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OpenMapKit is the OpenStreetMap extension to OpenDataKit, a "free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions."

There are two parts to the system, OpenMapKit Android and OpenMapKit Server.

Tasnim and Rupa
Figure: Volunteers in Dhaka, Bangladesh
This software is used by NGOs in some of the most vulnerable and remote areas of the world, so the fundamental requirement is that the system must work well both online and offline. As a result, we have built a system that allows you to edit and tag OpenStreetMap data on an Android phone, and submit that data to a web service, completely disconnected from the internet.

Some of the known countries that surveys have been conducted include:

  • Bangladesh
  • Comoros (planned)
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia (planned)
  • Liberia
  • Malawi (planned)
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

OpenMapKit is usually paired with POSM and Field Papers, though you don't have to do it that way. Because field deployments tend to use these three tools, we have worked hard to integrate all three into a single workflow. Our software is modular, so you can use OpenMapKit Server by itself, hosted in the cloud or on an embedded system. It's up to you!

Fleet of Android Phones
Figure: Fleet of Android phones
in Huaquillas, Ecuador
The size of the groups involved in a field deployment varies widely. Often times, there can be 30+ Android phones with several people paired to a phone. This software was designed specifically for this use case.

Funded by the American Red Cross and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, built at SpatialDev, this software is free to use, extend, and distribute. It is available under an MIT License.

As the lead developer of the project, I am available for development work, consulting, and support. Feel free to contact me for further details. I'd also love to hear about how you are using OpenMapKit!

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