Tag: mobile

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 2 (Distance and Area Measurement)

by | October 6, 2011
Category: Blog

UPDATE: (13 October 2011) We added feedback for the app’s creator at the bottom along with his great recommendation for improving our protocol. 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 […]

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 1 (Using ODK Collect)

by | October 3, 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). We will discuss all three in this blog over a series of posts, starting with ODK Collect. […]

What’s a ‘Household?’

by | September 26, 2011
Category: Blog

The word and concept of household is incredibly loaded, and creating a unified definition of “household” across different cultures and countries can be very difficult. Ultimately, defining this term will be very important for AfSIS as our household survey expands to new areas and involves more organizations. It will be important that data collected across […]

Pace of Enumeration

by | September 23, 2011
Category: Blog

On Wednesday the 21st of September, we completed the survey phase of our ICT4Ag pilot.  We conducted a final debriefing session with the enumerators, they are returning to their regular routine as agriculture extension officers, and we are turning our efforts full time to writing up our experience, analyzing data, and planning our next steps. […]

Device Prep and Management

by | September 20, 2011
Category: Blog

Preparing for an agriculture survey using Android phones and OpenDataKit tools is very similar to preparing for a paper-based survey. The research team must design the survey questions, select enumerators, develop a sampling plan, meet with community leaders, and deal with logistics (payment, transport, etc.) A survey using smart phones requires another type of preparation, […]

ICT4Ag Featured on OpenDataKit Blog

by | September 15, 2011
Category: News

The fine folks over at the official ODK blog featured our work on their website. You can check it out here.

Cultural Challenges

by | September 15, 2011
Category: Blog

It is often and correctly said that the hardest part of any project involving ICT is never the technology. That has been particularly true with our current pilot. We have encountered a number of cultural challenges that have delayed our enumeration. They were not unexpected, but they are interesting to consider. Our Maasai Population The […]

Tablets vs Phones: Hardware Matters

by | September 12, 2011
Category: Blog

When people initially think of ODK (Open Data Kit) and Android-based data collection, their thoughts turn to mobile phones–but this is changing. The emergence of a rich Android tablet ecosystem over the past year has given surveyors even more choices beyond the 101 different Android mobile phones out there. Now, project planners must consider tablets, […]

Android Takes Patience

by | September 1, 2011
Category: Blog

Putting Android OS devices into the hands of our enumerators, who have very little technological experience, highlighted the complexity and inconsistencies of these devices. Understanding these challenges will help AfSIS to improve its future device/Android training. The fine line between a short-press, “tap” and a “long-press.” Surprisingly one of the hardest skills for our enumerators […]

Introduction to AfSIS Enumerator Training

by | September 1, 2011
Category: Blog

Over the next two weeks, we will be posting observations on different aspects of the enumerator training conducted Aug 17-19 and 22. This post serves as an introduction. Upcoming topics will include: Device selection and preparation Using the Android OS Enumerator/Trainee impressions Language challenges Training approach and experience for the three Android apps we are […]