Field Papers Guidance Documents

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Date Published:
September 11, 2013
USAID Contribution

Field Papers is a web-based mapping tool managed by Stamen Design. It allows users to create a map from anywhere in the world (using data from OpenStreetMap), print it out, and mark it up with their own notes. Later, the updated map can be photographed, uploaded back to the Field Papers website, and merged with the original atlas. Users only need a computer, printer, digital camera and pen or pencil to capture and share the latest geospatial data with millions of other users around the world.

These three guidance documents provide an overview of Field Papers, instruct users how to make an atlas, and share step-by-step instructions on how to upload an atlas to the Field Papers website.

This activity is part of USAID’s Learning Improvement Projects, funded by PPL’s Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research, and supported by the Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project. These projects aim to catalyze Agency learning by sharing lessons learned from innovative pilot projects with the hope that promising approaches can be replicated and scaled up by others for greater impact. For more information about the Learning Improvement Projects, please visit