Google is working with the University of Washington on an open source field data collection tool called the Open Data Kit (ODK).
Open Data Kit is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:

Build a data collection form or survey;
Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.

In addition to socio-economic and health surveys with GPS locations and images, ODK is being used to create decision support for clinicians and for building multimedia-rich nature mapping tools. See the list available tools, featured deployments, and implementation companies for more examples of what the ODK community is doing. We welcome and encourage participation from the user community.

According to Spatial Sustain blog, the system is being put to work in many developing nations for mapping and data collection efforts, including in Mexico, Tanzania, and Brazil.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

2 thoughts on “Google’s Open Source Field Data Collection Kit

  1. dear sir

    i,m intersted wth ur IT technolgy ( source data field colletion) may you can explain to me how to colletion data in field. Because if you allowed, i will cooperation wth ur company to do source field data collection in my country ( jakarta ).. am sorry don’t be main am just asking how to do that?

    Yusuf pramudianto

  2. It’s not our technology, it’s from Google. We just provide inforamtion, no need for data collection!

    – fjb

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