Chris York (@seewhy)
What contributions (e.g., issue triage, tech support, documentation, bug fixes) have you made to the ODK community?
I’m a 'well rounded' user of ODK – designing forms, collecting data in the field, downloading and analysing the results. I’ve tried to share my experiences where things have gone wrong, where I’ve got stuck and when I’ve found solutions. I’m reasonably experienced with heuristics, mainly the error side of things. I have tried to contribute ideas for new features or enhancements to existing ones.
I might have made a few people smile, and I have no doubt there have been a few cringes and sharp intakes of breath!
How do you believe your contributions have benefited ODK?
I think that sharing real world examples and scenarios helps to shape the features of ODK. I have also been able to identify features that don’t work as intended, without necessarily helping to solve the issues!
What do you believe the top priorities for ODK are?
- Supporting the community of users – the forum is an excellent example of ‘cross-fertilisation’ of ideas and mutual support.
- Keeping documentation up to date as new features are introduced or existing features are modified (sometimes transferring discussions from the forum or signposting those discussions)
- Improving and simplifying deployment of forms to enumerators who are not very tech-savvy;
In terms of priorities for development I would include:
- Enhancing spatial data collection tools – so we can easily tell where data was collected;
- Improving the potential for ‘case management’ or longitudinal / time-series data collection using ODK Collect
How will you help the ODK community accomplish those priorities?
I’m really good at breaking things. I have 20+ years’ experience of field data collection in environmental disciplines so hopefully I can keep a practical eye on developments and help to focus on making it easier for people to use ODK.
I have a reasonable grasp of the underlying logic for data collection, but not the code, so might be able to help.
I will also continue to advocate the use of ODK as an efficient means of data collection - hopefully growing that community further.
How many hours a week can you commit to participating on the TSC?
My workloads vary and I'm self-employed - sometimes I am away for fieldwork for days or (more rarely) weeks at a time... I would aim to contribute at least an hour a week when I'm available.
What other mobile data collection projects, social good projects, or open source projects are you involved with?
I have used mobile data tools since 2007 on pocketPCs and Android phones / tablets. I built forms with Visual CE and Epicollect before finding ODK. I have also used ESRI Collector. Needless to say I am only using ODK these days.
I’ve been involved with setting up and running a small number of charities / non-profit / community groups in my own local area and participated in a few social-justice campaigns. Nothing particularly eye catching, but often time consuming, not always successful, sometimes stressful. Examples would be community growing and recycling initiatives, protecting local health care services, creating and maintaining outdoor recreation facilities.
Please share any links to public resources (e.g., resume, blog, Github) that help support your application.
In lieu of submitting a full CV/resume or online persona here is a summary:
I have a BSc in Geology, an MSc in Science Communication and have almost 30 years work experience in the environment sector. I have worked for the Public Sector, private companies and NGO’s . I have been self-employed since 2006 (www.walking-the-talk.co.uk) with a wide range of clients in the UK and Ireland. I am based in North East Scotland.