OPEN DATA KIT (ODK) COURSE-Mobile Data Collection
Here is an opportunity to master mobile data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK)
WHAT IS OPEN DATA KIT (ODK)?
ODK is a set of open source applications which allow one to create a questionnaire form in the Xform format, fill it out on a mobile phone or tablet running the Android operating system, store and view the aggregated information on a central server, and retrieve the aggregated data to one’s computer for analysis. Data capture includes GPS coordinates for real-time mapping of responses in Google Maps, or near-real time once the surveyor has an Internet connection to send the collected forms back to the server.
Whether you’re a seasoned mobile apps user or new to mobile apps especially for data collection, this course will allow you to quickly get grips on with ODK for both simple and more complex tasks during your data management process. This course also plays a vital role in minimizing both time and resources used right from data collection all through the data management process and also make analyses easier.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
Capturing data in the field usually means using paper. By using an Android smartphone or an Android tablet, field data can be collected with all the advantages that electronic data gathering brings (value input control, skipping irrelevant sections, elimination of transcribing errors from paper, etc.). Data is gathered in situ with the data records stored on the device. Once the surveyor is within range of a WiFi or mobile phone data connection, he/she can send the data to a central server.
The goal of this course is to give the participant the ability to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system using ODK. Knowledge & Skills for efficiency and productivity in development
The course is organized in modules and each module covers a reasonable content to enable participants connect and progress successively in the next modules.
Module 1: Introduction to mobile phone data collection
Module 2: Setting up aggregate server with Google App Engine
Module 3: Designing & building a form using EXCEL
Module 4: Uploading the form to aggregate & send to Android phone
Module 5: Setting server preference on android phone
Module 6: Data collection, Enter primary field data, capture GPS coordinates, take photos, record audio sounds and videos
Module 7: Submitting completed data to aggregate server
Module 8: Exporting data from ODK aggregate as CSV
Module 9: Importing ODK - CSV file into statistical applications
Module 10: Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing (fusion map)
It will involve lectures with slides, hands-on computer exercises, hands-on tablet/phone exercises and use of other PC applications.
By the end of the course, the participant should be able to:
Interested organizations/institutions/individuals are expected to have laptops and a solid level of general computer literacy, fluency with Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet application. No prior experience in ODK is required.
As always, we administer this course in 4 days which are weekends. To this end, we will administer the course on 20th, 21th, 27th and 28th January, 2018.
The training will be conducted in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Interested persons should request for a registration form on the following email address:
The registration fee for the course is MK5500.00.
The registration fee can be paid using the following:
First Merchant Bank (FMB)
Alternatively you can use MPAMBA or ZOONA to phone numbers below.
For further inquiries you can also call on: +265 882 110 656.
Mr. Stephen Kumwenda- Expert in Designing Questionnaires in ODK
Mr. Stephen Kumwenda is currently working with M&A research firm as a researcher. He holds Bsoc.sc (Economics and Demography) from Chancellor College. He is an expert in designing questionnaires in ODK applications in EXCEL and ODK Build. He has designed questionnaires in ODK for projects of various organizations. Of recent he has designed questionnaires for the following projects.
Assessment of Disaster Preparedness in Malawi, Center for Independent Evaluation, Lilongwe
Assessing Livelihood of Tobacco Farmers in Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, Center for Agriculture Research (CARD), LUANAR, Lilongwe
Evaluation of Cash Transfer Programme for INGO Consortium, M&A Research Firm, Area 6/134, Lilongwe
Evaluation of EPRIM Programme for Find Your Feet, M&A Reseach Firm, Area 6/134, Lilongwe
2nd of January, 2018 11:34:01 am
Location: Blantyre, Lilongwe & Mzuzu
Employment Type: Training Programme
Job deadline: 28th January, 2018
Company: Centre for Research and Capacity Development (CERCAD)Log in to apply