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Using the Ecp Biodiversity Survey Platform

This is a free, open web-based platform for hosting citizen science projects and biodiversity surveys. It is based on Esri's Arc/INFO, Geodatabase, Portals and Cloud GIS technologies. Adding & customizing your own citizen science programs & events is free and simple. Instructions below refer to the default service.


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1. A read-only biodiversity survey map is above. to edit & add observations to the map, you need to do the free signup at arcgis.com, and belong to one of the biodiversity groups there, or create your own. you only need to do this once and it's free. go to ArcGIS.com, sign in, click on "GROUPS" and search on "bioblitz" ( make sure you set "Show:" to "All Content" first), click on any of the groups you want to join.

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Once you are in the group folder, you'll see any public maps but not the maps private to that group. click on the "JOIN THIS GROUP" button.

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You'll then have to wait for the group administrator to accept your request. You'll see group approvals whenever you log in and check your "Notifications" button:

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Once accepted, go back to your group and you can now see all the private editable maps for group members. Find any bioblitz map that includes the word "edits" and click on that

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It will open in the default Arcgis.com viewer. Click on the "edit" button to begin adding/editing.

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The Edit legend will open, click once on the symbol for what kind of biological observation you are entering. Observation types are a public list that can be changed for any event. Then click on the map where you want your sighting to appear.

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Your symbol will appear at your point and the attributes window will open where you can enter your name, information about the sighting, and add data files. The platform can accomodate prepared species lists for any location via a simple upload, in which case only names in that list can be entered. Or the species field can be left open and anything can be entered.

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There is also a "share" field where you can say if you want to share this with particular groups or with everyone. (as of 7-2011 this is in test mode and not directly implemented. Your files will be accessible by members of your grantee groups and the other grantee groups but not by the general public. Please make a selection anyway so we can collect people's interests and preferences for sharing. the default is "everyone" which will mean registered members of Arcgis.com)

Click on the "BROWSE" button to add any local files. Click the "DELETE" button to delete your point and any files it might have and start over. Click the "CLOSE" button to finish editing your point and accept it.

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You can navigate to any local files and add them one at a time. If your browser knows how to display those files you can then click on each added file and it will open up in a new window or a new tab, whatever you set your browser to do.

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To DELETE any files you added, just click the red "X"

If you are not in edit mode and you click on the point you will see all the attributes but none of the attached files. This is also what the general public will see in the "read-only" versions of the map. This is a design decision for now pending your comments. Your summary info is visible to all by default, your files are only visible and shareable to members of the group you joined.

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