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EpiCollect is a generic tool for mobile data collection projects. You can easily create your own (free) project website(s) online at

To get started, you design a form containing standard form fields and load into the EpiCollect App. Multiple entries can be stored on the phone, each of which is geotagged and can have photos attached. Data can then be synchronized with the central project website allowing multiple individuals to collect and submit data to a project at one time.

You can view data that you (and others) have submitted to the project website on your iPhone within the EpiCollect app using Google Maps and filter the displayed data based on one (or more) of the form fields.

Data can also be viewed, charted and filtered at the project website using Google Maps and Google Earth.

Demonstration Project

We have pre-loaded a demo questionnaire into EpiCollect to give you a feel for the system. The demo project contains the following questions:

• Q1. What is your name / nickname?
• Q2. Male or Female?
• Q3. What is your age?
• Q4. Which search engine do you most often use?
• Q5. Which social networking sites do you use?

Each entry is geotagged (for mapping) and you can attach a photo from where you are. Please feel free to submit as many entries as you like!

The project website for the demo project can be seen at:

Please submit and explore the data at the project website and on your phones.


Any project where you would like to collect geographically located form data with or without photos. For example, wildlife / species surveys, questionnaires, keeping a record of where you have travelled, etc.

We are currently using EpiCollect for mobile disease surveillance projects but its generality means the system could be used for many kinds of mobile data collection.

Multiple Projects

You can load (and submit data to) multiple projects using EpiCollect and you can even configure your project so that data can be sent to any server (see Developer Instructions at

Free and Open

EpiCollect is provided as free software and has been developed at Imperial College London with funding from The Wellcome Trust.

We are an open-source project and rely on user feedback for suggestions for improvements / bug spotting etc. Please contact us with any issues or comments.

What's New in Version 1.1

Minor UI fixes.

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Customer Reviews


Looks like it hasn't been updated in years. It keeps crashing/freezing up. It could be a useful application if it worked.

If a developer reads this...perhaps you could take a look at the problem?

Very buggy. Disappointing

Constantly getting error messages.
Difficult to select gender.
Cumbersome to use.

I heard about this app while listening to NPR and it sounded very interesting until I downloaded it. Unfortunately this will amount to a huge missed opportunity: free, national advertising to a preselected group (NPR listeners) of a buggy, clunky app. You'd think that their websites, mobile and desktop, and their app would be running smoothly before being showcased nationally. Unfortunately not.

Great in concept...

Wonderful idea, but app is not really functional. Too hard to connect, lots of error messages. Seems like a beta version. Would love to use it, but work out the bugs please!

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  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 0.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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