MobileActive08: Jørn Klungsøyr

In this interview Jørn Klungsøyr, who works as researcher and developer at the University of Bergen, demonstrates how their EpiHandy system allows setting up large-scale surveys at much lower costs than traditional surveys. He points out the importance of connecting workflow and forms by using mobile phones and explains how this was incorporated in the EpiHandy project.

Jørn Klungsøyr further talks about their recent collaboration with Makerere University in Uganda and with the open source project OpenRosa.

See also the earlier blog post on the EpiHandy project and our interview with Peter Wakholi.

This is the 9th interview from our MobileActive08 video podcast series, shot at the conference in Johannesburg (organized by MobileActive and sangonet).

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MobileActive08: Jørn Klungsøyr
was published on 09.01.2009 by Martin Tomitsch. It files under sub saharan africa
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Project: EpiHandy

Florian mentioned it before: We left to South Africa on Saturday late afternoon and took the plane to Johannesburg via Munich. Everything was fine, we arrived without problems. We were picked up from the airport and on the way to our hotel we got a first glimpse of Johannesburg. We visited the Rosenberg Mall and had delicious lunch.

Then we went to Melville, a very hip area in town, where we attendet the infomal meetup of MobileActive08 participants. It was great and we met a lot of people like Peter, Marc and Joern working on some mobile framework at the University of Kampala, Uganda. The project is called EpiHandy, and it is

a new cutting edge solution that  revolutionizes the way in which surveys and data collection is done in health and development research. It eliminates bulky paper questionnaires and subsequent data entry as well as costly errors related to manual data entry and lack of validation of data at time of collection. [Snip taken from here]

It is basicly a mix up of different technologies like .NET and Java ME and they support basic form handling and data transmission of the forms. The next step is to incorporate a workflow engine to support complex flows and forms depending on each other. They got massive funding and they team up with the University of Bergen, Norway. They are planning to invest 40 manyears of labour in the next 4 years. Good luck!

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Project: EpiHandy
was published on 13.10.2008 by Martin Konzett. It files under sub saharan africa
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