Deployment of Open Data Kit for Information Management for Various Engineering Projects In Rural, Indonesia

Monishka Narayan, Kenneth Evans, Bijay Lamsal, Rozetta Thapa, Sarah Elizabeth Hobgen, Bronwyn Myers, Penelope Wurm, Penelope Bronwyn Godwin, Norman Riwu Kaho, Jenny Markus

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    Open data kit was used in an Engineering context as a data collection, storage and management tool for diverse data types from irrigation channels, weirs, saturated rice paddies and ephemeral stream catchments in the Eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. In the islands of West Timor and Flores, information was primarily used to report maintenance issues in the weir, primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary channels. In Sumba, data was recorded for flow velocity and elevation in saturated zones and sedimentation in an ephemeral stream. Information regarding physical characteristics from groundwater wells was also collected to assess drinking water quality. Smart phone data input forms were developed progressively using Open data kit Build, according to the specific needs of each research project. It was found to be a very user-friendly and effective tool to use in the Engineering context. The features of Open data kit Build allowed us to modify the various forms in remote locations. Developing multiple choice input focused forms made data collection easier for farmers and local government workers. It virtually eliminated the need for hardcopy data, and allowed for versatility with respect to the nature of the multidisciplinary research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Research Journal of Electronics and Computer Engineering
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2017


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