One of Water Reporter’s greatest strengths is the consolidation of all management functions into a single dashboard. From both an organizational and a data management standpoint, it’s structured in a way that forces better data management practices, improves productivity, and lets work get done on the fly rather than while tied to a desk. As with any system, of course, you’ll better grasp its potential if you take some time to learn how it works, where things are, and so on, and that’s what this lesson is about: helping you become familiar with the Water Reporter dashboard area.
The mobile Water Reporter application will keep you signed in to your account but the online access point will require a log-in each time you visit.
Logging in is a matter of entering your email address and password chosen during the set-up process. If you forget or can’t generate your password, there’s a link on the login page for setting a new password, which is delivered to you via your email address. Logging in delivers you to your personal dashboard on both the mobile and online mediums. From here you can create content as an individual or enter into your group account management area. The admin area is well laid out and easy to use, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with its layout and that’s what this section is all about.
GROUP MANAGEMENT ON MOBILE
The majority of all features are available via the mobile device, however, there is some functionality that cannot be completed via your mobile application.
To access your administrator features, from your personal dashboard navigate down to the section “Your Groups”. Click on Manage Account.
All group administrative owners (added in subscription account set up) will see the same view once inside the Group Dashboard and have full access to all features whereas their individual dashboard details may have differed.
NOTE: Some account owners may have been assigned as an administrator to more than one Water Reporter subscription. In those cases, all groups will appear with their logo, name, and a “Manage Account” button to enter the group dashboard.
You are now on the Summary page of your group.
On the mobile device, all of the available features are accessible via the top right hand corner menu.
Once on the group dashboard, you can manage your data and access these features.
GROUP ACCOUNT DASHBOARD SECTIONS
The most important tool for group owners for getting around Water Reporter is the Dashboard Panel, which is on the left side of all screens in the Manage Account Portal or accessible via the menu icon on mobile.
The first level of the Dashboard shows all of the administrative owner sections. When you enter into one of the sections, its submenus take the place of the sections overviews. To return to the main dashboard from a submenu, click the Dashboard or return arrow.
Each of the features displayed here requires an article of its own to start to acquire more than cursory understanding. Here, let’s just review what each feature includes.
Campaigns are a feature that we are sunsetting and replacing with the forms within data sources. Don’t worry about it.
Data Sources are where you’ll build and store all non-observation, geo-located generated data. This is also where your digital data collection form(s) are built and housed. Data Sources include continuous monitoring, on-the-fly sampling, annual scoring, and USGS integrations.
Data that has been collected or stored in Data Sources can be displayed on interactive, portable maps. Build and customize your map(s) with data source layers, and filter geo-located observations. URLs and embeddable iFrame links are available here to ship out packaged data.
Review anyone who has joined your group in Water Reporter. Invite new members to join. Download reports of all members and their contact information.
Using Water Reporter for actionable items such as possible pollution reporting, invasive species removal, or trash cleanups? Change the status internally or publicly show “action completed” via this feature.
Transparency and accessibility are mainstays in Water Reporter - owners have full access to data coming into and being stored in the system. Generate a .csv file to export the geo-located observational posts via this tool. Any data uploaded and stored in Data Sources can be exported via a function available within that feature.
Update your group’s logo, description, and owners from this group edit page.
Quick link to jump from your dashboard into the public-facing page of your group. The public facing page includes all of the contact information as well as a feed of all observational posts. No data source information is automatically generated or available via Water Reporter public feeds at this time.
TIP: You can publish a feed post notifying users of updates to a data source via the Maps page.