nokia data gathering

Nokia Data Gathering is Now Open Source

Posted by PrabhasPokharel on Aug 10, 2010

Nokia Data Gathering, a Nokia-built software tool for mobile data collection, recently open-sourced its code. The software has two parts: a server-side tool that can be used to create forms and maintain a database, and a handset client for field workers to use for mobile, in-the-field data collection. Both pieces are licensed under the GPL version 2. The project site is available at Forum Nokia, and invites third-party patches.

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Nokia Data Gathering

Posted by PrabhasPokharel on Aug 09, 2010
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Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Sanna Eskelinen
Problem or Need: 

Mobile phones are great data collection tools because they are highly portable devices with the ability to connect to a network for transferring data. When they include GPS devices and cameras, they are also a way to provide digital data in the form of pictures and location of data collection that can be a helpful addition to the data.

Nokia Data Gathering addresses the need of a simple-to-use data gathering platform that is integrated with server side software. The handset client can run on Nokia E61, E61i, E63, E71 and E72 handsets. Nokia Data Gathering code was recently changed to an open source license.



Main Contact Email : 
Brief Description: 

Nokia Data Gathering provides two pieces of software:

  • Server-side software that lets users create surveys that can be sent to the mobile phones.
  • Mobile phone software that can download the exact surveys, allow data collectors to fill them out, and send back to the server where the surveys were created. The survey responses can include camera and GPS data when available.
  • Servier-side software to analyze the data that comes back in from mobile phones, and GUIs (graphical user interfaces) to manage devices, survey creation, as well as data analysis.
Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 

The survey creator offers:

  • The editor panel in the server enables the creation of questionnaires. The editor enables the following types of question responses: numeric, date, multiple choice (choose one or more), exclusive choice (choose only one), image and free text.
  • Creating trigger questions is supported as well. For example, if a respondent is asked whether they own a car, a positive response may trigger further questions asking them what type of car, whether it is insured and so on. A negative reply will skip these questions to save time. When a questionnaire has been finalized, it can be sent to the field personnel (read more from the Mobile Phone module section).

The handset application offers:

  • Use of data network for transmission. The data network can range from GPRS to Wi-Fi, and collected data is stored on a memory card in the phone before transfer. Memory card data can also be transferred by uploading the data from a PC or even by mailing the memory card itself.
  • The Mobile Phone Module runs Java Micro Edition (Java ME), which means it can be ported to any mobile phone that runs Java. However, the software is optimized for the Nokia E61, E63, E71, and E72 phones.
  • When available, the application incorporates GPS data. The camera can also be utilized when a survey field response-type is an Image.

Other features include:

  • Data transfer between client and server is encrypted.



Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Location-Specific Services and GIS
Stand-alone Application
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Program/Code Language: 
Organizations Using the Tool: 

Amazonas State Health Department and Health Vigilance Foundation (Brazil), Foundation human nature (Ecuador), Department of Agriculture and WWF (Phillippines), CMI (Crisis Management Initiative) (Liberia), World Vision Indonesia.


Support Forums:
Languages supported: 
English, Spanish, Portugese (on Server), Any language supported by Mobile Handset.
Handsets/devices supported: 
E61, E61i, E63, E71, E72, possibly other J2ME based devices.
Is the Tool's Code Available?: 
URL for license:
Is an API available to interface with your tool?: 

Mobile Apps for Data Collection Update: FrontlineSMS Forms and Nokia Data Gathering

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Mar 10, 2009

We recently compared the many mobile apps out there for using mobile phones for data collection and surveying - one of the promising areas in which social researchers and NGOs are using mobiles.

Here is an updated version of our overview that includes the newly-released FrontlineSMS forms client, and Nokia Data Gathering, a mobile data collection tool designed for social researchers and NGOs. Here is the summary:


The FrontlineSMS forms client was released last week. It adds basic data collection functionality to the SMS messaging tool. The forms client is a Java application, with all data transfer done via SMS.  The workflow for FrontlineSMS forms is as follows: