Work - August 16, 2016

3 ways to get the most out of the new RapidPro + Ona integration

We are thrilled to announce that we added a RapidPro integration to Ona Apps. RapidPro is an open source messaging platform that provides a way to visually build interactive messaging flows (SMS, IVR, Telegram, Facebook Messenger) using its intuitive drag and drop interface. This integration means you can connect a form in your Ona account to a flow

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Resources - August 02, 2016

Why you need to start using Google Sheets with Ona

Have you been exporting data from Ona and then uploading to Google Sheets? As part of the recent release of Ona Apps, we are excited to announce your life just got easier with our new Google Sheets integration. Ona users can now export data to, and access data directly in, Google Sheets. Six reasons to love the

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Work - July 27, 2016

How Forest Carbon uses Ona with R to automate analysis and feedback

We are pleased to share a guest blog post written by Sebastian Persch, Ph.D. who is doing inventive work combining Ona with custom R code.  A member of the field team in Laos, collecting data about smallholder farmers. Image courtesy of Forest Carbon. A lot of people who use Ona for surveying probably know this

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Work - July 22, 2016

Upcoming: vector tile map support on Ona

One of the key items on the Ona road map this year is to improve our map view. We are happy to announce that Ona will soon be introducing a new way to visualize maps by enabling support for vector tile maps. Here is a sneak peek at what this will change on Ona maps.

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Work - July 11, 2016

Introducing Ona Apps

After months of coding, QA, and refinement, we are excited to announce the launch of Ona Apps! While we thrive to create simple and robust tools to visualize and use your data, we realize there are other tools for your unique tasks. Choice, after all, is a great thing. With Ona Apps, you can grant

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Resources - July 09, 2016

XLSForm Webinar Recap

The XLSForm live webinar that took place on the 29th of June was a big success! With slightly over 100 attendees, the audience included a mix of both Ona users and other data tool users, all with a desire to learn more about XLSForm authoring. Hosted by Ona Support Manager, Sylvia Musula, the comprehensive 45 minute session

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Press - June 22, 2016

Ona now fully supports HXL

We are really excited to announce that Ona now fully supports the Humanitarian Exchange Language, or HXL. HXL is designed to improve information sharing during a humanitarian crisis by creating a simple way to promote interoperablity of data. It does this through an ingenius approach of coding data through hashmarks (#), similar to Twitter. Part of

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Press - May 05, 2016

What's New in Ona: Release Notes

We’re constantly working to improve Ona, but we’ve overlooked letting the world know what’s been updated. To fix this, we’ve added Release Notes to keep track of updates in each release. We’ll also be sending monthly email summaries to those of you on the mailing list. Here’s the latest summary: Chart Improvements We’ve added a few things

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Resources - April 15, 2016

Introducing ona.R - Easily use Ona in R

One of the great things about the R programming language is the thousands of packages users have written to solve problems in areas of data import, data wrangling and data visualization. We’re glad to introduce ona.R, a package that helps you import data from your Ona account into R. This package is a direct fork of Prabhas Pokharel’s awesome formhub.R library. As we work

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Press - April 08, 2016

OpenSRP Nairobi technology sprint, take two!

In mid-March, Ona hosted the second OpenSRP engineering sprint, bringing engineers from around the world to Ona’s Nairobi office. Engineering partners from SID (Indonesia), mPower (Bangladesh), IHS (Pakistan), OpenMRS, ThoughtWorks and Jembi (South Africa) joined the sprint to enhance the user experience and performance of OpenSRP, an mHealth platform that empowers frontline health workers in developing countries to deliver more effective healthcare. Ona is the technology lead

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