Read how our organisation found a easy approach in collecting and managing survey data. Learn about the new technology Open Data Kit (ODK) and its usefulness in your organisation.
Imagine you need to survey 50,000 people and then depict the same on the map. If you try going the traditional way of capturing the data with pen and paper, I wonder how much paper resources are you going to invest. Also, it would need proper facility to keep the data safe and now if you are asked to analyse the data, you better ought to be a high IQ person or else performing human mistake is something you can never omit.
The collection of the data and analysis of the same plays a major role in implementing any field related project and people find the job very cumbersome. The management of large data is often seen difficult by people and organizations end up spending large amount of money in hiring experts or outsourcing the field implementation to other organizations.
Though I come from the technical background, my ideology was no different and creating or handling large survey data tricked me as well. This was the case till I was introduce with a new platform for creating Survey and Handling the data. The technology is called Open Data Kit (ODK). The technology is best suited for surveying purposes and after initial hands-on on the technology, I feel it very user friendly and easy to adapt. By using it, organizations can save a lot of money which was earlier spent in buying technology or subletting the job.
So what exactly is Open Data Kit? ODK is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. It provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to Build, Collect and Aggregate data. Let us go a little technical here and understand it a bit better. It include the following tools:
ODK Collect which is a form of an android application for filling in forms. The key feature to note here is these form can collect multimedia including images, audio and even videos as well.
Then we have ODK Aggregate which runs on a server. It is kind of repository of the data collected by ODK Collect. The data can also be exported to a variety of other tools like Google Fusion Table, Google Earth and Google Maps. Interesting? Isn’t it? Now you are able to do something which was a dream before. And guess what, you don’t need to be a high very IQ person. Well I could do it and I can assure any person can be easily trained to do.
Lastly, for creating purpose, there are two authoring tools- ODK Build and XLS Form. ODK Build include simple drag and drop tools for creating simple form. XLS Form uses MS Excel to form larger spread sheet and create complex form.
And that’s all! Breaking all your fear against data collection and more.
All this is very simple to work with and very user friendly. Large data can be easily handled using ODK and the technology is absolutely free of cost.
Well, if you feel interested in this technology and want to build skills in the toolkit mentioned, we are pleased to inform you that we have expertise in this software and readily provide training to individuals and organizations. Feel free to contact us and we will train you well enough to create, collect and aggregate your own survey or data. Write us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will solve all your queries.
Our employ captures her first day experience in this document very beautifully. Her approach towards the work we do is very inspirational and every employee share a similar ideology and has a definite purpose at our organisation
At this point of time when the nation cried for change and our honourable prime minister started showing the way out; there was this inner conscious in me which heard my own cry for change and lead me to take a big decision of my life, switch my job. A lot of people curse their job but not everyone end up to this result. Surely, I did!
Well, I am a person who like innovation and seeks fun in work. Unfortunately, developing software codes, all day, whole time of week, all month! It was no fun for me and it felt like a robot more than a human then. So, here I was, in a new furnished building and all new faces. Yes! It was my new office.
All I hoped was some fun and innovation at work but this decision of my life took me to a completely new and different experience.I no more had to write those boring software codes here. The term they used to define my task was ‘Analysis’, sounds interesting!
I was provided with the organization data and was told to utilize them to know the company better. I started digging the files and this is what I apprehended the first day.
We all wanted to change the phase of the country, from corruption to justice, from indigence to abundance, from malnutrition and diseases to a healthy nation and more. But not everyone gets to bring change. They lack the mechanism. And guess what, my new office had the mechanism to bring change in the society. At least to one of the problem mentioned above.
Like most IT Companies, the service provided by my new office were similar. But wait! What about the cause? Were we just working to provide service and earn money? NO! This is not the story in my new office.
First, there was this Nutrition Monitoring System highlighted in various formats. I learned that this organization has developed a system where people can monitor health of infants and young children. At this point, the organization already earned my respect. There were someone from this private sector world working upon the health of the young children who are the future of the country.
Second, I observed one of colleague leaving the office and it seemed that he was preparing to go some far. Some sort of travel or something. Upon my investigation, I discovered that the Nutrition Monitoring System has been successfully implemented in some district in Maharashtra and people from my office actually go there and explains the working and help field functionaries to understand and implement the technology better. They had this collaboration with government Anganwadis and also with government of Maharashtra.
Feels National! Isn’t it?
I was amazed to see the work of my new organization. The people were actually working for the betterment of the society.
I went investigating the implementation in Maharashtra and I was touched by the work. There were pictures of small innocent kids being inspected for various health parameters. Kids who were among the weaker section, kids who comes from the tribal communities. There were happiness in their eyes as they were provided with the services of Anganwadis and if you really want to serve the poor and needy, there was no place better. I learned that these communities of people lacked the basic amenities to live, education and technology was never heard by them. At this point of time, I too want to go to that place and experience the happiness of serving those people.
While I was on my way back home, there was this proud feeling. Proud about what this organization was doing and that I am now being part of such an organization. It felt like you are working for a noble cause and for something which can change the life of needy person.
One thing was sure to me and I was very confident about it. I would never get bored of my work at my new office. The cause was so much noble and it felt national being associated to it.