Perspective - February 06, 2018

Kenneth Ponders His Time as an Ona Intern

Kenneth joined us three months ago as our youngest ever intern. In this post, he writes about getting a sense of what being a software engineer at Ona is all about. Prologue When I got an email from Ona inviting me for an interview, I couldn’t believe my luck. Though I just finished a full-time

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Perspective - January 10, 2018

Applying the Principles for Digital Development to Data Platforms

In Streaming Ona Data with NiFi, Kafka, Druid, and Superset, we went into detail on our technical approach to building a streaming data architecture, yet we skipped over why this is important. Simply put, we think the widespread practice of building custom software solutions in international development is a waste of time and money. This isn’t

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Work - November 20, 2017

Avoiding Unsustainable ICT Implementation: Ona for Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Laos

We are pleased to share a guest blog post written by Aidan Flanagan, who worked as a consultant to the Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos). In this post, he describes his experience creating an app with Ona to reduce illegal logging and poaching. Aidan believes it can serve as

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Press - November 13, 2017

How ACTED Kenya-Somalia uses Ona to Ensure Better Data Quality

We are pleased to share a guest blog post written by Rose Mutisya, from ACTED Kenya-Somalia. ACTED is an international NGO operating in 35 countries around the world and is committed to providing immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling

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Press - November 10, 2017

Champions and super users: the health workers behind BID’s success

Ona is partnering with PATH and the Zambian Ministry of Health and local technology partner, BlueCode, to adapt OpenSRP to the vaccination workflows of health workers in Zambia’s Southern Province. We wrote earlier this year about the project, which is in support of the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative. We are excited to repost this article

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Resources - October 10, 2017

New Feature: Merging Multiple Datasets Into One

Merging datasets is a new feature that lets you combine multiple datasets from different forms into a single dataset. When datasets are merged, data from 2+ parent datasets are combined and the child merged dataset gets updated whenever changes occur in the parent datasets. Viewing data in merged datasets is similar to other datasets, allowing

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Tech - October 06, 2017

Introduction To Data Scraping With Python

Last Thursday, Kelvin gave a talk at PyconKE 2017 titled “Introduction to Scraping using Python”. This was a beginner-level introduction that used three cool Python libraries: beautiful soup mechanize argparse In the talk, I demonstrated how to use these libraries to programmatically access the Kenya Power & Lighting Company’s website and automatically fetch a monthly power bill.

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Resources - September 13, 2017

Dynamically Clean Shared Data with Filtered Datasets

A filtered dataset is a subset of submitted data that satisfies certain conditions set by the user. Filtered datasets are helpful when you need to share a dataset with other users, yet want to keep certain fields or records private that are repetitive, irrelevant or sensitive. Suppose you carried out a baseline survey on households

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Tech - August 30, 2017

Streaming Ona Data with NiFi, Kafka, Druid, and Superset

A common need across all our projects and partners’ projects is to build up-to-date indicators from stored data. We have built dashboards showing project progress and other stakeholder-relevant information in our malaria spraying project (mSpray), drought response monitoring project in Somalia, and electronic medical record system (OpenSRP). Currently we create indicators on an ad-hoc basis,

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Work - June 14, 2017

An inside look at Zambia’s new electronic immunization registry

The following was originally written for and posted on the BID Initiative blog. It provides an update on the Zambian electronic immunization registry we’re building with Path, which we introduced in a previous post. Photo: Ona. Zambia’s paper-based immunization reporting systems of the past, are time-intensive and often result in longer wait times for patients. Back in

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