Name RapidSMS
Source UNICEF
Hyperlink to Source https://www.rapidsms.org/
Description RapidSMS is a free and open-source framework for rapidly building mobile services for scale. RapidSMS is built with Python and Django and is designed for building robust, highly customized mobile services with web-based dashboards. RapidSMS provides a flexible platform and modular components for large-scale data collection, managing complex workflows, and automating data analysis.
Long description RapidSMS is a toolset for rapidly building SMS (text message) services for data collection, streamlining complex workflows, and group coordination using basic mobile phones — and can present information on the internet as soon as it is received. So far RapidSMS has been customized and deployed with diverse functionality: remote health diagnostics, nutrition surveillance, supply chain tracking, registering children in public health campaigns, and community discussion. RapidSMS was designed to be customized for the challenges of governments, multilateral, international- and non-government organizations, and development practitioners: working effectively in spite of geographical remoteness of constituents, limited infrastructure (roads, electricity), and slow data collection (due to paper-based records, slow courier systems, etc).development practitioners: working effectively in spite of geographical remoteness of constituents, limited infrastructure (roads, electricity), and slow data collection (due to paper-based records, slow courier systems, etc).
Lead Institution UNICEF
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Partners UNICEF, Caktus Group, Meraka Institute, Entropy Free LLC, Dimagi, Columbia University's Earth Institute, and ThoughWorks
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Info link https://www.rapidsms.org/
Implementation link http://burundi.rapidsms.org/
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Type Technology
Potential for reuse High
Open source Partly
Open Source URL https://github.com/rapidsms
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Plug & Play Partly
Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics Partly
Status Implemented
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Sectors where the innovation can be applied
  • Science & Technology
  • Areas of technological innovation
  • Mobile Data Collection
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  • Real Time Data
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  • Technical Infrastructure
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  • Visual Analytics
  • Areas of management practice innovations
    Crowdsourcing
    Data Management
    Skills Development
    Standards
    Use of Alternative Data Sources
    Areas of institutional process innovations
    Digital Activism
    Legislation
    Case Study URL with Public Sector Participation http://www.caktusgroup.com/case-study/libya-SMS-text-message-voter-registration/
    Case Study Description The Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) with consulting support by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya received a parliamentary mandate to develop a text-message or SMS voter registration system. In order to ensure equal access to the democratic process, the Libyan government embraced SMS technology due to its ubiquity and cost effectiveness. World Bank statistics show that there are 165 cell phone subscriptions for every 100 Libyans in 2013. The government issued a mandate to the Libya
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    Good practices displayed Yes
    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2017-09-18
    Status Published
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