Work - December 08, 2016

High-resolution satellite basemap new in Ona maps

We are excited to announce the addition of a high-resolution satellite basemap from DigitalGlobe. This will provide over 150 million square kilometers of the earth’s surface in astonishing clarity. DigitalGlobe offers the highest resolution (it’s the only company that offers 30 cm resolution imagery) and most up-to-date satellite imagery available on the market. It’s a big investment,

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Work - December 06, 2016

UNICEF Innovation Fund Invests in OpenSRP!

We’re thrilled to share that the UNICEF Innovation Fund has chosen to invest in OpenSRP as one of their inaugural five technology investments. Their investment will support our partner, mPower, in using OpenSRP to expand their pioneering work to improve vaccine coverage in Bangladesh. Working with John Hopkin’s University, mPower will strengthen OpenSRP’s integration with RapidPro and continue

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Work - November 30, 2016

Make Your Forms Multilingual

Did you know you can develop an Ona survey that can be read in multiple languages? It is increasingly common for researchers to capture feedback from different regions with a diversity of languages. Since comprehending survey questions is a pivotal need for high quality responses, we recommend building surveys in the local language of enumerators

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Tech - November 28, 2016

Python Expose Meetup is coming to the Ona Kenya office in early December

If you enjoyed the last Python Expose Meetup, then you definitely can’t miss out on the next one on 3rd December in our Nairobi office. Join James Maringa and Frankie Onuonga for a lively discussion about: Comparisons between basic Python data structures — including looking at fundamental and semantic differences, internal implementation needs, costs of operations, and memory

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Perspective - November 22, 2016

Ona Mannequin Challenge

Mannequin challenge? Yes please! The Ona team took a break from all the hard engineering work to join in on the mannequin challenge.

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Work - November 02, 2016

Empowering Communities Through Data

Annie Beukes, Data Manager at Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), recently talked to us about why SDI needs a standardized data tool and how they use data to create an impact. Ona: What does SDI do and what is your role? Anni Beukes: June 20th marked the 20th anniversary for Shack / Slum Dwellers International. We

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Work - October 27, 2016

Dynamic Form Linking with Ona

Recently, we added the ability for a form or filtered dataset to be specified as a media file for another form. Used in conjunction with the pulldata() function, this lets you dynamically link forms together (i.e pull data from one or more active forms to another form). Dynamic form linking upgrades the pulldata() function so that

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Tech - October 25, 2016

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

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Work - October 15, 2016

Introducing the 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 status.ona.io, you can see current and historical uptime data. To prevent future

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Press - September 30, 2016

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

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