Perspective - July 13, 2014

Our Stories From Libya

View of the Mediterranean Sea from Tripoli On February 20th 2014, Libya elected an assembly to draft a constitution intended to advance the country’s transition to democracy and break a political stalemate more than two years after an uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Ona worked with the Libyan High National Election Commission and the United Nations

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Work - July 07, 2014

Upcoming: The Next Ona

The primary focus of our product team over the past few months has been working to overhaul the Ona platform. While the existing data collection tool is useful, we’re improving it on three fronts:   Revamping the user interface with a new design language Adding new functionality to support user management, organization accounts, and improved

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Work - June 12, 2014

Tally-Ho: Robust Open-Source Election Software

Forms from the field were received at the In Take Section Early in 2014, the Libyan government held a national election to select 60 representatives tasked with drafting a foundational constitution for the country. This was an enormous effort for a shaky new democracy in a country twice the size of Texas, 90% of which

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Resources - June 06, 2014

Dynamically populate choice lists with CSV data

In the last blog post Pull CSV data into your forms, we showed you how to pull data from a previous survey into your new survey using CSV files. Another application of this feature is to pull select_one or select_multiple choice lists from CSV files. See the example below and the explanation that follows: XLSForm survey sheet type name label

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Resources - June 02, 2014

Pull CSV data into your forms

We have a new feature that we are sure will make data collection easier. It is now possible to pull existing survey data into your forms on the Ona Platform using CSV files.

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Perspective - May 21, 2014

Starting Ona

Ona Nairobi’s mascot and destroyer of dog beds, Mali We started Ona six months ago and it’s been quite the ride so far. Since launching, we’ve completed a few cool projects, which we’ll be posting soon to the website. A major success was building the vote tallying system used in Libya’s elections. We’ve also added key

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Tech - May 05, 2014

Automated Infrastructure with Pallet and Clojure

At Ona we are rebuilding our data management platform. We are starting with a light weight front-end that will serve up content pulled from the REST API of our current application. We are aiming to have the back-end in Clojure, the front-end in ClojureScript, and the infrastructure in Clojure using Pallet. We are excited to have a single (and

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Perspective - April 21, 2014

NYC to Nairobi: Great Ideas and Good Times!

  We just had an exciting week at the Nairobi office. The New York team came down to build our synergies, share ideas, feast on ugali and spot some game. Top of the agenda was redesigning Ona’s user interface and adding new functionality for our enterprise users. We’re excited about the updated user interface that

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Work - March 12, 2014

Building the Tally software used in the Libyan Constitutional Election

We recently built the tallying software used to aggregate votes in the Libyan constitutional assembly elections. Our software recorded, verified, and reported on over 720,000 votes cast by Libyan citizens. These votes were cast throughout the country, on off-shore oil rigs, and at international voting centers throughout the world. The Libyan High National Election Commission has generously

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Tech - January 23, 2014

Nairobi Python - Litte known and/or useful Python features for fun & profit

Today Larry Weya gave a presentation at the Python Nairobi Meetup titled Little known and/or useful Python features for fun & profit. The slides are below:

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