Has anyone used ODK Collect?


(Stacey McDonald) #1

I’m considering using the Open Data Toolkit data collection tool. Has anyone used it? How simple is it to use? I have a few questions, and I haven’t found a very straightforward how-to guide. Would appreciate if anyone got in touch!

Edited to add: it’s a mobile data collection app. Also, the location feature wouldn’t load…

(Yaw Anokwa) #2

Hi @smcdonald, I’m one of the founders of Open Data Kit and I’ve spent most of the last 10 years(!) trying to make ODK Collect easy to use. I think we’ve done a pretty good job, but there’s always room for improvement. :sweat_smile:

We have detailed documentation on all the ODK at https://docs.opendatakit.org so I’d start there. If you run into any problems, we have a very kind and active community of 7000+ ODKers at https://forum.opendatakit.org who are ready to answer your questions.

As to your location feature not working, that’s very strange. Please file a support request in the support category of the forum with details on the device and version of ODK Collect you are using and we’ll track down the issue and fix it for you.

(Stacey McDonald) #3

Hi @yanokwa! It so great that you reached out! Thanks for sharing the link to the forum. I’ll check it out an see if I can figure out why the geo point isn’t loading.

I really just started to take a look at this tool as an option for people to collect data. It’s an amazing open resource. I was hoping to get a sense if others out there - specifically in the nonprofit sector - where using it, and maybe start a discussion about its use.