Wise Monkey Foundation

Wise Monkey Foundation

Wise Monkey Foundation was founded in 2012 by John Friar. After first getting involved with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) in 2010, in their campaign to eradicate rabies from the island, John developed an early version of the portal, which provided data support to a vaccination and surveillance program. Soon after, in 2011, a new community animal welfare project was initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with a pilot site in Bali, in association with BAWA. It very soon became apparent that, from a data management point of view, both projects (rabies and community based animal welfare) had more similarities than differences. A new system took the concrete ideas from the first version, abstracted them, and evolved into what is now the Wise Monkey Portal. 

In early 2012, Wise Monkey started working on data management solutions for the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). GARC have projects in the Philippines and Indonesia with data management supported by Wise Monkey Foundation. Both rabies projects (Bali and with GARC) were initiated by recommendation from the team at The Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health  (University of Glasgow). One of the main aims of the Wise Monkey Portal is to ensure high quality data is available in a timely fashion for research organizations, like The Boyd Orr Centre.

Wise Monkey Foundation was founded to ensure a viable ongoing framework to provide software, systems, and technology to support non government organizations that strive for the sustainable health of people, animals, and the environment.

Please visit the projects page for more information on the current projects Wise Monkey Foundation is supporting.

What Is The Wise Monkey Portal?

The Wise Monkey Portal hosts web applications in a controlled environment and offered in a 'Software As A Service' model. The software services, and associated data, are centrally hosted in the cloud. The portal has been designed with the following major features:

  • Multi-project: starting a new project takes minutes in setup time and requires nothing more than a web browser
  • Multi-user in a highly secure environment
  • Geography: Each project has an associated geographic hierarchy that is used to accurately record the location of activities (e.g. a rabies bite case). The hierarchy can be as fine grained as required and can include GPS co-ordinates for mapping and analysis
  • Roles: The system defines multiple roles. Each user can have one or more roles
  • Applications: The system is designed to host multiple applications, with project and role based access rights. Our first application provides data management functionality that replaces the use of a traditional spreadsheet.

What does all this mean for an organization starting a new project?

  • IT support costs are greatly reduced. No need to hire developers to create a new data hosting system and no need to invest in hardware and software that will only be used for the life of the project
  • Highly valuable data is secured and accessible to all (with the appropriate access rights) in real time
  • The data management application recognizes that many projects are the same but with subtle differences in the data that requires capture. By employing a template model, where forms designed for one project may be reused and modified in another project, deployment time and effort is significantly reduced
  • New functionality is being developed constantly and is available immediately upon release without the need to update software on computers in the field