ActivityInfo

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Name
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ActivityInfo
Tool Class
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Data Collection, Data Aggregation, Data
Developer
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UNHCR, Unicef, BeDataDriven
Date Created
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2009
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
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Yes
Platforms
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Web
Website
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https://about.activityinfo.org/
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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English, French, Arabic, Persian, Dutch, Vietnamese
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Advanced

Tool Description

ActivityInfo is an online humanitarian project monitoring tool, which helps humanitarian organizations to collect, manage, map and analyze indicators. ActivityInfo has been developed to simplify reporting and allow for real time monitoring. The tool is Open Source and provided as a Software-as-a-Service for teams under 10 users free of cost.

ActivityInfo allows for data entry though a simple web-based form. The tool also integrates with the Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect application, which allows users to collect data during surveys, monitoring visits, or even regular reporting using any Android mobile device or tablet and the results directly to ActivityInfo. Users entering entering data can georeference it by clicking on a map during entry. Auditing features allow a team lead to view who has been entering information and when.

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Mapping and Visualization

ActivityInfo has an integrated Mapping utility that allows for simple mapping visualizations. The data can also be exported to be viewed on Google Earth. After data has been input, Data Visualization tools allow for the generation of charts, pivot tables, etc for reports.

Low Connectivity Compatible

ActivityInfo is designed to perform in challenging environments with limited internet connections. The application as a whole is optimized for high-latency satellite connections, and the application will function partially offline if connection becomes temporarily unavailable. Users can review and update results while offline, and synchronize with the server when a connection becomes available.

Security

The application allows an administer to assign roles and determine what information can be accessed by different types of users. ActivityInfo uses Google’s App Engine, a platform that meets the ISO 27001:2005 comprehensive international security certification which is verified by an external auditor and checked regularly thereafter.

For advanced users, the application can be connected to external systems using our RESTful client libraries for JavaScript, Java, VBA, PHP, and other languages.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

ActivityInfo is an advanced tool. The interface takes some time to learn, so it may be difficult for beginners to jump in and use without training. It is meant to be used where one team member learns the complex tasks (form creation, etc) and others handle the data entry work. (Unlike Google Forms or KoBo Toolbox, which do not allow for different roles.) However, the service is integrated with a broad array of other services like R and Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect, meaning that once a user gains mastery of the tool it may serve many functions.

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