Open Data Kit (ODK)

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Name
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Open Data Kit (ODK)
Tool Class
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Data Collection, Data
Developer
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University of Washington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Change
Date Created
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2008/04
Still Maintained?
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Yes
Open Source?
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Platforms
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Android, Web
Website
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https://opendatakit.org/
Payment Structure
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free
Languages Supported
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  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Intermediate


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Tool Description

Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. An open source tool, ODK serves as the foundation for many other mobile data collection tools, such as KoBo Toolbox, Elmo, and Enketo. ODK creates forms that can be used on Android devices.

ODK Consists of several separate but linked services:

  • Build - in which the user creates a survey and saves it in XML format
  • Collect - in which the user takes a saved survey and imports it into an Android App.
  • Aggregate - in which the user hosts the survey data performing some Data Visualization (including Mapping) and exporting information.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

While ODK is incorporated into several different tools and services that are very easy to use, ODK is somewhat less intuitive to use for beginners than services like KoBo Toolbox. It is, however, well-suited for developers who want to incorporate components of the application into their own projects. [1]

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