AusCover has adopted the use of Open Data Kit (ODK) for the submission of all data to be included in the standard AusCover field data sets. Open Data Kit (ODK) is a suite of software tools designed to enable mobile technology (phones and tablets) to collect field data. More information can be obtained from the ODK website: opendatakit.org.
The data can either be entered directly in the field using a compatible android device (recommended), or entered post field, transcribed from paper forms, into the online ODK forms (links to forms in table below). Regardless of how the data is recorded in the field, any data to be included in any of the core AusCover cal/val data sets, for delivery via the AusCover portal, will need to submitted using the appropriate ODK form.
Some of the online forms have the capacity to accept attachments of instrument files (txt) and image files. Due to size restrictions, not all data can be submitted this way. Larger instrument data files (hemispheric imagery, ground LiDAR scans) will need to provided directly to the database administrator. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Forms for AusCover Core Calibration/Validation Data Sets
The following table contains links to the online ODK forms and downloads of the paper field forms for collection of data for the core AusCover cal/val data sets. The online forms can also be downloaded onto compatible Android devices, for direct entry of data in the field (follow the instructions in the next section).
The SLATS Star Transect Description ODK form will need to be completed.
Point intercept measurements can either be collected using the ABARES csv form and attached to the ODK SLATS Star Transect Description form or collected directly in the field via the ODK SLATS Star Point Intercept form.
If basal area measurements are collected at the site, the basal area form should also be used.
If tree structural measurements are collected at the site, the tree structural form should also be used.
If using the web form, field imagery will need to be supplied separately and a reference documented in the form.
The leaf area index form should be used whenever LAI (CI-110) data is being collected (typically associated with star transect and ground lidar sites).
The actual LAI instrument files can be submitted through the online ODK forms. However, the forms can only handle the txt files due to size constraints. All instrument png files should be zipped and submitted seperately.
If recording data directly in the field via the Android version of the ODK form, all instrument png files and instrument txt files will need to be submitted separately.