The NOMAD project links aid organizations with the latest information management tools to more easily collect, analyse and manage data. NOMAD has developed an Online Selection Assistant to connect your organization or project with one of 31 mobile data collection solutions.

NOMAD also includes a secondment service comprised of experienced field personnel who are ready to deploy to train your organization how to use mobile data collection technology or to support in the collection of such data.

From 31 tried and tested mobile data collection tools with various advantages and technical specs, the Selection Assistant custom fits to users’ needs by asking a series of questions, e.g. Are you conducting a one-off or reoccurring assessment? How technically inclined are the staff using these tools? How do you want to visualise the data? At the end of the survey, the best options are indicated along with a summary report that explains how and why the options provided to you are best.

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UNHCR call for expression of interest for a Mobile Data Collection project

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The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) have released a call for expression of interest for a Mobile Data Collection (MDC) project with the Public Health Section, covering support to the roll out of MDC in various countries in the thematic areas of nutrition, WASH and vaccinations over the year 2014. Interested partners can respond through a simple concept note as an expression of interest. The closing date for the expression of interest is the 30th November 2013 and applications should be sent to HQPHN@unhcr.org.


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Workshop 2013 results & survey

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For two and a half days from May 15th – 17th the French Space Agency Headquarters in Paris (CNES) hosted a workshop showcasing the latest advances in smartphone-based data tools and the use of these tools by aid agencies to deliver demonstrably life saving improvements in assistance.  Representatives of ten technology providers each presenting a distinct smartphone-based data collection tool met with aid practitioners from more than twenty different aid agencies for a series of product demonstrations, aid worker testimonials of prior experiences using smart-phone data tools and a tool fair.

The NOMAD Project, an organization of humanitarian and digital information management experts dedicated to helping aid agencies navigate the available tool options, compare and contrast mobile data solutions, and reach informed decisions on the solution(s) that will be of greatest use to their operations, convened the participants, coming from more than twenty different countries.  Fifty-eight per cent of the attendees (excluding the tool providers) had never used a mobile data collection solution before.  Of those fifty-eight per cent, seventy-seven per cent said that they left the workshop inspired to introduce smartphone-based data collection methods to their organisation.  Collected via twitter and in person, event attendees remarked on the workshop’s success, describing it as a “great few days here at #nomadws, lots of amazing ideas and brilliant contacts” and “plenty of exciting discussions involving users & providers of #MDC {mobile data collection] tools at the #nomadws: this will help users leverage their full potential.” A representative from PSI Mobile, one of the data tool providers that presented at the workshop, eloquently stated his organisation’s satisfaction with the workshop as follows:

“As a solution provider, the opportunity to meet many humanitarian organisations specifically to discuss digital data gathering has been excellent. We have been provided with a forum to present our solution and to engage directly with a community with operational requirements in real life programmes. We have also had the opportunity to listen to other solution providers, which has provided a source of both new ideas and also potential partnership opportunities. We look forward to the next NOMAD event.”

With over ninety per cent of the event attendees satisfied, NOMAD’s team would be glad to organize another event, in order to implement the wonderful ideas the community submitted to them (hackathon with solution providers, thematic sessions, focus groups, etc.) – if funding can be found again for it!

In the meantime the presentations from the workshop have been published on NOMAD’s website. The organizations behind NOMAD, IMMAP and CartONG, will also keep up with their upcoming GIS, data collection and information management trainings, and recruit more data tool providers to feature their mobile data solutions on the Online Selection Assistant that NOMAD has created to help aid agencies compare and contrast providers and find data tools best tailored to their needs.


You can also see the Survey Result of the Paris Workshop here.