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Ground Platform

Open Source Helpers

Ground is an open-source, map-first data collection and analysis platform built to seamlessly connect the offline world with cloud-based storage and computation. The platform consists of a web app for data management and an Android app for offline data collection. Our goal is to provide a "just right" data collection solution that meets the needs of community organizers, conservationists, humanitarian workers, and researchers addressing some of today's most pressing issues.

Note: Ground is not an officially supported Google product, and is developed on a best-effort basis.

You can learn more about Ground on the project website.

About this Repository

This repo contains all Ground cloud-based / hosted components:

Directory Component
docs/ Public documentation, including Ground homepage
firestore/ Firestore config defining Firebase rules and other database settings
functions/ Firebase Cloud Functions, used to sync with Google Sheets and import/export data to/from other data sources
web-ng/ Ground web console used to set up and manage projects, and to view, edit, and analyze collected data online

Firestore Cloud Functions currently only supports Node.js v6.11.5, while the web dashboard is built using a newer version of Node.js. Contributors should use the appropriate version of Node for the component they are working on. Follow the instructions provided in the README of each subdirectory to set up the proper development environment for each component.


We'd love to accept your patches and contributions to this project. For more information, including details on the required Contributor License Agreement (CLA), code reviews, and environment setup, see Contributing to Ground Platform.