Agriculture and climate research meet the high-tech world in easy-to-use online Data Kit | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
"Aggregating data faster and getting the numbers cleaned up in an instant are perhaps what most researchers dream about. If that is the case for you, then we would like to introduce you to the online Open Data Kit, aimed to make research-life slightly easier. The Open Data Kit is a set of tools for data collection that aims to simplify decision-making for organisations and research programs working in developing regions. There are a number of features that you can use if you are carrying out a development project or studies: - You can collect digital data – collected via forms and stored on mobile devices such as android phones; - You can store your data, either on a cloud-based server or on a private one. The data on the server can then be exported to a variety of other tools such as Google Earth or Google Maps; - The kit also includes a form-authoring tool as well. Here the idea is that you can take traditional forms and turn them into a digital format. Completed forms are then sent back to the server, where the data is aggregated and made ready for analysis; - You can gather and store multimedia such as videos, audio, photos, barcodes and more, basically anything that you can link to an android phone. The Kit's core developers are researchers at the University of Washington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering department and active members of Change, a multi-disciplinary group at University of Washington exploring how technology can improve the lives of under-served populations around the world ..."