Work - February 27, 2017

Assign Granular Permissions to Forms

Restricting access to data is key in certain situations. For example, you might be collecting sensitive information and don’t want enumerators to see one another’s data. As a result, we introduced role-based permission restrictions to give you control over who among the collaborators can view and edit their data. This article will show you how

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Work - February 23, 2017

How We Helped Verify Water Points in Rural Tanzania with Ona, ODK, and OpenMapKit

Tanzania operates one of the world’s largest rural water schemes with over 80,000 public water points. To improve access to water in rural areas, DFID is supporting the Government of Tanzania through a payments-based results (PbR) scheme intended to incentivize local government authorities (LGAs) to maintain existing water points and build new ones where they

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Work - February 07, 2017

Ona and PATH in Zambia for OpenSRP Immunization Project

The Ona team started the year off right with a productive visit to Livingstone, Zambia, the site of the most recent OpenSRP implementation. James Maina (center), a technical project manager at Ona, asks a clinic nurse about her workflow. Photo: PATH/Mali Kambandu In Zambia, OpenSRP will be used as an immunization platform to support PATH’s BID Initiative,

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Press - February 05, 2017

New Murals in the Nairobi Office

The walls in our Nairobi office are starting to look better! Onto a workroom wall, Roger Wong painted the image from the December newsletter. Check out a timelapse of half of the progress below. Tip: recharge your batteries before starting a timelapse :). In the breakroom, we commmissioned a group of rising local artists to paint

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Work - January 13, 2017

Introducing Ona 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. Using Ona Form

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Work - January 04, 2017

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 —

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Tech - December 30, 2016

Tech at Ona: What We Built in 2016

It’s been a big year for the Ona tech team! In this post, we look at what we built in 2016. Ona platform tech in 2016 In 2016 we added more new features to the Ona platform than in the previous two years combined. Here’s a run-down of select features we added to Ona in

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Work - December 27, 2016

How we secure your data

Our clients use Ona to collect, analyze, and disseminate mission critical data. We have worked on both the data collection side as well as the platform side and understand the importance of knowing your data is stored safely and securely. Here we’ll talk about the specific technologies we use to secure our users’ data. Security

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Press - December 21, 2016

Thank you and happy holidays 2016!

With 2016 coming to an end, the whole Ona team wanted to send a “Thank You” to all of the customers, users, friends, and family of Ona. To show how happy we are to have your support, we created the Thank you / happy holidays survey. Since so many of you use Ona for mapping points,

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Perspective - December 14, 2016

Ona: Years 0 to 3

We did a few visualizations about Ona’s first three years. Huzzah!

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