Smap Consulting was founded in June 2007 as an ad-hoc collaboration between software developers at IBM and with the objective of: “Improving the quality and quantity of public data in developing countries, specifically map data available on mobile phones”. Our first project was to load maps of roads in Southern Sudan into Openstreetmap from data supplied by the UN JLC and Mikel Maron.
In 2008 we began working with World Vision on data collection using mobile phones and this became our primary focus. However we still continue our involvement with geographical data and Openstreetmap. All data collected from the mobile devices is stored in Postgis, a geo-spatial database, that allows the collected data to be processed by GIS systems. We also continue to link our data collection services to community based mapping and news organisations.
Also in 2008 we began working with RMIT University and have so far completed 7 software development projects with masters and undergraduate students. The deliverables from these projects have been incorporated into the software available from the repository at Smap-Suite under an open source license (GPL v3 except for fieldTask which is licensed with Apache 2.0).
During 2010 we adopted the odkCollect software for use on Android phones. This complements and will likely supersede the J2ME application that we had previously developed. In the last 12 months a major area of development focus has been on Task Management. This is intend to allow more iterative data collection where new requirements for additional data can be determined and then sent to a users device along with the location it is to be collected.
We are currently working with multiple NGOs and have helped with assessments in Cambodia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Ethiopia and Romania.
We welcome participation in the open source project that develops our software. To find out more you can visit our project page.
Phone: +61 402 975 959
PO Box 4644
Kingston, Canberra, ACT, 2604