Introduce yourself here!

Bonjour, nous sommes le Centre de Recherche Médical de Lambaréné, sis au sein de l'hôpital Albert SCHWEITZER. Nous utilisons ODK pour la collecte des données sanitaires dans le cadre de nos recherches ou dans le cadre des études de nos stagiaires.


Hi all,

I'm Franziska from Berlin/Germany. I work there as a researcher in a community health center.
I first used ODK for a neighbourhood survey, where some interviewers visited households and collected data using a tablet. Now we use the forms for documentation, e.g. for social or psychological or health counselling.

You can learn more about the community health center here (english translation will come in fall)


Hola gente.....!!!!

Un gusto ingresar a esta comunidad tan interesante.

Conocí ODK cuando en mi trabajo necesitábamos una app que nos permitiera personaliza la recolección de información sobre el arbolado público (geoposicionamiento, fotos, altura, estado de salud, etc.) y que luego nos permitiera unificar lo que ingresaba cada uno de los 10 censista y compartirlo en un servicio de almacenamiento en la nube.

Lo que encontramos fue tan adaptable e interesante, que seguimos usando esta app con varios trabajos más.

Por ahora, estoy en etapa de aprendizaje, así es que pediré más de lo que ofreceré. Espero que mis conocimientos sobre ODK avancen y algún día colaboren con la comunidad.

Muchas gracias....!!!.-



I am Sam Glasby from Boise, ID, USA.

I am with MyHomes Community Living,
a nonprofit which aids independent living, via providing documentation support for healthcare / support workers of diverse kinds.

We have made use of a variety of other systems, including form-builders and web-survey platforms. Each focuses on different aspects (usually upon UI), and these largely lacked much attention to the data infrastructure.

So, finding ODK was a very welcome thing, as the general structure is much more in line with what we are trying to accomplish! We are investigating what will be needed to move our efforts entirely to ODK, and to find out how best to use the system -- and where our needs will require something extra.

  • I am specifically interested in talking in-depth with people experienced in getting the most out of ODK. Possibly, to conference and go over specific questions.

  • I am also specifically interested in hearing from anyone with experience in extending the ODK system, as we anticipate needing to customize things towards our needs. We are budgeting for some initial consultation as we refine our plan, and later to assemble a development team, depending on the size and scope of changes.

In particular, there are some front-end / UI aspects which we anticipate will need customization. (Though it is possible that some might imply changes in other layers.) For example,

  • Ability to indicate (presumably in XLSForm) that a text field should offer an appearance for multi-line text. (I am given to understand that some ODK-baesd 3rd-party commercial systems have implemented such, but this is not in the core?)

  • Ability to have somewhat more control over presentation (in Collect or Enketo or the like), such as displaying 2, 3, or 4 elements in one horizontal row. (I am given to understand that a "grid" type display can be achieved for some field types, which is also of interest.)

  • Ability to specify a widget combining certain aspects possible currently with (integer) and (range):

    • allows direct entry of a numeric value +
    • has min/max values with validation message +
    • has UI for "increment" and "decrement", such as +/- buttons.
      (Alas, "integer" lacks some of these, while "range" only has an appearance for various sliders, and neither of these offers increment/decrement.)
  • (Presumably back-end) Ability to do bulk data import, from a CSV or the like. (I am given to understand that the previous components "Aggregate" + "Briefcase" offered this, but the current components do not?)

...and my notes continue, but this is already beyond "brief".

Excited to be here!


Hi everyone,
I'm Cédric from Southern France, in the Pyrénées. I work for an association wich collects datas from nature (fauna/flora) observations including with ODK.
I am grateful to join this community.


Hi everyone

I am Rahul Sharma. I working in with Research organisation.

I just start working in ODK software.

Please tell me more about the ODK software. How to prepare program and logical check in ODK.

Looking for forward for your support and guidance in ODK.

Thanks & regards,

Rahul Sharma


Hello everyone,

My name is Samwel from Tanzania. I am working at Ifakara Health Institute as a Data officer for the Tools for Integrated management of childhood illness (TIMCI) project in Tanzania. I joined the ODK forum back in 2020 when I was a undergraduate student starting out with ODK. I have never really been active to the community, hope from today onward I will be able to share and learn greatly from you all. I have somewhat good experience with ODK, used it in various projects at IHI. Currently working on the TIMCI project with @Thalie I have had the opportunity to learn a diverse functionalities from the ODK central and how it can be tailored for large scale intervention trials. I look forward to contributing to the betterment of the community.

kudos to the ODK team and everyone



I am Eric Quinton, I live in France. My job is to manage data for a research unit.

I wrote a lot of software, mainly in PHP, including Collec-Science (, which allows to manage scientific samples.

ODK is the magic tool to facilitate the work of technicians and researchers: for most research projects, writing a data entry application is not necessary, and ODK comes at the right time to facilitate the collection work.

I am currently working on a tool to feed our databases from those retrieved from ODK Collect, in PHP (


Hi everyone!

I am called Daphine K currently based in Uganda. I occasionally used ODK in my research work, but I will now use it more frequently for my PhD work going forward. I am thus pretty new especially on matters building forms. Happy to be here!


Thanks alot for the great work and always helping out on the plaform. Ever since i learnt about ODK in 2013 when i was doing internship for my undergrad.Your messages and responses to most issues has always come in handy.I see you haven't been to Uganda.Just get some time and visit us Nyama ya mbuzi is on me.


