hand in hand with big data: Big data in the form of behaviors and small data in the

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Work - April 24, 2015

Assessing the quality of adolescent health services in Brazil

Workshop participants visited a local health facility on the last day In 1960, the national capital of Brazil re-located from Rio de Janiero, on the Atlantic coast, to Brasilia, which is in the central-west highlands of Brazil. Even though Oscar Niemeyer’s masterpiece in modern urban architecture doesn’t boast the beaches or invoke the same image

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Work - April 24, 2015

Assessing the quality of adolescent health services in Brazil

Workshop participants visited a local health facility on the last day In 1960, the national capital of Brazil re-located from Rio de Janiero, on the Atlantic coast, to Brasilia, which is in the central-west highlands of Brazil. Even though Oscar Niemeyer’s masterpiece in modern urban architecture doesn’t boast the beaches or invoke the same image

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