Magpi rated #1 mobile data collection app

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Sep 17, 2014 · 2 min read

Mobile data collection is become more and more popular nowadays, and everyone at Magpi was thrilled this past week to learn that Magpi was just rated the #1 mobile data collection app by Kopernik, an Indonesia-based organization, at their “Impact Tracker Tech” site.

The new site, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, aims to establish “a central marketplace at which organizations can access ICT-based tools and come to understand their pros and cons as well as their applications to specific needs.” They look at tools in the categories of digital data collection apps, SMS communications platforms, geospatial mapping tools, and remote sensors.

What’s remarkable about the site is that this is the first such rating system we’re aware of that dares to offer a real opinion: while there have been many lists made of technology tools useful for international development, Kopernik puts themselves on the line with clear opinions as to which apps are better and why.

And we were very happy to see that Magpi scored highest in the “digital data collection” category along every parameter: usability, affordability, rapidity, scalability, and transferability.

They also try to cut through the technical jargon that obscures real understanding of these technical systems. Here’s an example:

That’s the single most useful paragraph we’ve read all year on the topic.

The only quibble we have is that after singing our praises, they say Magpi is “to be used by organizations with limited IT and financial resources.”

Well, sure, Magpi is an option for those with limited resources, but many large organizations also want to save time and money! Our users include most of the largest foreign aid contractors, and some of the smallest non-profits, and what they share in common is a desire to collect much-needed data and to do so in the most time-efficient and cost-effective way — and that’s just what Magpi lets them do.


Originally published at Magpi.

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Magpi Mobile Data Collection

Articles about mobile data collection, remote data collection, and SMS tools and their use in the field from Magpi – the first web-based system for mobile data collection in international development, global health, and many other uses.