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Mobile GIS and Mapping using ODK and Kobo Toolbox Training

November 7, 2022 @ 11:00 AM – November 11, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
Online and Face-to-Face (Nairobi)
Steve Njenga

This course aims at providing a complete field to office mobile mapping workflow to the participants. Participants shall use their mobile devices (Mobile Phones and GPS) to collect data, load the data into GIS and create maps from data collected. The course will enable the participants to also edit existing databases in the field and creating new data using field data collection techniques (Kobo and ODK).

• General Introduction to Mobile Data gathering
• Data and types of Data
• Introduction to ODK collect and Kobo Collect
• Data aggregation, storage and dissemination using ODK and Kobo Collect
• Types of questions
Preparing the mobile phone for data collection
• Installing applications: ODK Collect
• Configuring the device (Mobile Phones)
• Uploading the form into the mobile devices
(Hands-on Exercise)
Basic Survey Authoring
Intermediate Survey Authoring
Advanced Survey Authoring
• Conditional Survey Branching
• Grouping questions
• Making dynamic calculations
MODULE III: Hosting and Exporting survey data (Online)
Introduction to the server side component of ODK
• ODK Aggregate
• Kobo Toolbox
Hosting Survey Data (Configuring a local server)
• Configuring ODK Aggregate on a local server
• Ona account registration
Downloading data
• Manual download (ODK Briefcase)
• Using the online server interface (
Hands-on Exercise (Practical with a sample questionnaire)
ODK and GIS data conversion
Exporting data to Fusion tables using
Hand-on Exercise
Course Summary
Discussion on the Choice of Platform
Considerations for Integrating Mobile Data Gathering Tools into the Project

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