EpiCollect.net provides a web application for the generation of forms and freely hosted project websites (using Google’s AppEngine) for many kinds of mobile data collection projects.

Data can be collected using multiple mobile phones running either the Android Operating system or the iPhone (using the EpiCollect mobile app) and all data can be synchronized from the phones and viewed centrally (using Google Maps) via the Project website or directly on the phones.

What can you use it for?
Anything you wish to collect data for: eg wildlife or plant surveys, questionnaires, locations of favorite places, keep a record of where you’ve been etc.. It is also being used for epidemiological studies e.g. mapping cases of disease in Africa.

Data collected on the phones is stored on the phones internal database until synchronized with the central project website. At the website, and for projects created at http://www.epicollect.net, data is stored on Google’s AppEngine – a free and open repository for storing data. EpiCollect apps can also send data to any server. You will need to have a web server with a database setup and scripts in place to accept (and return) data.

The EpiCollect mobile application DOES NOT require mobile network access for data collection. You can collect entries, use the GPS and camera in remote areas and synchronize data when you do return to an area that has mobile network coverage or when connected to a wireless network.

For further information please see the following publication:

Aanensen DM, Huntley DM, Feil EJ, al-Own F, Spratt BG (2009) “EpiCollect: Linking Smartphones to Web Applications for Epidemiology, Ecology and Community Data Collection”. PLoS ONE 4(9): e6968. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006968

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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