Training on Advanced Servers for ODK

Training, Personal development

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About the Course

ODK Aggregate is an open source Java application that stores, analyzes, and presents XForm survey data collected using ODK Collect , KoboCollect or other OpenRosa-compliant applications. It supports a wide range of data types, and is designed to work well in any hosting environment. ODK Aggregate can be hosted on your local or cloud server or by cloud providers such as DigitalOcean, and Amazon Web Services.

This training is aimed at equipping the participant with practical skills to install, deploy and manage ODK Aggregate for local and cloud servers.

Target Participants

This training is aimed at participants who want to build their skills to manage ODK Aggregate for local and cloud servers

Course duration

7 days

What you will learn 

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Plan for ODK Aggregate deployment
  • Install and deploy ODK Aggregate for localhost installation
  • Install and deploy ODK Aggregate for cloud server
  • Use and Manage ODK Aggregate
  • Create XLSForms for use with ODK Aggregate
  • Collect field data using ODK Collect/KoboToolbox

What you will learn

Course Outline

Overview of Mobile Data Collection

  • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Common mobile based data collection platforms
  • Data aggregation, storage, and dissemination
  • Understanding question types forming a questionnaire

Introduction to Open Data Kit (ODK)

  • Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • ODK Form
  • ODK Collect Application Interface
  • ODK Aggregate
  • ODK Manage
  • ODK platforms and formats

Planning ODK Aggregate Deployment

  • Component versions
  • Infrastructure architecture
  • Data locality
  • Data Security and Protection
  • Database systems

Local-Hosted instance of ODK Aggregate

  • Installing Java
  • Installing Tomcat on Windows/Linux/MacOS
  • Configuring server and network devices
  • Establishing a DNS name for the server

Hosting ODK Aggregate on Cloud(Using Digital Ocean)

  • Creating a DigitalOcean Account
  • Creating Droplet
  • Setting up Domain
  • Log into Aggregate
  • Server Security
  • Installing PostgreSQL
  • Installing ODK Aggregate

Using ODK Aggregate

  • Managing Forms in Aggregate
  • Working with Submitted Data in Aggregate
  • Administering Aggregate
  • Getting Data out of Aggregate
  • Visualizing Geographic Data

Designing and Creating form using XLS form

  • Introduction to XLSForm
  • Components of XLSForm
  • Question types
  • Form Logic, styling, language
  • Form operators and functions
  • Constraints & Skips
  • Form validation

Using ODK Collect/KoboToolbox for field data collection

  • Filling forms in ODK Collect/KoboToolbox
  • Managing forms in ODK Collect/KoboToolbox
  • Collecting different types of data
  • Advanced use and best practices
  • Submitting data to ODK aggregate

Training Approach

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Tailor-Made Course

We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more: [email protected]