Collecting field data is often necessary to prepare the national Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector overview. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research(UNITAR) has developed a mobile data collection tool to accompany the two methodologies developed by the Artisanal Gold Council (baseline estimates) and UNITAR (socio-economic research methodology). The development of this tool has been funded by UN Environment. The tool is a tailor-made electronic form to be used with KoBo Toolbox. The KoboToolbox is a free data collection solutionavailable for Android mobile devices. It has been developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with support from UN OCHA.
The tool has three main functions:
1.Combine location data with basic site-specific information to build a map
2.Contextualize and manage the pictures taken at the mining site
3.Manage data collection from distance and share the progress with key stakeholders