Hi, I too was searching for a manual way of specifying location in ODK.
@Thomas, nice workaround! Of course, that'll cause a lot of pain for the
poor chap who has to see each of these screenshots and figure out the
location! What if you could find some app where you pin the location, and
it gives you the lat-long as copy-able text, which is then entered into a
text field in your form in ODK Collect?
Others, please look at this example (from a laptop/computer, not a phone,
please) to get an idea of what we're looking for:
There is a form with a map in it. You place a marker on it. That enters the
location coordinates into the form.
I want this functionality in ODK Collect. At present, XLSForm.org
specifices only one single-location variable, 'geopoint'. ODK Collect by
default hooks that to GPS or cellphone/wifi location finding service. What
we need is a 'geopoint-manual', which lets the form submitter simply mark
the location on a map.
There is a valid use case scenario for this. We might be taking information
about a location from a person on the field, and might not necessarily be
at that location at that time.
Examples: At a refugee camp or resettlement colony, we want to record where
the people have come FROM. At a local vegetable market (or APMC) in the
city, we want to record the locations that each stall is sourcing its
So our device isn't going to go all the way to all those places. We simply
have to enter the location in through a pin-the-map interface.
I'm surprised this hasn't been worked out if this question was asked three
years ago! It's such an obvious need! Is there any place we can file this
as a feature request or something? Let me check out GeoODK if they have
On Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8:57:26 PM UTC+5:30, Wes Roberts wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> Surely geopoint is the type you would be needing to achieve your goals. I
> am new to ODK so perhaps I don't understand your question. We have been
> testing odk for a social survey and have been using geopoint in our tests.
> In addition once the data is uploaded Aggregate you are able to export as a
> Hope this helps
> On Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:08:45 PM UTC+2, Thomas Götschi wrote:
>> Hi all
>> we are hoping to use a map widget as a back-up for gps which:
>> - could be used in offline mode
>> - would allow the user to set a pin manually
>> - would store geo-coordinates of that pin.
>> Are there any updates on these or similar features in development?
>> We currently work around this having users leave ODK, open a google map
>> (which we store for offline use prior to the survey), set a pin (rather
>> oddly with the "search address" function - is there an actual pin setting
>> feature?), then take a screen shot, and finally, back in ODK, upload the
>> screenshot as a picture.
>> Preferably we would upload the coordinates, or both map with pin and