Hi, I'm Emmanuel you can find me online as Emmanuel Nkurunziza,my professional background is in software engineering industry but currently working mostly in Data and visualization environment . I am based in Uganda.Working with NGO's and other sectors, providing support in building data collection tools using ODK and configuration of ODK aggregate server.
I started using ODK officially on a big study about cervical cancer in 2015.Since then i have supported more than 30 studies using the same platform of ODK. I'm very passionate about health.Case in point,ODK has provided me with experience in certain areas of health such as Disease out breaks surveillance and response e.g Ebola, yellow fever, and COVID 19. Infection, prevention and control, Non Communicable Diseases and Water and Sanitation Hygiene( WASH).
Besides ODK ,I am also a GIS specialist .
I love God,soccer and I support Liverpool.
Fun fact: My name Nkurunziza cuts across three countries,Uganda ,Rwanda and Burundi.On introduction, many people are always quick to ask whether i come from Rwanda or Burundi forgetting that even in Uganda we have such names.

I am really grateful to be part of this community.Big up to the team.


I am from Pakistan and based in Islamabad. I started my job career with Textile Industry in Inventory Management, I have degree in Computer Science. Having 10 years of experience in various Textile Industries. Joined UN-Habitat Pakistan in 2008 Earthquake rehabilitation program. Then In 2010 joined IOM Pakistan as Shelter Cluster IM in Flood Response at provincial level, later at National level in Islamabad. In 2017 Joined OTI funded FATA Secretariat program. Currently working with IOM Pakistan in Information Management.

My duty is to develop data collection forms/surveys using different tools like ODK, Kobo, MS forms for M&E and assessments and further to do their analysis.


Hello world, I'm Marcellin Wabo - now based in DR Congo :congo_kinshasa: .

I love how simple things but nicely crafted solve such complex problems, like a software usually does.

My first contact with ODK was really recent (2021), a local M&E researcher wanted a custom data collection solution, and after investigating I felt that ODK was already more than complete in terms of its specifications. I had then made a demo backed by both ODK central and collect to demonstrate the feasibility.

I spend most of my time building and coding software to simplify my clients' lives. I learn a lot from the open source communities (like this one) and willingly adhere to them to become a better software engineer every day - and contribute once I am able to.

When I'm not coding I'm playing pool or traveling or reading - that's my way.

My twitter is @marcwabo.


Hi ODK Community,

We are Arqaam, a social enterprise with its origin in Hamburg, Germany. However, the team members are distributed globally! Our journey with ODK began with our founder, who has been using XLSForms for over a decade for projects in the developmental sector.

We use ODK for all our projects as we are champions of digital data collection. Projects that we are involved in include: Digitizing M&E efforts, SME support, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), empowerment for vulnerable groups, context monitoring, among many more.

Fun fact about Arqaam is that it has been a remote first company since its inception in 2017!

We can be reached via various means. Firstly is our email: , Twitter @arqaamdata and LinkedIn


Hello Everyone,

I am a full stack web developer from Nigeria and was introduced to to ODK by a GIS expert that works with organizations that collect data. So at the moment I an trying to understand the whole flow and I must say its a piece of amazing software and I cannot wait to learn more on it and see how much I can do with it!


Hello, I am Taye Ademusire from Nigeria, where I am equally pursuing my Master's degree in Demography and social statistics. Currently, am a freelance data Analyst and provide guidance on social research.

Am very happy and excited to be joining this forum. I look forward to a fun learning time even as i contribute my own quota in discussions within my domain.

Thank you for having me.


Hello everyone, I am Derrick Demeveng from Cameroon. :cameroon:

I am a GIS analyst and python developer. I support WHO in the African region on disease surveillance and can testify that ODK is a game changer in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology.

I am happy to be here and looking forward to learn from this amazing community.



Hello everyone,
I'm Opare Addo, based in :ghana: Ghana, West Africa.
I'm working with the Ghana Education Service (GES) as ICT Officer and was introduced to ODK by a team of GES staff from the headquarters. I'm currently being trained on how to create and deploy ODK forms.

In my off time, I read and sing :heart_eyes:
I'm open to anyone who would like to teach me more or want us to collaborate and work on projects.

Thank you / Merci


Hello, I am Emmanuel Quainoo and I recently moved to Muncie, Indiana. I got to know about ODK back in Ghana, when a friend introduced it to me. I have since been using it for projects and have been able to collect millions of data about injuries, emergency care and so on in Ghana. I have always been keeping track of the updates and incorporating them in my forms. I have always wanted to be able to help develop it to take it even further. I like to code sometimes in Javascript and PHP. You can follow me on github at Let's have fun!!


Hi all - I'm Dave Mills, a UK-based data engineer and web developer working for a non-profit group called Statistics for Sustainable Development (Stats4SD). I've been using ODK since around 2013, and it's our group's preferred tool for all mobile digital data collection. So it's only taken me 9 years to get here and introduce myself! Very happy to finally be here :slight_smile:

I work mainly on web-based data platforms, often linking up data collected via ODK to various other tools (databases, R servers for data processing, dashboards etc). I use Laravel / PHP, VueJS, tinker in R and can write basic automation scripts in Python, but have never deliberately installed Pandas.

I'm on github as dave-mills, and tweet about once a myrad @dave-in-motion.