Mapping Incidences and Disease Surveillance: Two New Tools

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Nov 05, 2009

A few weeks ago, the Open Mobile Consortium and hosted the first Open Mobile Camp. Discussions focused on open source mobile development and how mobile tools can and are being used in humanitarian work. Here are two profiles of interesting projects that were presented at the Camp.

Humanitarian FOSS Project: POSIT

The Humanitarian FOSS Project (H-FOSS) offers summer internships for undergraduate computing students who want to get involved in building free and open source software for humanitarian organizations. As part of H-FOSS, students from Trinity College designed a phone-based tool for search and rescue missions, scientific field-work, and other applications. Called POSIT (Portable Open Search and Information Tool), the application runs on the Android platform. In this video, H-FOSS project director Trishan de Lanerolle and Trinity College students Prasanna Gautam and Christopher Fei present POSIT.


David Aanensen works in the department of infectious disease epidemology at Imperial College London. In this video, Aanensen presents EpiCollect, a data collection tool that also runs on Android. EpiCollect can be used for disease tracking, and uses GPS and Google Maps in order to provide two-way communication between field workers and their project databases for data collection and analysis.

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