Chrissy h Roberts (@chrissyhroberts)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
What contributions (e.g., issue triage, tech support, documentation, bug fixes) have you made to the ODK community?
Long term focus on implementation of ODK systems in clinical research, epidemiology, emergency global health response and clinical trials.
Contributions to ecosystem development through commissioned work with Enketo (security updates) & Nafundi (audit trail etc.)
How do you believe your contributions have benefited ODK?
My work has raised the profile of ODK in the academic research community and particularly in the sphere of emergency medicine, clinical trials during outbreaks and global health. My team's work leveraged opportunities to test innovations in ODK ecosystem in real world high challenge settings and to refine and improve functionality of ODK in complex contexts such as conflict zones and areas affected by high consequence infectious disease outbreaks.
The ongoing collaboration between my team, Nafundi and Enketo has led to developments which we have detailed in a paper that we recently submitted to the academic journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making (Preprint https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-52854/latest.pdf) This paper describes some significant updates and improvements to ODK including audit trail, fingerprint scanning, scalability and automation.
What do you believe the top priorities for ODK are?
I suppose that the current goals are to progress with the Central roadmap.
I'd personally identify a potential priority in this as being the need to expand functionality of Central to include functions that allow longitudinal data collection, sync between Central and Collect and audited editing of data on device and/or server.
How will you help the ODK community accomplish those priorities?
My position as lead of a mixed methods clinical research team provides me with opportunities to test new developments to the ecosystem in real world settings. The various needs of the many clinical trials, research studies, anthropological and ethnographic studies that my team is involved in, will continue to provide links to a sizeable end-user pool which has highly specialised and diverse data collection and management needs.
I have professional links and ongoing collaborations with many major health NGOs including the WHO and MSF and my position as a senior academic at one of the world's highest ranking universities provides many opportunities to advocate and raise the profile of ODK among key actors in global health.
How many hours a week can you commit to participating on the TSC?
What other mobile data collection projects, social good projects, or open source projects are you involved with?
I lead the LSHTM Global Health Analytics Group, which is focussed on leveraging emerging technologies for public health benefit. All of our work is for public and social good. We are currently funded to develop electronic data collection and management systems for vaccine trials during health emergencies through a research grant from the UK Department for Health and Social Care and National Institute of Health Research
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