Fulcrum adds Offline Map Feature

Fulcrum is a fantastic tool that allows users to select from pre-made apps, or to design their own, to facilitate data collection.

Fulcrum

There are excellent tutorials, including the most important one on getting started, and the process is really straightforward: create an online account and add the data collection app(s) that are relevant to the features you want to inventory. Then, simply download the app to a mobile device, sync the selected apps and begin collecting data! Once you’ve finished, the data can be exported for use in GIS or simply for statistical analysis.

There are varying levels of subscription, but in line with true opensource form, there is a free version for “lite” users that allows use of 3 apps.

The greatest aspect of this service is the capacity to use Tilemill to generate off-line reference maps from aerial imagery that “untethers you from the need for network connectivity to get reference map data when in the field” so the map is available in areas of low connectivity or where the duration of use would exceed data plan parameters/be too costly.

The amount of unique data that needs to be documented and opensourced is endless, but for those struggling with what data to collect and just want to get started there are numerous apps ready to use in Fulcrum’s catalog.

Pre-defined categories include:

Agriculture – Agricultural Surveys, Irrigation Equipment, Pesticide Applications, Turf and Ornamental Pesticide Applications

Archaeological – Sites

Commercial – Building Surveys, Business Activity Surveys, Customer Satisfaction, Secret Shopper Surveys

Disaster Response – Aid Facility Inspection, Damage Reports, Disaster Shelter Assessments, Evacuee Information, Fire Protection Inspections, Hurricane Evacuation Route Sign Inspections, Post Storm Building Damage Reports

Environmental – Beach Sanitary Surveys, Erosion Control Reports, Fish Kill Reports, Gopher Tortise Surveys, Harmful Algae Bloom Surveys, Invasive Plant Species Inventories, Land Cover Surveys, Sea Turtle Nesting Sites, Water Sampling

Finance – ATM Surveys

Government – Census Surveys, Code Enforcement Violation, Graffiti Mapper, Hazardous Tree Reports, Historic Building Surveys, Neighborhood Mapping, Park Maintenance

Health – Food Service Health and Safety, Handicapped Accessibility, Health Surveys, Mosquito Control Inspections

Miscellaneous – Field Journalism Reports, Places of Worship

Natural Resources – Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Scouting

Real Estate – Plumbing Inspections, Property Inspections, Roof Inspections, Vacation Rentals

Tourism – Boat Launch Sites, Sport Fish Tracker

Transportation – Aid to Navigation Discrepancy Reports, Airfield Surface Inspections, Journey Time Surveys, Road Surface Inspections, Routine Bridge Inspections, Traffic Sign Inventories

Utilities – Culvert Inventory, Dam Inspections, Distribution Transformer Inventories, Electrical Inspections, Fire Hydrant Inventories, Public Phone Surveys, Water Well Inspections

 

 

Margaret Spyker

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