FAIMS Mobile: flexible, open-source software for field research

Brian Ballsun-Stanton, Shawn A. Ross*, Adela Sobotkova, Penny Crook

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FAIMS Mobile is a native Android application supported by an Ubuntu server facilitating human-mediated field research across disciplines. It consists of ‘core’ Java and Ruby software providing a platform for data capture, which can be deeply customised using ‘definition packets’ consisting of XML documents (data schema and UI) and Beanshell scripts (automation). Definition packets can also be generated using an XML-based domain-specific language, making customisation easier. FAIMS Mobile includes features allowing rich and efficient data capture tailored to the needs of fieldwork. It also promotes synthetic research and improves transparency and reproducibility through the production of comprehensive datasets that can be mapped to vocabularies or ontologies as they are created.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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  • Android
  • Field research
  • Field science
  • Mobile software


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