Mobile Phone Based Data Collection Using ODK and Mapping Training - Versed Professional Services | Educartis

5 days
Company Training


Course Overview

This five day training course will provide participants with the ability to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system. Taken at the Versed Training Facility in Nairobi, this course provides a supportive and conducive learning environment to help individuals learn how to streamline the data collection process using ODK and Mapping by replacing traditional paper forms with electronic forms that allow text, numeric data, GPS, photo, video, barcodes, and audio uploads to an online server. 

Mobile-Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been acknowledged world wide by researchers, non-governmental organisations, relief agencies, and health ministries, among other organisations, as a very useful and convenient method of data collection, compared to the traditional paper forms. As a professional with skills in this form of data collection, you'll become very valuable to potential employers and significantly increase your career opportunities. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently use this method and contribute more effectively to your organisation. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this training, students will be able to: 

  • Design & build a form using ODK build.
  • Set up an aggregate server.
  • Perform successful mobile data collection using ODK.
  • Submit completed data to an aggregate server. 
  • Export GPS data for Mapping/Visualising.

Certification obtained

Participation Certificate 

What jobs will I qualify for?

This course enhances learners' knowledge and skill in a number of careers including: 

  • Demographer 
  • Data Manager
  • Data Processing Coordinator/Supervisor 
  • Data Entry Operator 

When do I start?

Next available course

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students must be reasonably proficient in English.  No prior knowledge of mobile data collection is required.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for this course, students must fill in the relevant individual or company registration form.

Payment options

The total fee for this course is 600 USD. This covers: 

  • Tuition 
  • Training Materials
  • Two break refreshments 
  • Lunch 
  • Study Visits

How to Pay
Payments should be transferred to Versed Professional Services Account through the bank 7 days before commencement of training. 

  • All participants will additionally care for their travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.
  • Accommodation is arranged upon request. 

Detailed course information

This course is taken at the Versed Training Facility over the course of five days. The course outline is as follows:

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
  • Introduction 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 customised for your particular institution upon request. You can have it delivered to your preferred location. 

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