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ODK (software)

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Developer(s)Get ODK
Written inJava, JavaScript, Python
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeData collection, Mobile forms
LicenseApache 2

ODK is an open-source mobile data collection platform.[1] It enables users to fill out forms offline and send form data to a server when a connection is found. Once on the server, the data can be viewed, downloaded, and acted upon.

ODK is primarily used by organizations working in humanitarian aid and global development. Notable users include World Health Organization,[2] International Red Cross and Red Crescent,[3] and Carter Center.[4] ODK has been recognized by the Digital Public Goods Alliance as a digital public good.[5]



ODK (formerly called Open Data Kit) was founded in 2008 by Gaetano Borriello, Yaw Anokwa, Waylon Brunette, and Carl Hartung. It was designed to be an extensible, open-source suite to build information services for developing regions.[6]


  1. ^ "Home". getodk.org.
  2. ^ "WHO supports accelerated response efforts for contact tracing in Somalia as cases surge".
  3. ^ "Supporting Open Data Kit".
  4. ^ "Home". getnemo.org.
  5. ^ "Registry » Digital Public Goods Alliance".
  6. ^ Hartung et al. (2010) Open Data Kit: Tools to Build Information Services for Developing Regions http://anokwa.com/publications/2010_ICTD_OpenDataKit_Paper.pdf