mobile data capture

Group Complete

Posted by radicaldynamic on Apr 06, 2011
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Main Contact: 
Matt Adams
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Whether in the developing world or the business sector, the majority of mobile data collection efforts parallel the processes set down by their largely paper-based predecessors. In traditional data collection systems information is collected from a variety of sources, funnelled to a single point and eventually compiled, sorted and (hopefully) acted upon. In many cases this workflow meets the basic needs of data consumers and in some cases is preferable.

Let's consider some of the challenges posed by traditional one-way data collection systems.

  • The people performing data collection (usually referred to as "mobile workers") don't have access to the wealth of raw information available to data consumers. This makes mobile workers outsiders to the big picture and lessens their potential contributions to the overall data collection effort.
  • Solutions pull collected data into a black hole: once it's submitted there's very little the mobile worker can do to access it for review or to make corrections.
  • Implementations often force knowledgeable team members to work in a void. If data cannot be easily and seamlessly shared between team members collaborative efforts will be impeded and their overall effectiveness reduced.
  • When team members cannot "see" what others in the group are doing, the chances of double-entry and redundant information are all the more likely.
  • When aggregated data finally returns to mobile workers it is often severely outdated.
  • Solutions are not really mobile if they require workers to access desktops or laptops to complete tasks essential to the data collection process. This is also true if the tools make it impossible to take pertinent portions of the data set with them for online & offline use.
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Brief Description: 

Group Complete has coupled the power and open architecture of Open Data Kit and XForms standards with CouchDB to provide a mobile and real-time collaborative data collection platform.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
App resides and runs on a server
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 
  • Share collected data between mobile team members and data consumers in real-time
  • Allow team members to collaborate on data entry and review collected data, regardless of their locations
  • Reduce double entry, increase team cooperation and still employ more traditional workflows when needed
  • Perform all of the major functions of data collection on a smartphone (form building, data entry & export)
  • Use Group Complete Mobile to work offline
  • Integrate with Open Data Kit and XForms workflows
Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Location-Specific Services and GIS
Mobile Social Network/Peer-to-peer
Information Resources/Information Databases
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
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Languages supported: 
English (multi-lingual capable)
Handsets/devices supported: 
All versions of Android 2.2, 2.3 and 3.x supported. Support for Android 2.1 coming soon.
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