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GIS & Mapping

This guide contains information about the GIS and Mapping services at Temple University Libraries.

Collecting data on your own

Some projects require data that has not been collected before. Creating your own data by collecting points, lines or polygons in the field is possible. Rather than requiring advanced equipment, some tools allow users to collect data with mobile phones or tablets. In this guide you will find information on how to use these applications.

Field Data Collection Tools

These tools allow you to create your own survey forms to collect the location and attributes of any objects in the field. You can design your forms online and share them with other users to collect data. Then you can simply export your data to spatial files to be analyzed or mapped using GIS.

KoboToolbox is a suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. Our software is free and open source. Most of our users are people working in humanitarian crises, as well as aid professionals and researchers working in developing countries. 


ArcGIS Survey123 is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution. Create, share and analyze surveys in just three easy steps. It requieres an ArcGIS account