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Mobile Data collection using ODK & Google tools

Invitation to Introductory Workshop on Mobile Data collection using ODK & Google tools by Pradeep Koulgi (independent researcher and wildlife biologist) on the 7th of September, 2019 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at Environment Support Group Workshop Space, 1575, Banashankarai II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070 (https://goo.gl/maps/ekUAGDZGLN9ymZjz9)

Registration is on a first come first served basis as only 20 seats are open, so register soon! TO RSVP TO THIS EVENT: Email us at [email protected] OR call us at 080 2671 3560. 
Suggested contribution: Rs. 300 

Introduction: Data collection out in the field is an important part of research in many social and environmental organisations. While collecting data on paper-based forms have many strengths – like being low-tech, inexpensive and versatile — analysing and summarising those data can be cumbersome due to challenges of digitising, quality checking and data security. Open Data Kit (ODK) provides a suite of free and open source tools to collect and manage data using Android devices and free or inexpensive back end tools. It allows for filling forms with a mobile app-like interface on questionnaires involving complex skip-logic that support answers with multiple choice, text, GPS location, multimedia, date, etc.

In this session, we will cover a broad overview of ODK and a hands-on practice session on how to build & deploy forms and collect field data using ODK & Google Drive/Sheets. We will explore using Google MyMaps to visualize collected data and learn about other Google tools that can be very useful in visualizing landscapes.

Prerequisites & requirements: There are no mandatory requirements, no coding experience needed. Prior familiarity & interest in field data collection for research purposes is desirable. An Android device, a Google account and basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets will be necessary to follow-along during the hands-on practice. Laptops are optional.

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