The missing link between data collection and good decisions
Akvo Lumen™ is a new data transformation, analysis, and visualisation tool designed for and by international development professionals. Lumen helps you turn diverse data into high quality information you can understand, trust, share and act on. Unlock the stories in your data.
Get excited about what you can do
Lumen opens up new avenues for you to work with your data. The hard work of cleaning and transforming raw data to make it usable is greatly reduced, opening up new possibilities to explore the bigger picture.
Ask questions, combine, compare and calculate. Get inspired by fresh insights.
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Huge amounts of data are gathered via many different collection tools, and stored in countless repositories and silos. Often, useful information never reaches the people who need it.
Lumen makes it easy to combine data sets, including your own and ones from any other source, and make them accessible to anyone who needs them.
Link to or upload data sets from diverse sources. This includes surveys in Akvo Flow, data.worldbank.org and others.
Turning messy data into high quality information you can rely on just got much faster and easier. Clean, filter, aggregate and combine datasets, and enrich them with geocoding, scores and calculations.
Build graphs, maps and charts quickly and easily. See and show the stories captured in your data.
Easily design and create online and shareable dashboards. Display your visualisations with context. Share them with a limited audience or the world, via a website, iframe or widget.
What our partners say
We constantly work to get higher quality data to make pro-active decisions and increase the quality and impact of our work. Akvo has already transformed our ability to do this and Lumen will help us go to the next level. We currently spend a lot of time analyzing data to identify trends and provide our field teams with useful information. As the number of our programs and the amount of monitoring data we collect grow, this is quickly becoming burdensome and slow. Lumen will enable Lifewater staff around the world to get up-to-date information, so we can make faster, better programatic decisions.
Vice President of Global Programs
The development of Akvo Lumen was made possible thanks to financial contributions from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Cisco.
We take a collaborative, partnership approach to supporting you on your data journey. And we provide a range of training, support and consultancy services to help you at every step of researching, transforming, analysing and finding insights within your datasets.
So that you can make the most of each and every feature, we provide tool training. We train people – from data specialists, through to people who’ve never seen a smartphone before – to use Akvo tools to their full potential. We have offices and experienced training staff all around the world.
When you have a question or an issue with one of our tools, we’re here to support you both online and on location. Besides our online documentation, we provide regional and remote technical support with offices and staff spread across the world.
Akvo’s technical consultants are there to provide expert advice on the smooth usage of IT tools. For example on data use, application of APIs and IT process design. They are located in all of Akvo’s main hubs.
Monitoring data collection
Monitoring data collection as it happens can help prevent problems down the line, but knowing how to verify the data collection process can be a challenge. Is the quality up to scratch? Is your sampling going as planned? We can support you in these checkups.
Knowing how to analyse your data to extract the insights that matter can be a challenge. We have data experts around the world to help you translate your data into information that can be used. This involves everything from data quality checks, to cleaning, transformation, and analysis.
Visualising your data brings it to life, and knowing how to visualise it in the right way for the right people gives it meaning. Our data analysts and GIS experts can help you translate your data into clear, compelling, and actionable visuals.
Unlock the stories in your data and share them with the people who need to see them. We can help you communicate the insights gained through your data with visually pleasing and easily digestible dashboards, reports, and interactive sites.
Maximise the potential of various datasets, from data you have collected to data from other sources. We use a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to help you discover the hidden patterns in your datasets.
We automate to achieve efficiency. Automatic report creation is a major time saver. Our technical consultants can develop custom reports to meet your organisation’s needs.
Open data sharing
Contribute to or make use of open data platforms such as the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDX). We can help you work with various formats, integrate different data sources, and ensure the data is useful for the audience.
Unleash the power of your data. Trigger evidence-based decision making. Enable positive change. Through the right use of data, you can steer your projects in the right direction. We’re here to help you create sustainable impact.
Easy to use
The clear and well designed user interface is fast and simple to use, even if you don’t have complex data skills.
Fast data cleaning
In a few mouse clicks, you can remove white spaces and blank cells, change case, apply filters, switch data type, solve inconsistencies in numerical and date-format, and sort, rename, combine or delete columns.
Merge data sets
Easily combine data sets from different sources to release new stories and insights (coming soon).
Derive new columns to carry out calculations and create new expressions, e.g. to implement a decision model, check data quality or apply scoring based on the contents of several other columns.
Lumen logs all the transformations made to your data, so the process is fully transparent. You can look back to see who did what, and revert to old versions if you need to – removing the risk of damage to your data.
Lots of visualisation options
Use Lumen’s curated data sets (coming soon) and your own data to create interactive bars, pies, areas or line charts, maps, pivot tables and scatter plot graphs – all in moments.
Organise your visualisations into attractive dashboards, and design how you want them to look. Bring your insights together, add context to tell the stories of your data, and share them online.
Easy to share
Publish your dashboards and visualisations in the form of a website, iframe or widget on a variety of devices, and with a variety of access possibilities.
Visualisations and dashboards will automatically update when the underlying data changes. In future you can schedule these updates.
Transformations will be automatically reapplied when new data comes in and you refresh your data set. This means live data can be cleaned and transformed, and existing static data can be turned into self updating, flowing data sources.
Monitoring Flow data
Easily import and work with Flow monitoring data. This means you can analyse data over time, assess the quality of your data collection process and monitor progress towards your goal (coming soon.)