Welcome Erick Ngwiri and Two Familiar Faces!


We’re excited to welcome Erick Ngwiri who is joining Ona as the Director of Client Solutions. Erick will be helping us establish and maintain relationships with our consulting clients and play a key role in helping Ona build amazing software.


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Introducing Ona Form Builder


Form builder

We are thrilled to introduce Ona Form Builder today. XLSForm authoring can be challenging. In response, we have added an online form builder that lets you design Ona forms that include features like ODK question types, form logic, and validation rules. Ona Form Builder is built off an open-source form builder from Kobo.

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Ona Collect Updates


Ona Collect

A new version of Ona Collect is available on Google Play. In addition to stability updates, there is a new project filter that helps you navigate Ona forms. The screenshot shows a dropdown that lets you filter the form list by project, which is helpful if you have a lot of forms from multiple projects.

Ona Collect has also been updated to incorporate the latest version of ODK Collect (v1.4.12_rev_1063), which has better support for spacial type questions, such as OSM questions.

For more information on Ona Collect, check out our previous post, A New Client for Smartphones: Ona Collect.

Ona This Month January 2017 Newsletter



What’s new?


Binning and heatmap visualizations on maps

Last month we mentioned we’d be adding binning (including 3D!) and heatmap visualizations. They are now live. In a recent blog post, we look at a relatively simple dataset from Roy, an Ona engineer and avid cyclist, to learn more about how these visualizations can help you analyze data on your next project. Read the blog post.

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Binning and Heatmap Visualizations on Maps



To help you visualize large datasets on a map, we added binning (including 3d!) and heatmap visualizations. Displaying points works well for small datasets, but a large number of submissions can cause overlapping points, which misrepresent the data and make it difficult to see geospatial trends. Hexbins and heatmaps solve that problem through binning — combining points into groups — and showing density with the resulting geospatial shapes.

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