Yaw Anokwa (@yanokwa)
What contributions (e.g., issue triage, tech support, documentation, bug fixes) have you made to the ODK community?
I helped to start ODK and, over the last nine years, I have contributed code to most of the core tools and specifications. I maintain much of the infrastructure the community runs on and I provide a lot of technical support to the broader community on that infrastructure.
More recently, Nafundi (a company I run with Hélène Martin) has committed most of its organizational resources into building a healthier community around ODK. I believe the successful migration to the forum, launch of the docs website, frequent updates of tools, and rapid growth in the community are partly due to that commitment.
How do you believe your contributions have benefited ODK?
I believe my early contributions helped to establish ODK as a standard for data collection. I believe my recent contributions have helped to grow a community of contributors. I am optimistic that our community of contributors will keep ODK an ongoing and useful public good.
What do you believe the top priorities for ODK are?
There are a long list of features that the community needs (e.g., form updates, mapping, APIs) and properties that the community finds important (e.g., offline, easy-to-deploy, robust, standards-compliant). The challenge is how we ship these features quickly and safely, while keeping the properties the community finds important.
This is a structural challenge that I believe the TSC can address by building a road map, committing to a schedule, fixing known serious bugs, making all the tools contributable, and developing more contributors, etc. I believe these should be the top priorities."
How will you help the ODK community accomplish those priorities?
I will bring my experience designing, building, deploying, and supporting ODK tools to inform technical direction. I will ensure the team at Nafundi takes on and fixes known serious bugs quickly. I will advocate for and implement processes that empower others to grow and become technical leaders on ODK. I will recruit contributors who can help ODK remain relevant to our users.
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 contribute to all sorts of open source projects, but the vast majority of my time working on data collection or social good is spent on ODK deployments and customizations. Much of this work is contributed back to the core and community.
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