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Screenshot of Geopaparazzi
Author: Andrea Antonello and contributors
Source code:
Version: 5.1.0 (2016-07-05)
Install: Google Play
License: GPL v3 (free)
Platform: Android
Programming language: Java

Navigation offline and online, OSM and custom map display (vector data or tiles, offline, cached or online), field mapping, mark POI. Actively being developed. Keywords: GPS, field mapping, GPS navigation, navigation system, satellite navigation, sat nav, satnav, GPS tracker, GPS tracking, GPS map, OpenStreetMap, OSM viewer, map viewer, OSM mapping, outdoor.

Geopaparazzi is a tool developed to do very fast qualitative engineering/geologic surveys. Even if the main aim is in the field of surveying, it contains tools that can be of great use also to OpenStreetMappers as well as tourists that want to keep a geo-diary.

It runs on your Andriod device and works with the built-in GPS like a navigation program, but with field mapping capabilities.

It supports online tiled map backdrop sources such as OSM and caches them into a local MBTiles database. You can also prerender map tiles into your own MBTiles database and overlay GPX tracks and Spatialite GIS data. It reportedly also is able to display offline maps based on Mapsforge - for example from Openandromaps.

A description about how to use the OSM tools in geopaparazzi is on its way.

  • Explore the graphical documentation for details. Note that at May 2016 the documentation describes an older version of Geopaparazzi.

Geopaparazzi stores data in a spatialite database. Specific information can be exported from the app - for example images, and a track and points (and accompanying notes) recorded using the gps (as gpx or kml). It is also possible to use the spatialite database directly, for example importing tables into a GIS application such as QGIS directly, or by using a plugin such as ExportGeopaparazzi (which despite its name is for importing data from the database to QGIS) which also styles the layers and adds some QGIS 'actions' making it easier to view the photographs.

Geopaparazzi allows the definition of forms which guide note-taking - with each note having its location also recorded.

Notes can include images from the smartphone's camera, a simple sketching function (which includes the ability to load another existing image to the canvas), or an image of the current map.

Geopaparazzi can also display overlay information if it is stored in a (separate) spatialite database.