Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of data can I gather using a geosurvey?

A geosurvey is a flexible data collection tool and is built for fast seamless responses and interactions. It is designed to be fast, simple and seamless. It is generally used in the following ways:

How did this tool come about?

This tool was built because we routinely used to survey people about what they were doing in a place as a part of our work. e.g. We used to ask the transport department: "Tell us all the ongoing road projects". They would open a map and identify them on it and we used to digitize them.

Conceptually, there are three types of surveys you can undertake: "regular" and "temporal" or an "asset" survey. A regular survey can be used to undertake data collection for questions like: What is your favorite spot in the park? A temporal survey has a additional time dimension. You can see a schedule of bookings and activities at different locations across your site. An Asset survey is where you specify pre-defined assets or landmarks and then create a survey around that for e.g. in the context of fire hydrant inspections.

How do I create my own survey?

At the moment, creating your own surveys is disabled, you can use the contact page to get started.

What are Plus Codes, how are Geosurveys compatible with it?

Plus Codes provide a way to digitally address and locate any position on Earth. It is open source and we integrate that technology in the platform so that you can query any location and if survey data exists for that location, we will show it.

How much does this service cost?
Price Features
  • 14-day limit
  • Data must be be licensed as open data
  • Unlimited responses
  • Standard surveys only
500 EUR / survey / month
  • Email support
  • Standard, Temporal and Asset surveys
  • API Access
  • Your preferred data license
Contact us
  • Logo customization
  • A/B testing
  • Priority support
  • Aggregate multiple surveys
What can I do with this data?

Once you have this data there are a number of things you can do with it. Some examples:

Tell me more about the license for a geosurvey data?

You choose. We enable you to set the data licence that you want for each survey at the time of survey creation. We offer a choice of most common open and closed data licences or any other specific licence that you may use. If you plan to use the data outside of Geodesignhub, you must attribute this data using the following: © contributors and link it to this page.

When you upload data to a geosurvey, you remain the copyright holder of your data, but you grant certain rights to Geodesignhub. Some contributors additionally release their contributions to the public domain. We enable anonymous submissions and do no profiling or user tracking so it is not possible to link a submission with a individual.

Is there a way to download the data?

Whether the data is downloadable and how and under what licences and permitted use is decided by you. Data is provided via our API but you will need basic programming skills to access it. For downloads in other common formats e.g. Geopackage, GeoJSON, CSV, Excel etc. you must contact your survey administrator to get a copy. This is something that will be developed in the future.

Why was this project called Geoforge?

During initial development we used to call the product Geoforage and they were eventually integrated into Geodesignhub. The inspiration comes from the Orangutan who forages for food in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans are among the most intelligent primates and are known to use a vareity of sophisticated tools. Orangutans are also critically endangered, consider supporting a cause that helps them.

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