Group Observations application
lets you search for plant observations
associated with any group of which you are a member,
and see them on a map.
This application is similar to Observation Hotline (see Observation Hotline Help for details), but has some additional features which are useful for managing the records of a single group. For instance, Group Observations will show unpublished records associated with a group, where Observation Hotline will only show published records.
If you have any questions about this application, please contact
Start Date and End Date are inclusive. Dates are entered in the format YYYY-MM-DD so that February 20, 2017 is written as 2017-2-20. If you enter 2017-2-20 as the end date, the result will include records that were entered on or before 2017-2-20. If you put the same date in both Start Date and End Date, the results will only include records entered on that date.
Other search criteria in this application are largely similar to
The results appear simultaneously as points on the map and in a table below the map. This application will display both published and unpublished records.
If you click on a point on the map, an InfoWindow opens at the point, the table scrolls down to the corresponding record, and the record ID is highlighted. If you click on a record ID in the table, an InfoWindow opens at the corresponding map point, and a short menu opens up under the record ID.
Press DETAIL in this menu to see a page
showing full details of this record
(including any comments that Calflora contributors
may have made about the record).
Press edit in this menu to edit the record with Plant Observation Entry.
The results can viewed through one of several column sets, such as Basic Data and Weed Data Export. You can also make up a custom column set: open
If you are part of a Weed Manager organization, additional column sets are available, one for each of the data collection forms that your organization uses.
SAVED COLUMN SETS
Once you have used
To bring back a previously saved column set, open
You can use the
Here is an example showing eight weeds recently mapped by Marin County Parks in the Roy's Redwoods Open Space Preserve:
Once you have assigned colored icons to particular plants, you can save your choices as color scheme, and use it again later. Color schemes are associated with a group -- any color scheme you save will be available to other members of the group.
To download the result data onto your local computer, open
When you download, the downloaded results will include the same fields that are displayed in the current column set.
If you want to include the reference polygon from the associated population record, add Reference Polygon to your column set. Note that when Reference Polygon is included in the column set, and a particular record does not have a population record, but does have its own polygon, that polygon will be included in the results.
You can save a Group Observations search and run it again later. To save the current search, open
The Batch Editor is a feature of this application which can make changes to many of your group's records at the same time. It is a powerful and potentially dangerous tool, in that changes are not easily recoverable.
To open the editor, enter some search criteria,
and press .
In the editor panel, you can specify changes to the records that match your search. Once you have entered the changes you want to make, press . This action wil ask you to confirm, and then apply the changes to all of the records that match your search, even if you cannot see them in the result table.
Calculate Infested Area
Calculate Gross Area from Radius
RECALCULATE GROSS AREA
This is an experimental feature available to certain groups as of September, 2017.
Gross Area is typically calculated when a record
with a polygon is first uploaded into the database.
It may also be calculated explicitly (for instance, after editing the polygon)
in Plant Observation Entry.
This command will recalculate the size of the polygon for
all matching records.
After the command has finished, search again for the same records to
see the newly calculated value of Gross Area.
For more information about background layers, see Layer Help.
For more about data collection forms and other fields, see Plant Observation Entry Help
October, 2017: v. 1.85: In the results table, when you scroll down so that the column names are no longer visible, a pane opens at the top of the page showing the column names.
With the Geometry search criterion, you can search for records with a line, or records with a point and a radius.
September, 2017: v. 1.76: Two experimental features:
January, 2017: v. 1.65:
Three new columns are available:
When there is a value of Gross Area such as "100 square meters",
the value Gross Area Count will be "100"
and the value of
September, 2016: v. 1.60: Column sets can be saved by name.
March, 2015: v. 1.29: The History Filter selection criterion is available, capable of returning only the most recent record when there is more than one record of a single patch.
January, 2015: v. 1.19:
Searches can be saved by name. Open
December, 2014: v. 1.18:
It is now possible to select more than one project in a single search.
December, 2014: v. 1.16: New selection criteria: Access by others (published, unpublished or private) and Treatment. The Basic Data column set now includes Access, to make it easy to distinguish published from unpublished records.
August, 2014: Group Observations v. 1.06 (beta) released.