[KoBo Users] KoboCollect/KoboSync vs droidSURVEY

I created a form with kobo form copied it to my android filled the form but it but am not able to aggregate it to my app account it takes so long and does not upload IV also tried sync but I don't get the form the way it should be maybe am not creating questions the way they should be please help.

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Neil Hendrick <neil.h...@kobotoolbox.org> wrote:

Greetings Max,

It has been done using ODK Aggregate
<http://opendatakit.org/use/aggregate/>for the server side. Aggregate
will export CSV files after upload.

Is it easy to set up and reliable? While we are big supporters of the Open
Data Kit community and a big believer in their tools, I don't think that
Aggregate is all that easy to set up. As we say, "It's easy if you know
how." And while older versions of Aggregate were a little wonky, the newest
version is pretty stable. You have to watch out for large scale deployments
because hosting Aggregate can incur charges on the Google App Engine
platform.

The cheapest and easiest way to aggregate is to use KoBoSync or another
offline aggregation tool. If it is important that you sync your data to a
server (for example, your enumerators are geographically spread out) then
there are other solutions. We use an Android DropBox client called
"DropSync<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ttxapps.dropsync>"
that syncs your completed data to a DropBox account in the background.

We would be very interested to hear more about your ideas on a PHP/Ruby
solution for aggregation.

thanks for you excellent questions and ideas,

~Neil

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM, DataMax <maxth...@gmail.com> wrote:

Greetings everyone!
Just curious...
Has anyone tried using the Kobo tools to do a survey out in the field on
numerous Android phones WITH sim cards AND then upload the results to a WEB
SERVER running some sort of aggregator in order to generate an SPSS or csv
data file??
Is it RELIABLE & easy to set up?

Also, how come no one has written a PHP server script that would do the
aggregating since Java servlet hosting is EXPENSIVE compared to CHEAP
shared Linux hosting where PHP5 and Ruby are already included?

Thanks!

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Hi Neil,
Thanks for the reply! Well, what got me thinking about a PHP implementation was this text I saw on the Aggregate link:
**Looking for other servers? Try ODK Briefcase (for local offline storage), FormHub (for free data hosting on the cloud), DataHQ (like Aggregate but in Python), RapidSMS (for SMS integration) or OpenMRS (for medical records). **

Essentially, the Python code can be translated into PHP (or Ruby) – if a coder was comfortable in both languages. So, since it’s been done in Python, a PHP version shouldn’t be that much of a challenge. Java servlet hosting is very expensive because of the memory footprint. :slight_smile: But PHP is available everywhere – even on $3 per month Linux hosting plans. :slight_smile:
Thanks for the other tips!! :slight_smile:

Max

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On Friday, March 30, 2012 12:49:23 AM UTC+3, Liz Samuels, wrote:

I created a form with kobo form copied it to my android filled the form but it but am not able to aggregate it to my app account it takes so long and does not upload IV also tried sync but I don’t get the form the way it should be maybe am not creating questions the way they should be please help.
Neil Hendrick wrote:

Greetings Max,

It has been done using ODK Aggregate
<http://opendatakit.org/use/aggregate/>for the server side. Aggregate
will export CSV files after upload.

Is it easy to set up and reliable? While we are big supporters of the Open
Data Kit community and a big believer in their tools, I don’t think that
Aggregate is all that easy to set up. As we say, “It’s easy if you know
how.” And while older versions of Aggregate were a little wonky, the newest
version is pretty stable. You have to watch out for large scale deployments
because hosting Aggregate can incur charges on the Google App Engine
platform.

The cheapest and easiest way to aggregate is to use KoBoSync or another
offline aggregation tool. If it is important that you sync your data to a
server (for example, your enumerators are geographically spread out) then
there are other solutions. We use an Android DropBox client called
“DropSync<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ttxapps.dropsync>”
that syncs your completed data to a DropBox account in the background.

We would be very interested to hear more about your ideas on a PHP/Ruby
solution for aggregation.

thanks for you excellent questions and ideas,

~Neil

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM, DataMax wrote:

Greetings everyone!
Just curious…
Has anyone tried using the Kobo tools to do a survey out in the field on
numerous Android phones WITH sim cards AND then upload the results to a WEB
SERVER running some sort of aggregator in order to generate an SPSS or csv
data file??
Is it RELIABLE & easy to set up?

Also, how come no one has written a PHP server script that would do the
aggregating since Java servlet hosting is EXPENSIVE compared to CHEAP
shared Linux hosting where PHP5 and Ruby are already included?

Thanks!