“There’s an app for that”:
iPads Automate Field Data Collection and Transfer to a Centralized Database
BY JEENA CREDICO, MIDWEST FISHERIES CENTER
In an age where technology is growing and expanding, better data collection and management tools are becoming increasingly available. In particular, the ArcGIS Collector application developed by ESRI has enabled field crews for the Asian Carp eDNA monitoring team of the Midwest Region Fisheries Program to improve data collection which has simultaneously increased efficiency and safety. This innovative data collection approach, which uses iPads, was driven from the field up and implemented with assistance by multi-organizational levels in the Region.
The most important positive outcome was that eDNA results could be provided to our partners seven days earlier than with old data entry methods. The second largest benefit was the automatic upload of field data into a centralized database for long-term data storage and ease in data management for analysis and reporting efforts of the program. Efficiency gained in staff time resulted in an estimated cost-savings of nearly $130,000 for 2017. Finally, the addition of tablets in the field improved safety from the ability to access real time navigation information and connect quickly with other field crew members.
If your field office is interested in using the Collector App, contact GeoSpatial Services for assistance.
For more information on this success story, please see the Return on Investment: Using Collector for ArcGIS in the eDNA Invasive Carp Effort Article found on Region 3 Data Resource Team’s website.