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Using ArcGIS Collector with iPad for mobile data collection in the field

Below are detailed instructions for how to use ArcGIS collector on an iPad in offline mode to collect field data on a grid of determined cell size (20x20m) overlaid on a base map of high resolution imagery. Forms are set up to have drop down menus and time stamps are automatically recorded.

The main steps are:

  1. Create the grid as a matrix of rectangular polygons and save it as a shape file.
  2. Edit the attribute table of the shape file to contain the appropriate fields for entry, including codes and drop downs.
  3. Create an online web map  with the to hold the data
  4. Download the web map to the iPad, configure and enter data, then sync.

Details are outlined in this pdf.

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iPad: Reading for Research

A number of iPad software apps support reading, reviewing, editing, archiving, and sharing documents. The increasing popularity of the device among students and faculty raises questions about the usefulness of those in the context of research: How to manage bibliographies? How to store and share annotations? How to access online academic journals?

Together with my colleagues Regina Roberts and Carlos Seligo I recently offered a workshop
where each of us demonstrated one of our most used iPad apps to manage the reading of documents. Here are my notes about GoodReader [1].

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iPad for research - one size fits all?

After last year’s experience with taking iPad to the field I am finally getting around to reporting back on the 4 week long field research¬†experience with iPad this summer, when we were able to equip our whole field school team (the faculty, a graduate student TA, three undergraduate students and myself) with iPads. Goal for this year was to more extensively explore iPad as a team and to see where it might be useful as a research tool.


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