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11 Oct 2018 - Release Notes

A customer reported an issue they encountered when trying to download the dataset records to a CSV. The CSV would show all records from the dataset crammed into a single row, rather than dedicating one row for each record. The root cause was quickly identified and a fix was deployed, and this issue is no longer occu... Continue reading

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Secure Data Kit - Data Governance

All communications with SDK servers are encrypted

We encrypt via TSL all communications between client and server and between our own systems.

Data are encrypted at rest

Our database instances leverage “encryption at rest” which essentially means the data are encrypted at the server level ... Continue reading

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Embed R functionality in your website or application

About a year ago, we rolled out a major overhaul to Secure Data Kit’s reporting system. You can read the link for all the cool stuff we did but it included things like making data exportable, integrations with... Continue reading

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28 September 2018 Release Notes - New Language Support + Bug Fixes

The SDK2 mobile app (available on Android and iPhone) is now sporting new language support - Spanish! SDK2 has always supported forms in multiple languages, the the app itself was only available in English. Now the app can be used in Spanish as well. If you'd like to use SDK2 in Spanish, please contact us by adding ... Continue reading

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21 August 2018 Release Notes - Improved Support for Repeaters + General Bug Fixes

This release focuses on improving our support of 'repeaters' in forms, and some general bug fixes. Improved Support for Repeaters

  • If a form contains repeaters, SDK now automatically creates datasets for each repeater and displays them in your SDK project underneath their parent form.Continue reading

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24 May 2018 Release Notes - Send user invitations in bulk

SDK's latest updates include new user invitation functionality which will allow project administrators to invite users in bulk! In the user invite section of your project, click 'Bulk Add Users.' ... Continue reading

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27 April 2018 Release Notes - View only user role

Today we released a new role in SDK: View Only. This new role allows organization admins to invite individuals to a project that can view all the data, without permissions to download or edit data. To invite someone to a project with view only permissions, click the checkbox next to 'User can view data' when inv... Continue reading

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Secure Data Kit provides Health Data Management in Fifty Countries

We started Secure Data Kit with humble intentions; we knew that Open Data Kit, an open-source suite of tools built to help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection, had gaps in its offering. More importantly, we knew we could do more than just fill in the gaps Open Data Kit had, improving our o... Continue reading

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SDK + S3 Optimization: Moving file uploads to background workers

Building an app that is used around the globe and in locations with slow internet speeds resulted in some logic being built out to protect ourselves from data loss in SDK. Although we have done our best to make sure each submission saves without issue, it’s always good to have backups in case something goes awry. Th... Continue reading

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SDK Reporting: Calculate and share without lifting a finger

Late in 2017 we rolled out a revamped Secure Data Kit that we’re calling...wait for it….SDK 2! We’re geniuses, right? Part of that rollout was a big upgrade to SDK Reporting. The first iteration of Secure Data Kit was all about collecting and organizing data. We made it easy to get data into SDK via mobile, SMS, A... Continue reading

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The People You Need On Your Data Team

If you want your project to be successful, you will need good people on your team. Happy, hard-working experts. Your team will need skills across two dimensions. They should be specialists in their role and they should be a pleasure to work with. More projects have been scuttled by interpersonal issues than by a lac... Continue reading

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18th Neglected Tropical Disease -- Chromomycosis

This past week the World Health Organization agreed to class the disease chromomycosis as a Continue reading

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Authoring an XLSForm to Create a Basic Survey

There are countless ways to develop a survey, but none as comprehensive as the XLSForm. XLSForms are easy to author, and can be as simple or complex as needed to meet your goals. There are two ways to author an XLSForm:

  1. Send your survey questions in any format t... Continue reading

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How to Train Like the CDC

The CDC through AFENET runs a program called START Kenya. START Kenya provides on-the-job training and mentoring to sub-county and health facility immunization staff to improve program planning, monitoring, and supportive supervision. The START Kenya program uses LINKS System to track the activities of the mentor... Continue reading

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LINKS System is now a part of SDK

Standard Code's product Secure Data Kit adopted LINKS System this week. Standard Code has worked closely with the NTD Support Center in the development of LINKS System and is excited about having more control over its development to better meet the needs of the Global Health community. You can read more about the an... Continue reading

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Making A Plan Before Collecting Data

Do you want to make life better for someone who is suffering? Maybe you want to reduce the burden of Malaria in Eastern Kenya or protect mothers from gender-based violence in the Central African Republic. Before you start collecting data, ask yourself what do you hope to achieve. What is the goal of your project? ... Continue reading

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