is a flexible geographic data collection tool for professionals. All data can be licensed as either open or closed data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of data can I gather using is a flexible data collection tool and is built for fast seamless responses and interactions. It is generally used in the following ways:

  • To identify and map existing sites and buildings in an area
  • To query individual preferences, opinions and sentiments around a space
  • To generate a list of things that are not working well or could be improved
  • Build notes on or during a field trip
  • As a management aid to see planned activities on a site over a period of time

Are there sample surveys that I can look at?

Yes. Conceptually, there are two types of surveys you can undertake: "regular" and "temporal". A temporal survey as the title indicates has an additional time dimension. Although the distinction is simple, they have different uses, a regular survey can be used to undertake data collection for questions like: What is your favorite spot in the park? On the other hand, a temporal survey can be used to show a schedule of bookings and activities at different locations. You can take a look at examples below, all for the same location: Hyde Park in London.

  • A regular survey asking for people's favourite spot in the park
  • Another survey asking respondents for preferred bike routes
  • A temporal survey with predefined locations and landmarks
  • Another temporal survey where the user can draw a preferred site

How do I create my own survey?

At the moment, does not allow you to create a survey on your own. If you have interest in creating your own survey, please go to Geodesignhub Office hours setup a meeting to discuss more.

How much does this service cost? is free for humanitarian and public service projects. For all other projects, you will have to contact us using the link above for pricing, it depends on the issue you are trying to solve and how long you need the survey for. You can engage with us on additional support and customization (e.g. custom logo, domain name etc.) as required.

What is the license for 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 Geoforage, you must attribute this data using the following: © contributors and link it to this page.

When you upload data to, you remain the copyright holder of your data, but you grant certain rights to and 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 is it called Geoforage?

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. They are also critically endangered, consider supporting a cause that helps them.