Resources - March 29, 2016

Updates to user permissions in ODK Collect

One of the major new features that we introduced with the release of our new platform last fall is the ability to assign role-based permissions to projects. This had been one of our most requested features from the previous Ona version, and we’re excited to support this now for all users on ona.io. Users can now create projects on Ona and add

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Resources - February 26, 2016

Exporting data with labels

A few emails have come in requesting support for questions as headings in data exports. We have heeded your call and are glad to announce this is now possible. When exporting CSV, Excel and CSV Zip files, you can choose whether labels and/or names show up as column headers. Using XLSForm syntax, the label column contains the actual

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Press - February 12, 2016

Writing Python Code to Decide an Election

The long awaited video from Ona’s keynote presentation at PyConZA 2014. A while back Ona was given three weeks to write the software that will tally votes in the Libyan elections and decide who wins and who loses. This is not something we could get wrong. We combined agile development with best practices in testing

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Resources - January 07, 2016

Making an Impact with Lean Data

Lean data, or applying lean processes to data collection and use, is an important tool for creating impact in global development programs. It was created as a response costly traditional M&E (monitoring and evaluation) practices that aren’t about the end consumer or user and only applicable to large-scale programs. The core tenet of lean data is focusing

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Resources - December 26, 2015

Give your questions the colors they deserve

We’ve just added a small but powerful new feature that gives you more control on how you visualize data on your map. One of the challenges with our maps to date is you could not specify the colors for specific responses to data. Since colors are randomly assigned, it’s very possible to have true show up as

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Press - December 10, 2015

Map Your World and Ona at Geo for Good 2015

This past October I spoke on behalf of Map Your World at the 2015 Geo for Good User Summit. Map Your World empowers youth to explore issues and ideas that matter – like clean drinking water, or food justice – then write surveys, collect data, and create maps to make change in their communities. This amazing project is powered

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Work - October 15, 2015

Ona Data Projects

This post will tell you everything you need to know about creating, sharing, managing, and getting the most out of your projects in Ona. What is a project? In Ona, a project is where your related forms and data are stored. Projects can hold as many forms and data as your plan allows. When you first log in to

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Work - October 01, 2015

Announcing Ona Data 2

We launched Ona 2 today! In our previous announcements here, here, and on our release log, we described the new features in Ona 2. There’s also a Getting Started guide that will show you, well, how to get started, and what has changed from the previous version of Ona. If you have questions on the transition, please email support@ona.io. To celebrate the launch,

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Work - June 22, 2015

Next Up Roadmap

Since it’s always good to know what’s coming up, here are a few new features you should look out for on beta.ona.io in the next few weeks. Improved charts Summary charts will be embeddable, made persistent, and slightly customized. This will allow you to change a chart’s title, as well as generate code to embed it on

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Work - May 30, 2015

Making Ona reliable and resilient

Last year, we experienced a few small periods of downtime. We made changes to bring this up to 99.8% API uptime in 2015. However, the remaining 0.2% bothered our engineering team, so after additional work, we recently hit a rewarding milestone: 30+ days of 100% uptime on our API and front-end site! The first big

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