byHarro Riedstra via web
Akvo’s efforts in this D2D project focus on the improvement of our tools to address our partners needs and on the support and embedding of our tools in our partners’ organisations.
Lumen, Flow and RSR tripods
For Lumen, Flow and RSR in 2017 we focused on the implementation of “Akvo Tripods”. These tripods were built up consisting of one member of the partnership team, the product team and the marcomms team. Their role is to bring product development and the needs of our partners closer together, and make sure our marketing and communication focuses better on this connection. Next to the general development of the tools, this work led to some specific improvements based on partner’s requests including the lowering of loading time of large surveys (Flow) and enabling more options for RSR reports. For Lumen, being still in its early phases of development with the partners, this included having Lumen developers join Lumen trainings to learn directly from our partners.
On Caddisfly, we extended the array of chemical and biological tests Caddsifly offers. Chemical parameters now include: Alkalinity, Aluminum, Ammonia, Chloride, Chlorine, Chromium, COD, Fluoride, Hardness, Iron, Nitrate, Nitrite, pH, Phosphate, Potassium, Sulphate, Suspended solids and Turbidity. We also added E.coli as a microbiological parameter to detect fecal pollution. We have achieved this by establishing two partnerships with two different hardware suppliers.
In 2017, the Caddisfly team offered both in-field and online training to the Akvo hubs to enhance the capacity of the hubs to implement programs with Akvo Caddisfly. Training were as much as possible combined with programs so that theory directly could be practiced. Some of the hubs have received a set of demo equipment, the others will follow in Q1 2018.
Lastly, in 2017 we ran a number of projects that incorporated validation and have led to further product development: - Surface water quality monitoring with Deltares in Bangladesh - Surface water quality monitoring with TUDelft in Myanmar - Drinking water quality monitoring with Wereld Waternet in Mali - Drinking water quality monitoring with MSF in Uganda - Strip test validation with Foundation for Environmental Monitoring in India
Akvopedia’s main objectives are supporting sharing information and knowledge on WASH and Agriculture through a well structured easy accessible online wiki format and thus indirectly strengthening knowledge networks. In 2017 Akvopedia focused on: - further enhancing number of visitors through offering continued improved content and access with mobile devices. This through a new release of the Akvopedia app - To enhance global coverage of visitors through offering content in major world languages (En-Sp-Fr-Chinese) - To extend content partnerships through involving network organisations.
Number of visitor and the new Akvopedia app 1.0 Compared with 2016 the number of visitors grew from 200.000 (2016) to 224.000. The total number of article pages increased to 2086 per 31/12/2017 pages compared with 1957 pages at the end of 2016.
The app is ready and published in Google Playstore : documentation to go with the release is finalized. New fixes are that updates made to Akvopedia are now available in the app (caching issue) and videos are now supported in the app. Enhancements are a new ‘about page’ in the app for better version management.
The Akvopedia app code now sits under the Akvo account in github for better and easier management and some version release improvements. Akvo also setup protocols around software good practices so that Akvo is better placed for the next iteration. See below for a screen shot of the new app.
Translation programme In total 63 pages were translated through the volunteer program several universities contribute to. Languages (not for all pages in Akvopedia) currently covered are English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Swahili, Malayalam, Tamil Indonesian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian and Japanese.
Partnerships After 3 years of cooperation, SuSanA decided to focus on Wikipedia for knowledge sharing as the outreach through this platform is expected to be larger than through Akvopedia. So far new knowledge network partnerships in WASH and agriculture have not been established.