Press - April 17, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation at Ona

The EU has introduced important new data privacy legislation called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will go in effect May 25th. This new sweeping regulation, introduced to strengthen the privacy rights of EU citizens, represents important new data protection guidelines that all organizations working on the internet should be aware of. GDPR is meant to protect

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Press - March 08, 2018

See us at the USAID Digital Development Forum in DC

Ona is excited to be participating in the USAID Digital Development Forum: The Next 10 Years. The event brings together over 150 thought leaders, experts, practitioners, and innovators to discuss how organizations can tackle the development challenges by adopting information and communication technologies. We will have a demo table set up in Academy Hall where we’ll

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Tech - February 28, 2018

Using Deep Learning to Predict Water Point functionality from an Image

An essential part of ensuring that people have equitable access to services is being able to quickly and continuously assess whether those services are functioning properly. If your government provides health care it needs to know those clinics are open, if it provides public bus services it needs to know those buses are running on

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Perspective - February 06, 2018

Kenneth Ponders His Time as an Ona Intern

Kenneth joined us three months ago as our youngest ever intern. In this post, he writes about getting a sense of what being a software engineer at Ona is all about. Prologue When I got an email from Ona inviting me for an interview, I couldn’t believe my luck. Though I just finished a full-time

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Perspective - January 10, 2018

Applying the Principles for Digital Development to Data Platforms

In Streaming Ona Data with NiFi, Kafka, Druid, and Superset, we went into detail on our technical approach to building a streaming data architecture, yet we skipped over why this is important. Simply put, we think the widespread practice of building custom software solutions in international development is a waste of time and money. This isn’t

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Work - November 20, 2017

Avoiding Unsustainable ICT Implementation: Ona for Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Laos

We are pleased to share a guest blog post written by Aidan Flanagan, who worked as a consultant to the Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos). In this post, he describes his experience creating an app with Ona to reduce illegal logging and poaching. Aidan believes it can serve as

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Press - November 13, 2017

How ACTED Kenya-Somalia uses Ona to Ensure Better Data Quality

We are pleased to share a guest blog post written by Rose Mutisya, from ACTED Kenya-Somalia. ACTED is an international NGO operating in 35 countries around the world and is committed to providing immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling

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Press - November 10, 2017

Champions and super users: the health workers behind BID’s success

Ona is partnering with PATH and the Zambian Ministry of Health and local technology partner, BlueCode, to adapt OpenSRP to the vaccination workflows of health workers in Zambia’s Southern Province. We wrote earlier this year about the project, which is in support of the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative. We are excited to repost this article

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Resources - October 10, 2017

New Feature: Merging Multiple Datasets Into One

Merging datasets is a new feature that lets you combine multiple datasets from different forms into a single dataset. When datasets are merged, data from 2+ parent datasets are combined and the child merged dataset gets updated whenever changes occur in the parent datasets. Viewing data in merged datasets is similar to other datasets, allowing

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Tech - October 06, 2017

Introduction To Data Scraping With Python

Last Thursday, Kelvin gave a talk at PyconKE 2017 titled “Introduction to Scraping using Python”. This was a beginner-level introduction that used three cool Python libraries: beautiful soup mechanize argparse In the talk, I demonstrated how to use these libraries to programmatically access the Kenya Power & Lighting Company’s website and automatically fetch a monthly power bill.

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