Use Community Science

The Community Science solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you engage community scientists, manage incoming observations, and monitor community science programs.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to use the solution by assuming the role of a user and performing the workflows below.

Submit a community science report

You will assume the role of a member of the general public setting out on a day hike in a local park. You will use the Community Science Survey app to submit observations along the way.

  1. In ArcGIS Survey123, open the Community Science Survey.
  2. After observing a plant or animal along the trail, use the app to choose a tile representing the category of your observation and tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  3. To the best of your ability, choose the tile that represents the type of organism you have observed as well as how the observation was made. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  4. If you know the species or common name of the organism, provide it, and optionally fill in additional details about the observation. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  5. Take or upload a photo or audio recording (for audio observations) of the organism. This will be used to help verify your report. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  6. Tap the map to provide the location of your observation and provide the date and time of the observation. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  7. Provide any additional information about the observation that could be helpful in verifying the reported organism. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the app to continue to the next question.
  8. Optionally, provide your name and email address. When you provide this information, the report is counted toward the top contributor ratings in the Community Science Dashboard.
  9. Tap the check mark at the bottom of the app and choose when you would like to submit the survey. If you are working disconnected, you will have to submit the report when you regain connectivity.

Manage community science reports

You will assume the role of a conservation staff member who verifies incoming reports based on the presented evidence. You will use the Community Science Manager app to verify a community science report.

  1. In a browser, go to the Community Science Manager app.
  2. Configure the filter in the Status column to display Unverified features.
  3. Use the sort button to select Sort in ascending order in the Observation Time column.

    The oldest reports are at the top of the table.

  4. Select a report and review the details and attached media in the information panel.
  5. Click the Edit Record button to edit the details. If necessary, edit the categorization and identification of the organism based on the evidence. Update the status to Verified.
  6. Click Save to update the report.

Explore community science reports

You will assume the role of either a conservation staff member or a member of the general public looking to explore the submitted community science reports. You will use the Community Science Dashboard to filter and explore the dataset to see what types of observations have been submitted.

  1. In a browser, go to the Community Science Dashboard.
  2. Use the filters in the left panel to update the map, charts, count, and list to show a subset of the data. For example, filter the reports to only those with a Verified status.
  3. Click the bars on the serial charts to further filter the map, charts, count, and list. For example, select several of the observation categories.
  4. Click a report in the list to review the details of the report.
  5. Continue exploring and applying filters to reveal more details about the community science program. When finished, close the Community Science Dashboard app.