Field data collection using ArcGIS Collector [Online]: 2021-06-22

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Registration dates
open until Monday, June 21, 2021 - 6:00am

All times are Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

This workshop will introduce you to ArcGIS Collector, an Esri app, which allows you to use your mobile device as a tool for collecting spatial/non-spatial data in the field and seamlessly add it to a web map. This workshop will appeal to a range of disciplines where researchers need to collect field data, such as biology, ecology, geography, natural resource management, archeology, and more.

The workshop will cover:

  • Publish a feature layer on ArcGIS online, change the settings to enable editing, set up attributes
  • Create a web map which will serve as the interface for adding data
  • Use Collector to add data in the field
  • Enable syncing (this is useful for off-line use where connection is low).


  • You need to send email to to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.
  • iOS or Android Mobile Device (phone and/or tablet), download and install ArcGIS Collector app.

This workshop is part of the Web GIS Workshop Series

In the past decade, revolutionary internet technologies have driven Geographic Information System (GIS) to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS trainings- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers- have been involved in web cartography work. The empowerment is fueled by geospatially enabled technologies such as Global Positional Systems (GPS), the Internet, and user-friendly cartography tools. This workshop series will give you a taste of this new ecosystem, introducing you to a range of concepts, tools, and skills which include how web map is structured, how to create one, how to collaboratively collect field data and populate to a shared web map, and how to combine maps and digital storytelling to communicate your research.

All workshops in this series are designed for beginners- no previous GIS knowledge is required. Attend as many or as few sessions in this series as you like - you must register for each one you're interested in.

Sarah Zhang

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