Paper records are still quite common for field data collection in many housing agencies, where the infrastructure required to create, implement, manage and maintain survey data often includes paywalls or high levels of technical expertise. OpenMapKit solves one of the most immediate needs for government agencies to collect and manage data from the field, incorporating automatic georeferencing into the collection process.
OpenMapKit is a set of free and open source tools that can be used to create, perform and systematize surveys electronically on an Android mobile. It can be used to collect georeferenced data, such as surveys, active mappings, street-level images, etc. It helps enumerators with the collection of geospatial information when conducting surveys in the field.
In addition to its main purpose of collecting data in the field in a structured and automated manner, the main functions of the OpenMapKit includes:
- Data collection including text capture, numbers, photographs, videos, annotations and signatures as part of the survey.
- Geo-referencing connecting directly to the GPS of the cell phone and also allows the manual location of points or polygons directly on a map.
- Geo-referencing allows the interoperability of information with other spatial-type databases.
OpenMapKit requires the use of mobile devices with Android system and includes three software components:
- The OpenMapKit server (which allows you to store and manage collected data).
- The OpenMapKit survey application (which allows you to create and edit survey instruments).
- The OpenDataKit collection application (the main interface through which the survey is conducted in the field).
Surveys are created and edited through the OpenDataKit Build, which uses a simple drag-and-drop interface. Surveys to be filled can be uploaded and distributed to the participating devices through the OpenMapKit Server, allowing to upload and distribute blank surveys to all the pollsters in the field. Once the surveys are completed, the server stores them and the administrators can review the data and download them in CSV format. Check out the OpenMapKit guide.
This tool is part of our Open Urban Planning Toolbox, a set of open-source tools to support each step of the urban development planning process, from early design through implementation and evaluation of projects. Open-source software is made stronger by the community that contributes to it. We welcome users to apply the tools in their own cities, share ideas for improvement, and help identify areas of need that could be addressed with new open-source tools.
Download now this open code! OpenMapKit: create and systematize surveys in the field.