Field Papers is an open source tool built by Stamen Design to help users create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world.
Users can print it, take it into the field, and record notes and observations about the area. Later, the users can photograph each page in the atlas, and upload them back into Field Papers where a scan code geolocates the atlas so that the written data can be traced and then shared or downloaded.
Anyone who has a computer, internet access, and a printer can create an atlas and print it off.
Visit the Field Papers website, make an atlas, make take notes and observations and upload the photo of your atlas.
The tool is open source and free to use.
Field Papers is a continuation of an earlier tool called Walking Papers. There is no other tool that makes printable atlases and then geolocates the resulting notes.
Untrained or trained individuals, communities, public or private sector.
The first version of Field Papers was launched in May 2012, in partnership with Caerus Associates. In June of 2013, Stamen Design relaunched the site in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with major improvements to site performance, new metrics on atlas creation, as well as a general usability upgrade.
There have been over 100,000 atlases created on the Field papers site.
These photographs are called “snapshots” on the site. When a user uploads a snapshot, it’s connected automatically to the atlas from whence it came. Users can transcribe any notes they made in the field into Field Papers (as points or areas) and share the results or download their notes for later analysis.
Field Papers is designed to print out custom maps and enable users to capture data that has been collected in the field. The tool was designed to be easy to use, and compatible with OpenStreetMap and offline OpenStreetMap editors.
Over 100,000 atlases have been created on the site
- – Stamen Design
- – USAID
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