Signing Git Commits Using Your GPG Key


For data collection projects we contribute code to, it’s in our best interest to verify the identity of contributors linked to us. The goal is to prevent situations like this totally plausible horror story, where Mike Gerwitz discovered a back door created by his account that he didn’t remember making.

We realize signing Git commits using GPG isn’t a requirement in most projects. It is, however, a nice to have feature — especially in cases where it is important for you to have your identity as the commiter verified and want to prevent an impersonator from going undetected when they submit a commit as you.

Here are instructions on how to set up GPG signing on OSX. Those of us who are Linux users should be able to easily follow.

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Introducing the Ona Status Page


Ona Status Page
Ona Status Page

We experienced a period of downtime a few weeks ago due to an unexpectedly high load. While this doesn’t happen often, we wanted to build a way for users to be informed about the status of Ona and other services. At, you can see current and historical uptime data. To prevent future downtime, we added additional servers and more robust monitoring on our systems.

Checkout our new status page at:

Welcome To Ona Barbara


Meet Barbara Malina, Support Assistant at Ona.

Barbara has joined Ona to strengthen service delivery for our growing user base. As a support assistant, she will ensure our help site is up-to-date, train clients, and respond to support tickets with limited delay.

In her previous work, Barbara served in a customer experience department where she provided support, training, product development, and QA. She was also involved in developing and implementing marketing strategies. Barbara has a degree in international business administration from United States International University - Africa. She’s an adrenaline junkie who likes hiking and cycling, but enjoys a good read when indoors.

To greater heights!

Highlights of The World Vision Tech Expo


Ona at the World Vision Tech Expo

Last week, World Vision held a technology expo at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. Professionals and technology firms, including Ona, were in attendance to network and learn about the great work others are doing. As a social enterprise that uses technology to make data accessible, we took this opportunity to showcase Ona’s data collection and visualization tools.

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Who are the Experts?


SDI Settlement Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Uganda using Ona’s map view to visualize data.

This article was authored by Nshemerirwe Fiona of ACTogether Uganda and originally published on the ACTogether blog.

Often, it is assumed that experts are those who have taken time in school and learned from theories and renowned authors. As much as this might be true, it is not always the case as the two-day Ona training revealed about federation data managers. On the 12th of February 2016, Anni Beukes, Data Manager at Slum Dwellers International (SDI), came to Uganda to train federation data managers in cleaning and updating their data, which was stored in Ona.

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