Overview on Data Collection Tools

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2016 02:53PM EDT

KoBoToolbox allows data collection in multiple ways. Because KoBoToolbox is built on the Xform/ODK technology, our forms are compatible with a number of different tools that can be used for data collection. We recommend using KoBoCollect as the tool of choice for Android devices, and Web Forms (Enketo) for collecting data on all other devices (including iPhones, iPads, or any laptop or computer).

Collecting Data with KoBoCollect

KoBoCollect is an Android app that can be installed on any standard Android phone or tablet. To download the app to your Android device, click here.

For details on how to set up KoBoCollect, read this article.

Collecting Data through Web Forms (Enketo)

Web Forms, also known as Enketo, are used by KoBoToolbox to preview your forms and to enter data directly on your computer. But you can use web forms also for collecting data on your mobile devices - even if you're offline at the time of data collection. Some features are still being actively developed for Enketo, so some special questions may not be fully supported yet on every device.

For details on how to use Web Forms (Enketo), read this article.

Differences between the two options

  Web Forms (Enketo) KoBoCollect
Devices Any mobile device or computer Android only
Runs in… Browser window  Native Android app
Configurable server-wide on each device
Default form display all questions on the same screen one question per screen
Data upload Automatically when connection available On user request or immediately if connection available
Phone-specific metaquestions (subscriberid, simserial, phonenumber) no yes
barcode scanning question type no (except manual entry) yes
Different form styles yes no
Encryption not for storage, but always during transfer can be enabled on device, always during transfer
hide-input appearance for maps to hide manual GPS inputs yes no
Advanced map appearance options (streets, terrain, satellite, [other]) yes no
Text formatting in notes (bold, italics, links) in labels yes no
Combine subsequent notes into a single note on the screen yes no
multiline appearance for text questions yes no
horizontal-compact appearance of Select questions yes no
likert scale appearance of Select question yes no
compact-2 appearance in Select questions no yes
no-calendar appearance no yes
Advanced image appearances (annotate, draw, signature appearances) no yes
Calculation command repeat_count() Sets a minimum number of repeat groups Sets an exact number of repeat groups
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