Training Course in Advanced Servers for ODK (Local and Cloud Installation)

Start Date: November 15, 2021

End Date: November 19, 2021

Starts in: -19 Days

Event Location: Nairobi

Training Fees: USD 1,276.00

Other Dates: January 18, 2021, February 15, 2021, March 8, 2021, April 19, 2021, May 17, 2021, June 14, 2021, July 19, 2021, August 16, 2021, September 13, 2021, October 18, 2021, November 15, 2021, December 20, 2021

See Future Events: Data Science and Analytics, Mobile Data Collection, Data Analysis, Data Science, QGIS, ODK, ODK-X


Course Details

ODK or Open Data Kit is a set of free and open-source tools that are used for field data collection using android mobile phones (Devices) and allows data submission to an online or cloud server. The ODK – Open Data Kit ecosystem includes the following components: ODK Collect, ODK Build, XLSForm, ODK Aggregate and ODK Manage as the major components. Other tools in the ODK ecosystem include ODK Briefcase, ODK Aggregate VM, ODK XLSForm Converter, ODK Validate, GEOODK, ODK Scanner, ODK Printers and the ODK Sensor Framework.

The other tools that were inspired by the ODK ecosystem include but not limited to: Kobo tool box which is also free and open source, and Survey CTO which have a free trial period and a premium version with added functionalities and unlimited survey data storage capacity.

Other commonly used mobile data collection tools include CSPro for android (CS Entry), Magpi (Regular data collection and also supports SMS data Collection), fulcrum, mobenzi, visitbasis, dimagi, zapier amongst many others.

This training course will focus on the popularly used free and open source tools for mobile data collection but will also give a mention to the other mobile data collection tools available.

If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage, visualize and analyze project field data using mobile phones and devices, this training course is for you.


ODK Aggregate can be deployed to any local or cloud server that runs Tomcat, Java8 and PostgreSQL(MySQL is supported too). The cloud platfroms used are:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • DigitalOcean
  • Google Cloud Platform

Apart from these platforms, a fully set-up virtual machine that can be run in nearly any environment is also available.

If you are a highly-technical user, you can also try using:

  • A Docker image
  • A Docker Compose setup

Previous versions of Aggregate (v1.x) can be deployed in Google App Engine, but we strongly recommend deploying Aggregate v2.x using any of the guides above. You can also go without Aggregate altogether and use ODK Briefcase.

DigitalOcean and Amazon Web Services both require internet access. If you don’t have consistent internet access, ODK Briefcase may be more appropriate. Tomcat deployments can operate without internet access. In such an environment, Collect would only be able to upload finalized forms after it connects to the network containing the Tomcat deployment.

This course is suitable for people working in:

Impact Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Academic Research, Market Research, Field Research, Agriculture, Health, Education, WASH, Handicapped, Human rights, Emergencies/disasters, Advocacy, Education, Environment, Small business development, Community development, Rural development, Women, Youth, Population, Rehabilitation, Culture, Capacity Building, Appropriate technology, Income, generation, Private sector, Refugees/displaced.

Who should attend?

This course is for advanced ODK users. The course will focus on the various options available for setting up ODK Aggregate based survey data hosting platforms.

Participants are expected to have prior knowledge in ODK Collect and Survey authoring using xlsforms or to have attended our course on Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK.


Participants are expected to have prior knowledge in ODK Collect and Survey authoring using xlsforms or to have attended our course on Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK.


5 Days

Course Objectives

The course will focus on the various options available for setting up ODK Aggregate based survey data hosting platforms.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Host survey data using ODK Briefcase as a server.
  • Setup ODK Aggregate locally on Tomcat for Linux.
  • Setup ODK Aggregate locally on Tomcat for Windows.
  • Setup ODK Aggregate on Google’s App Engine.
  • Extract and publish data to external applications.

Course contents

  • ODK refresher.
  • How to use ODK Briefcase as a server without having to install ODK Aggregate.
  • Setup and Installation of ODK Aggregate on App Engine (cloud).
  • ODK Aggregate Local server setup.
    • Installing on Tomcat for Linux.
    • Installing on Tomcat for Windows.
  • Publishing data to maps, Google Spreadsheets, Fusion Tables and external applications.
  • Extracting/Exporting data from ODK Aggregate.
  • Billing for App Engine installation.
  • Configurations for Network Access.
    • Server firewall configuration.
    • Making server visible on the internet (optional).
    • Establishing a DNS name for the server.
  • Server Security


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


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

Training venue

The training is residential and will be held at T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fees cover the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


We can also tailor-make our courses for you. This way, you/your organization will benefit by:

  • Using own tools during the training
  • Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on
  • Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice
  • Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation

For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +254 706909947


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Number: +254 706909947

Training fee

The course fee is KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.


Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development – T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]

Cancellation policy

Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.



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