Tag: mobile

Mobile Data Tools Used in Soil Survey for the First Time

by | January 25, 2012
Category: Blog

In December, AfSIS sent two staff members to Ethiopia to help Ethiopia’s Agriculture Transformation Agency launch a new country-wide soil research initiative. The soil collection teams used Android-based tablets for their work, marking the first time that soil research has been conducted in this way. Each team carried one tablet and used it in place […]

Reflections on Mobile Data Collection Presentation

by | January 19, 2012
Category: Blog

Last week, Eric Couper, AfSIS’ ICT and Agriculture Coordinator, had the opportunity to discuss AfSIS’ mobile data collection work with colleagues and students affiliated with Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Chris Planicka wrote about the presentation for the New Media Task Force (NMTF) blog. He summarizes the talk and encourages members of NMTF to consider the […]

Experiences from ICT4Rural Development Conference- Part 1

by | November 15, 2011
Category: Blog

November 1-3, Eric Couper, AfSIS’ ICT and Agriculture Coordinator, participated in an ICT4Rural Development conference hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa by SANGONeT. We’ve included some notes here for those who couldn’t make it. In a follow-up post, we will highlight some of the most exciting projects featured at ICT4RD and offer a few thoughts on […]

Reducing Transportation Time and Costs with Open Street Maps and Locus

by | November 14, 2011
Category: Blog

N.B. This post assumes some knowledge of an Android app called Locus Free. To read more about how we used Locus Free for navigation and geospatial sampling read this post first. Imagine that your organization is working in a new area for the first time. If you are working in the United States, you can […]

Meta-Forms: Creating a Survey of Your Survey

by | October 28, 2011
Category: Blog

As we have been highlighting on this blog, there is a lot more that goes into a survey than writing up questions and then asking people those questions. Surveying requires hiring, training, device selection, translation issues, logistics, and so on and so on, so it only makes sense that a research team should develop “meta-forms” […]

Our ODK Training Experience (Materials Included)

by | October 20, 2011
Category: Blog

NOTE TO THE READER: This post serves as a follow up to and elaboration on our first training post. That post, while titled ”Introduction to AfSIS Enumerator Training,” served as an introduction to our project more generally. We hope this post answers more of your questions about our training. We also hope that you find […]

Testing GPS Quality on Android Devices

by | October 18, 2011
Category: Blog

During a recent discussion of our work, one Earth Institute scientist mentioned that he was worried about the quality of the GPS built into Android devices. It is a real concern. Depending on the level of precision that your organization needs, Android hardware and software may not suit your needs. In this post, we will […]

Like Buttons on a Vending Machine: Language Issues in Survey Creation

by | October 13, 2011
Category: Blog

From Surveying 101, we all know that how you ask a question can radically change the answer you get. We work in a bilingual office (English and Kiswahili) and are researching a bilingual population (Kiswahili and Kimaasai), so this truth is even more poignant. It was important for us that our survey was delivered to […]

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 3 (Locus Free)

by | October 12, 2011
Category: Blog

Android devices are powerful tools for surveying because they are multifaceted. We used them to conduct questionnaires, to navigate, and to measure the area of plots. For each of these processes, we used a different free application (or app). This post on the Locus Free app is the third of three posts on this topic; […]

Enumerators Offer Perspectives on ICT4Ag Pilot Survey

by | October 7, 2011
Category: Blog

We are excited to present the following video highlighting the perspectives of two of our enumerators. While this does not represent the entire group (five in total), we believe that it is generally representative. These particular enumerators were chosen because they have the most experience conducting surveys and were the most comfortable being filmed. ICT4Ag […]