Indaba, the third-generation of Global Integrity’s core fieldwork management platform, helps organizations create information. It is a multiuser, browser-based platform that allows geographically distributed teams to create, edit, and publish original content. This content can include text, quantitative data, and uploaded files of any type. The heart of the system is a browser-based project manager that eliminates overhead by letting managers track progress towards goals unique to each project, build a unified content library across all collaborators, and publish that content directly from Indaba to their own websites (and, eventually, social networking and mobile outlets). No email attachments or back-and-forth emails required. Indaba is designed to make complicated, labor-intensive global fieldwork easier, systematic, and faster.
Indaba is a powerful hosted service for its users to design, execute and publish global research and reporting on governance and transparency issues with radically low overhead costs. One of the primary objectives is to reduce the time and effort involved with global fieldwork and data gathering in the “transparency and accountability” universe and to simultaneously allow data to be tagged, aggregated and analyzed across disparate organizations. Indaba is the latest evolution of Global Integrity’s ten years of experience utilizing software-as-a-service for our research, and represents an effort to extend our lessons learned to others for how best to streamline what has historically been slow, labor-intensive fieldwork. For more information about Indaba and how to use it, see http://getindaba.org.