A Community-Driven Future for Open Data Kit (ODK): Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin

A Community-Driven Future for Open Data Kit (ODK): Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin
Invited Address
7A - All


Time/Date
9:00 am-10:15 am on Tuesday, 05/23/2017

Location
Grand Ballroom II

Facilitator
Chris Corey, RAND Corporation

Open Data Kit (ODK) replaces paper surveys with smartphones. ODK tools are open-source and are primarily used by social good organizations to collect data quickly, accurately, offline, and at scale. ODK has been used to collect billions of data points around the world.

ODK was designed for novice users in challenging environments (e.g., offline villages in Kenya or under heavy canopy in the Amazon) and its robustness in these environments has driven the platform’s adoption and evolution. Additionally, the choice to build an open source community around ODK has allowed it to benefit from volunteer and paid contributions from users, implementers, and developers.

In this talk, Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin, two of the leaders of the ODK community discuss the problems that inspired ODK’s design, demonstrate the impact the tools are having, and describe how the IFD&TC community can contribute to an open-source, community-driven future for mobile data collection tools.

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