We are Sunsetting Ona Collect

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We will be retiring Ona Collect and removing it from the Google Play Store on August 1, 2018. We understand that a number of you still use Ona Collect, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. However, we feel that Ona Collect cannot keep up with the rapid development and updates that can improve your data quality and data collection experience that ODK Collect is providing.

We launched Ona Collect in late 2015. The initial Ona Collect was a tweaked version of ODK Collect created especially for Ona Users, allowing users to sign in with their Ona credentials to access forms without configuring server settings. Our goal was to add new features important to Ona users that weren’t being addressed by the ODK community.

As we worked through our roadmap, it became clear the ODK community had similar needs. And, after concurrently contributing to ODK and working on Ona Collect for the past few years, we are convinced that improving ODK Collect is the best way to build useful tools.

Ona is, and will remain, closely involved with Open Data Kit projects, including ODK Collect. Dickson Ukang’a, Head of Engineering, is a member of the Open Data Kit Technical Steering Committee, which is responsible for high-level technical direction and making feature roadmap decisions. Ona is also a contributor and maintainer of pyxform, the main tool used by the ODK community to transform XLSForms to XForms.

What to do if you are using Ona Collect

As users get ready for the retirement of Ona Collect on August 1, 2018, we recommend you start to transition your process from using Ona Collect to ODK Collect. To learn more about how to collect data using ODK Collect, please take a look at our data collection guide. You will learn how to download, install, configure, and use ODK Collect.

If you still have additional question or concerns, reach out to us on the Ona Community forum or email support@ona.io if you are on a paid account.


Leveraging community data to better plan informal settlements

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image Above: Community members mapping informal settlements in Cape Town.

“How might urban slum communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change?”

When our long time partner SDI (Slum/Shack Dwellers International) started asking this question, we jumped at the chance to help as it provided an opportunity to explore how data that we’ve helped SDI collect in their communities for the past 4 years could be used to improve urban planning and resilience. SDI is a network of community-based groups from 33 countries creating a voice for the urban poor, engaging international agencies, and operating on the global stage in order to support and advance local struggles for more than 20 years now. We first started working with SDI for the Know Your City campaign aimed at empowering communities through data.

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Ona Real-Time Dashboards

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Since we first launched Ona, we’ve always dreamt of offering a real-time dashboard solution to our users. We’re excited to announce that by integrating with our new analytics platform, Canopy, it’s now easy to create interactive, real-time dashboards with your data in Ona. Whether you are monitoring a survey or managing a field program, you can explore your data, quickly inspecting trends and discovering important insights. Once you’ve found the story you want to tell with your data, you can share these insights in beautiful, intuitive dashboards on a public site or privately with a password.

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Ona News

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What’s new?

Introducing the Canopy Data Platform

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Canopy is Ona’s new enterprise analytics solution that complements the data collection done in Ona and other sources. With Canopy, organisations are able to understand the data they have collected, effortlessly draw key insights, review historical trends and make informed decisions.

Canopy enables our clients to take advantage of world class technologies that can pull data from any source including data collection apps like Ona, Kobo, CommCare, OpenSRP, RapidPro, ODK, Messenger, Telegram, or any app with an API. The Canopy infrastructure allows you to blend this multisource data together, giving you a comprehensive look at data from across your enterprise.

Read more about Canopy on canopyinsights.com or the Canopy blog, or drop us a note at hello@canopyinsights.com.

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Meet Ona at ICT4D 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia

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We are excited to announce that Ona will be at the ICT4D Conference in Lusaka from May 8–10, 2018. We will be represented by our CEO, Matt Berg, Director of Client Solutions, Erick Ngwiri, and Health Solutions Lead, Carolyn Gulas.

Visit us at the exhibition area at the Mulungushi International Conference Center (MICC) in Lusaka to learn more about our industry leading data collection platform, Ona, and the open source mHealth platform we support, OpenSRP. You can also learn more about of our latest offering, Canopy, an enterprise analytics solution designed to meet the specific needs of humanitarian and development groups.

Learn directly from our team how Ona works with humanitarian, government, and UN organizations all over the world to address some of the world’s great challenges through our end-to-end data solutions. Email us now to schedule a one-on-one discussion around your specific needs or to book a dedicated demo of any of our tools.

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