Geopaparazzi: Never Out of Data in the Field
The workshop is dedicated to professionals that needs to collect data from the field and use this information to update or create GIS data, but also to OpenStreetMappers as well as tourists that want to keep a geo-diary. Geopaparazzi is a mobile application for digital field mapping for Android devices developed to support the work of the technicians in the field offering a mapping environment with real time GPS position and a form for structured data collection. The application is easy to use, intuitive and provides just few important functionalities to be used in the field, as for example register GPS tracks and take georeferenced notes and pictures with the possibility to work also off line. The main features available in Geopaparazzi are: - taking georeferenced notes: texts, pictures, sketches and forms - logging GPS tracks - browsing and navigation of the maps and the available data - easy export of the collected data - simple preparation of custom background data. The map view shows the GPS position on the reference background data with the possibility to pan and zoom. From the map view it is possible to add and manage notes and bookmarks and measure distances. Notes and bookmarks can be added directly to the map either in the GPS position or in the center of the map. From a dedicated list view it is possible to visualize, zoom and edit each note. Background data can be personalized using available local data or on-line services with the possibility to use vector offline Mapsforge basemaps, Mbtiles offline databases, TMS (online and offline tiles) and WMS services. Geopaparazzi supports personalized complex forms with combo and check boxes, text fields (that can be constrained to number or string type), pictures (taken using the mobile internal camera) and sketches organized over multiple tabs. The workshop starts with an introduction of the application, installation and main features. Then a short section will be dedicated to the preparation of the input data: background maps and vector layers. Following these sections there is a practical testing of Geopaparazzi outdoor in the field. The last section, back in the room, is dedicated to the export of the collected data to be visualized or used in other GIS environments.