The Magpi Android app works with the Magpi web application to deploy mobile data collection forms.
Source: Android description
Price: free (limited options) / payment (from $417/month if payment is made annually)
Language: English / French / Spanish / Portuguese / Chinese
Runs offline: yes (connection needed to download forms and send data)
Last update: Android 01/08/2016 (v. 5.4.8) – iOS 29/09/2016 (v. 3.2.2)
Website of the developer: DataDyne Group
Notes: article updated on 05/12/2016
Magpi, formerly called EpiSurveyor, is a tool for creating forms that allows data collection in the field. The application consists of two parts:
- the form design work, which is done from a computer, and from whose interface can also be added records.
- data collection through mobile devices, in which previously designed forms are loaded for filling them in.
The use of the application requires opening an account in which a user name and password is provided. The free option, as commented in the section “Useful information”, is limited to a series of records and only has a number of activated features (in the free version, for example, you can’t add photos). The application, depending on use, has several payment options.
As you can see in the screenshots, the design of forms has several options, allowing the inclusion of various fields in many formats (drop-down lists, check boxes, text boxes, etc.). An interesting feature of Magpi is the possibility to design forms that can be send via SMS (text or voice. The free account includes 10 credits to test this system), a communication system that is acquiring a great importance in some developing countries.
Once the form has been created, Magpi mobile application allows access it from a mobile device by signing in with the username and password used to open the account. Although the forms can be filled in offline mode, the initial charge of them requires an Internet connection.
The application also allows the generation of reports based on collected data (Reports tab) for Pro and Enterprises profiles, thus enabling an easiest analysis of the the information.
Images: Screenshot 20/07/2015 – 05/12/2016 ©DataDyne Group