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Using SMS for Conference Feedback

Magpi started as a mobile data collection system using mobile apps – and that part of Magpi is still going strong after 15 years.  More recently, though, we’ve been gratified to see many users utilizing Magpi to simplify another common activity: getting conference feedback.   Magpi’s iSMS data collection option makes it incredibly easy to let audience members, students, etc, let you know what they think about their class, the presentation, or what they want to have for lunch. How to create an SMS feedback system 1 – create a free Magpi account at www.magpi.com 2 – log into Magpi and click New to create a new form 3 – add your questions to your new form 4 – deploy the form Deploying your SMS form In order to have people provide conference feedback by SMS, you’ll need to initiate SMS sessions with each one.

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Five Great Features of Magpi Enterprise

Five great features of Magpi Enterprise Magpi Enterprise accounts reduce the cost of large-scale data collection, whether for a single project or across an entire organization. At the same time, it adds many unique capabilities.  In this deep dive, we’ll discuss how Magpi enterprise management features make it easier to manage multiple Magpi activities within large organizations.  We’ll also talk about the unique reporting, collection, and messaging capabilities in each Magpi Enterprise account: Zapier integration Sub-accounts Unlimited reporting Crowdsourcing Audio messaging 1 – Data integration without programming In our last Magpi Deep Dive we talked about how to use Zapier to easily integrate your Magpi data, without programming, with hundreds of useful tools – from Salesforce to Google Sheets.   This means using Magpi data flow to trigger everything from reminders to messages, from calendar events to data backups and reports.

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Crowdsourcing Food Security Status From South Sudan Satellite Imagery

The FEWS NET early warning system educates decision-makers who are responsible for creating and funding humanitarian response plans, and in December 2015, FEWS NET set out to identify populations of displaced persons in South Sudan and assess their food security. Individuals in South Sudan are constantly being displaced from their homes and livelihoods and left without a regular source of food or water. Previously, FEWS NET stated that Unity State, a region of South Sudan, suffered from a crisis level of food insecurity, but it wanted to obtain a more comprehensive assessment of the situation. FEWS NET needed to understand population migration in Unity State as it relates to food insecurity. FEWS NET turned to DigitalGlobe, which used their satellites to obtain high-resolution imagery of the region.

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Magpi iSMS: Crowdsourcing and more!

Heard about iSMS? If you haven’t heard, Magpi now has a variety of options to let you collect data via SMS, including iSMS (interactive SMS). In a previous post we talked about the basics of iSMS, but since then we’ve been brainstorming about how it can be used. iSMS is like a conversation that Magpi […] The post Magpi iSMS: Crowdsourcing and more!

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Getting the Best, Brightest, AND Poorest to School

A world of untapped potential In Half the Sky, Kristof and WuDunn make a compelling case that the emancipation of oppressed women around the globe is the central moral issue of our time, much as slavery was that of its time. But they go beyond saying that women and girls are victims in need of emancipation; they make a case that their empowerment will unlock half the world’s potential for social transformation and economic growth. Reversing the oppression of women wouldn’t just restore the world to a morally neutral space, it would unlock a powerful force for positive change and growth. I have a similar way of thinking about higher education and the economic poor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met a youth with such outstanding potential that I think, ‘this person could really make a difference in their community…in their nation.’ But, they probably won’t because they are too poor to go to college and so they won’t be equipped with the skills, knowledge, networks and credibility that higher education could give them.

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RCTs Awesome, but Then What?

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The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for May 23 – June 5,…

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New Findings from Crowdsourcing Experiment in Uganda

The rest is here: New Findings from Crowdsourcing Experiment in Uganda

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mClerk: Enabling Mobile Crowdsourcing in Developing Regions

Author: Aakar Gupta, William Thies, Edward Cutrell, Ravin Balakrishnan Publication Date: May 2012 Publisher/Journal: ACM SIGCHI Publication language: English Abstract: Global crowdsourcing platforms could offer new employment opportunities to low-income workers in developing countries. However, the impact to date has been limited because poor communities usually lack access to computers and the Internet. This paper presents mClerk, a new platform for mobile crowdsourcing in developing regions. mClerk sends and receives tasks via SMS, making it accessible to anyone with a low-end mobile phone. However, mClerk is not limited to text: it leverages a little-known protocol to send small images via ordinary SMS, enabling novel distribution of graphical tasks.

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A World without Aid Transparency: Dispatch from the Frontlines in…

Bangladesh is a country with thousands of developmentorganizations, each with hundreds of concurrent projects. For some perspective,in 2003 there were 6,559 development NGOsoperating in the country , almost one for every village.

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SMS in Action: Mapping Out SMS Systems for Social Impact

SMS in Action is an interactive crowdmap that allows users to submit and search for SMS-based systems that aim (or claim) to have a social impact.

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The Mobile Minute: Crowdsourcing the Turkish Elections, Mubarak Fined by…

Today’s Mobile Minute brings you coverage on Egypt’s ruling against former president Mubarak for cutting Internet and mobile services, the rise of online phone calls, the operating system with the most data downloads, an effort to crowdsource citizen reports from the upcoming Turkish elections, and a look at mobile web content and access in East Africa. Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been fined $34 million by an Egyptian court for cutting access to Internet and mobile phone networks during protests earlier this year. Other Egyptian officials (former interior minister Habib al-Adly and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif) were fined as well, for a total of $90 million in fines among the three former leaders

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A Crowd-Seeding System in Eastern Congo: Voix des Kivus

With thanks to Ushahidi for letting us re-post the below from their blog . Guest blog post by Peter van der Windt, PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University focusing on Africa. Peter has been directly involved in Voix des Kivus from the start in 2009 when he presented the project ( see video ) at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping ( ICCM 2009 ).

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Mobile Governance: Empowering Citizens to Enhance Democratic Processes

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