All group owners will be able to access, add, and manage new data sources. Each data source you create should hold data collected for one program. 

When you set up your first data source, your screen will look like this:

1. Create Data Source

To create a data source click either the “Create A Data Source” blue button or the green plus sign in the upper right hand corner.

You will arrive on the edit a data source page.  Scroll down for details about what you're seeing here. 

Create your Data Source Name and Description.

This data source Name will be displayed on any data source maps or forms that you create. 

The Data Source description is a useful field for you to describe the data that exists in this data source.

Tap the green check to save your work.

2. Choose Data Source Schema

Next, determine if you will be creating a data source from an available integration or building your own schema. Please note that, currently, only USGS NWIS data is available to integration.

If you do NOT want to use USGS, click the "SKIP AHEAD" option at the top of the page.

If you select USGS, you're done with this article and you must click over to the [USGS specific article] to read more about how to complete the creation of your data source.

3. Adjust Additional Data Type Settings

More choices!

Sample Geolocation

"Use fixed stations" will require you to add in the coordinates of all monitoring locations and collectors will select from the available locations whereas "Collect on-the-fly locations" will put that responsibility on the data collector.

[NOTE: once you select a configuration you must stick to it. If you need to change a setting you must start a new data source!]

Annual Scores or Samples

"Make a report card" will allow you to put a yearly score for a station but "Collect samples" allows for the continuous monitoring at fixed sites and the display of trend lines, indicators, and thresholds for each data point.

After you've made your selections, click the green check mark to save.

4. Upload Source File

At this stage, how you proceed really depends on the type of data source you are building: continuous monitoring, on-the-fly, or annual scoring. As such, I recommend selecting from the following instructional articles to continue the data creation process.

  • Continuous Sampling: data added routinely at fixed monitoring sites/stations. Thresholds, indicators, and trend-lines are available for inclusion.
  • Annual Scorecard: Data that scores thresholds or stations on an annual basis only
  • On-the-Fly Sampling: coordinates collected as data input field along with all other parameters and fields.

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