In continuing our commitment to evolving digital data collection for the modern NGO, we’ve recently added two major features to our next generation tools that were released in May: embedded media, and XForms importing/exporting.

Embedding media resources into a form

Have you ever wanted to use a photo or video to explain a question, instruction or concept to a fieldworker? Or use an audio clip to aid an illiterate respondent? Now you can.

Our latest feature allows you to embed images, animations, video and audio files directly into your forms. You can even have different media for each language version of your form. The possibilities are endless.

To add media to a form, simply upload your files to your project resource library and then reference them in a form – just like you would a field. The Mobenzi app will automatically download and store media locally, so files will load instantly and fieldworkers can continue to work offline without incurring any costs after the files have initially downloaded.

Please note that fieldworkers will need to upgrade to the latest version of the Gateway Android app to access media resources that have been embedded into a form.

Importing and exporting XForms

The XForms standard is supported by a number of mobile data collection tools that you might have used in the past – including ODK. With this release, if you have existing forms that were created using another tool that uses the XForms standard, you can now import them into your Mobenzi account, saving you hours of setup time. You can then use our powerful, drag-and-drop form designer to modify and publish the form to your field team via our mobile app, or if you have a paid plan, export your form again and utilise the mobile app of your choice to capture data.

If you aren’t yet using the new tools, a reminder that they’re available to you when you create your next project.