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A quick revisit – subtypes and domains in Collector for ArcGIS

Subtypes and domains are fairly useful geodatabase features to know about especially when it comes to data validation and design of editing templates.

Knowing what they are and when to use them can mean the difference between a consistent semi-automatic field data collection experience and database anarchy. We recently looked a little closer at these two features when reviewing a template for collecting weed and other pest observations for a local council or recording tree records for an arborist. Faced with hundreds of different species of weeds, we needed some way to minimize the list of possible values. Continue reading

Taking Collector Offline with your basemaps

So by now you would have heard that Collector for ArcGIS (Android & iOS) has the ability to work offline in a semi connected mode. The means that not only can you take your feature service data offline for field inspection but also you can cache the Esri Basemaps. This provides terrific access to your data within a basemap spatial context.

But what happens if you have your own cached basemaps that you want to use. Well there are two way you can achieve this. Continue reading

Bringing Your Data from the Cloud Back to Earth – How to extract your data from ArcGIS Online.

In my blog post series so far this year, I have considered and written up common workflows for preparing data for ‘in field’ collection capture using the Collector for ArcGIS app.

If you’ve missed any of these blogs, you can find them using the Collector tag on this page.

So what’s the next step? Well, now that you’ve published the data, and used the Collector app to collect new features and you’re back at the office, you’d probably like to get the data from the “cloud” and do some good old editing or analysis in ArcGIS for Desktop.

This brings us to my current blog post! Here I’ll cover a few simple techniques that you may use to extract the data from a feature service that’s running on ArcGIS Online, and use it in ArcGIS Desktop. To illustrate this workflow I will use the same feature service representing traffic accidents that I’ve used to demonstrate the Collector’s “offline editing” workflows.
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Disconnected editing in Collector for ArcGIS v10.2.2. Part 2: Go offline!

My previous post which can be accessed here has guided you through some of the new features that had been introduced in the new Collector for ArcGIS v 10.2.2 release. The most important function that we considered was the ability to enable the disconnected editing workflow and the previous blog was all about the data preparation stage.

Now that we’ve enabled a web map for offline editing it’s time to test this new functionality in the Collector for ArcGIS app.

Let’s go through some of the major stages of the new disconnected editing workflow in Collector 10.2.2.

1. Open the Collector for ArcGIS app on an iPhone or any other supported mobile device. The map that was created on the DataPrep stage (discussed in the previous post) should be visible in the MyMaps list.

Just to recap: I am still using the scenario with the traffic accidents that I will be capturing in remote areas using the Collector for ArcGIS app.

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Disconnected editing in Collector for ArcGIS v10.2.2. Part 1: Take your maps offline.

How to enable disconnected editing on your Collector for ArcGIS maps.

Esri Inc has recently released a new version of Collector which includes a few key updates, such as “offline” editing mode. Due to the positive feedback from our clients regarding the series of blogposts about the Collector for ArcGIS app that I published earlier this year, I decided to share some additional workflows and practices for use with the new version of the application that is now available for download.

The new version of the Collector for ArcGIS ( 10.2.2) was released in March 2014 with some key improvements that now make field data collection more interesting and useful than ever. These improvements include: Continue reading

Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 3.

Ready, Set, Collect!

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here: >>

Part 2 can be accessed here:>>

In the previous post we looked at creating data, publishing feature services on ArcGIS Online for Organisations and setting up two web maps with different access levels.

Now that we have two web maps – one for the general public and the one that allows authorised users to edit features, we can switch to the last phase of the workflow and use the Collector for ArcGIS application to edit the features.

Step five.

If you don’t have the Collector for ArcGIS app installed on your smartphone, you can download it from the appropriate application store. The URLs are available here: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/apps/collector

Once you’ve installed the app, run it and sign in to ArcGIS Online.

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Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 2.

Access Granted- Providing the right people with editing permissions.

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here:>>

Now that we have published a feature service and created a web map, it’s time to think about establishing the roles and providing the right people with the editing rights.

Step four of the workflow.

This step is maybe the most important one in the entire process as it allows you to set access permissions.

As a creator of your web service you have to decide on whether it will be published only within your organisation or it’ll be available for the general public. In my example my map was supposed to let my colleagues and friends track us during our WA adventure, so it has had to be publically available.

So I needed to click the Share button and choose “everyone”

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Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 1.

It’s been three years since I joined Esri Australia from one of Esri’s distributor offices in Europe. While being fully loaded with my technical support and training assignments at work I’ve been spending every available opportunity on exploring this beautiful country. In all my travels around Australia I’ve been using GIS as one of the main instruments for navigation, getting directions and story telling about my trips across the continent by making maps showing routes, visited places and the places I’d like to visit one day.

In most situations these were just simple geographic maps consisting of free basemaps pulled from the ArcGIS.com website, a couple of layers to show POI (Points of Interest) and a layer showing the route of that particular trip. I would export these maps to PDF and either post them online in my blog or send them to my co-travellers as email attachments.

But now with the new Collector for ArcGIS Application released by Esri for iOS and Android platforms, and the new capabilities of ArcGIS Online combined with the technical advantages provided by the latest smartphones, I took it to the next level.  Now we can use mobile applications and collect data in the field just by using our iPhones or any other compatible smartphone, which most of us have. Continue reading