Mobile Phone Based Data Collection Using ODK and Mapping Training (1st – 5th, May 2017.)

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Mobile Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been acknowledged world-wide by researchers, non-governmental organizations, relief agencies and health ministries among other organization as very useful and convenient data collection method substituting paper based data collection method. This training will equip participant with the skills, hands on experience and knowledge to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system.

Training objectives
Participants will learn; How to create the data dictionary, data entry screen and how to program checks and skips; How data is stored in the system; Add, modify, verify and view cases (questionnaires); Identify and report structure, value, and consistency errors in questionnaire data; Produce tables; Define simple or complex hierarchical file organization; Define hierarchical levels, identification items, records, items (fields or variables), value sets (categories of values), and values; Export selected data variables to delimited (tab, comma, semicolon), SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, or CSPro formatted data files.

Duration: 5 days.

Training contents

Module I: General Introduction

  • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Common mobile based data collection platforms
  • Advantages of Mobile Applications
  • Challenges
  • Data aggregation, storage and dissemination
  • Understanding question types forming a questionnaire
  • Numbering (integer, decimal, string)
  • Text and notes
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Ranking questions
  • Extended data types geoid, image, videos etc

Module II: Introduction to Open Data Kit ODK

  • Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • ODK Form (Basic format of XLSForm)
  • ODK Collect application Interface
  • ODK aggregate
  • ODK Manage
  • ODK platforms and formats
  • Downloading and install ODK Collect into mobile devices or using APK file

Module III: Designing and creating Forms I

  • Creating ODK Collect Forms

  • Downloading forms;

  • Creating ODK Data CollectForm using Excel: Preparing your sheets

  • Survey sheet

  • Choices sheet

  • Settings sheet

  • ODK build;

    •    Creating and Publishing forms to Agregate or XML
  • Designing forms directly on:

  • ODK Build

  • Koboform builder

  • PurcForms

Module III: Designing and creating Forms II
I* ntroduction to XLS forms syntax

  • Creating XLS forms manually based on;
  • Types of questions
  • Question’s caption or prompt
  • Repetitive Questions
  • Restrictions on the kinds of answers to can enter
  • Constraints & Skips
  • Validate Form

Module IV: ODK Aggregate Server

  • Setting up own aggregate server using Google App Engine
  • Configuring ODK Aggregate Server
  • How to Create Own Server
  • Uploading the form to aggregate server
  • Submitting completed data to aggregate server
  • Exporting data from ODK aggregate as CSV
  • Importing ODK – CSV file into statistical applications

Module V: Transform data and Using GPS Coordinates for Mapping/Visualizing

  • Downloading data directly from Aggregate
  • Outputting data through;
  • Google Spreadsheet
  • Google Fusion Tables
  • Exporting GPS Coordinates (Google maps) to Fusion tables
  • Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing (fusion map)
  • Exporting data to Fusion tables using QGIS
  • Integrating Digital Data Collection into a Survey Plan


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.

Training Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch. All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, and other personal expenses.
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