Creating a Project

Designing a Form
Form Elements
  Text Field
  Long Text
  Select One
  Select Multiple

Form Builder
  Text Field
  Long Text
  Select One
  Select Multiple


Loading a Project

Adding a New Entry
  Using GPS

  Adding a Photo
  Entering Form data

Listing Entries

Synchronising Entries

View Entries on Map
  Local Entries
  Remote Entries

Filtering Entries


Loading a Project

Adding a New Entry

Listing Entries

Synchronising Entries

View Entries on Map



Project Website

Viewing Data

Mapping Interface
  Data Points
  Chart View

Filtering Data

TIme Slider

Chat Panel

Google Earth


Adding a new Entry on an Android Device



Now you have a project loaded onto your phone you are ready to add a new entry and attach the GPS location and a photo. To add Entries you DO NOT need mobile data connection as all of the data collection functionality of EpiCollect does not rely on data connectivity (GPS for example does not require data connectivity and your entered data is stored solely on the phone until synchronised with your project website).



From the Homescreen, with your project selected from dropdown list, click 'New Entry'. You will be taken to the main data entry screen.

You will see that this new entry has been assigned an ID. This ID is a unique number assigned to every entry you collect on your individual device.

Next to the ID is the date and time that you have selected New Entry, and is again assigned automatically.

From this screen you can assign a GPS position to your entry, add a photo (if required), and enter the data from a form.

Firstly we will assign the GPS position of the device. To do this tap the button marked

'1. Tap to assign GPS'.




You must have the GPS functionality of your phone turned on. If you do not you will receive a warning that you should enable GPS. To do so from the Android homescreen you can select: 'Menu' then 'Settings' then 'Security & Location' then make sure the 'Enable GPS satellites' checkbox is ticked.

After tapping, the current GPS position of your handset will be recorded and the accuracy of the GPS position will be displayed on the screen (in metres). The button becomes dark grey to indicate data has been recorded. However, you can update the GPS by tapping the button again, if required.





Are you having problems getting a GPS fix?


In theory, GPS satellites cover the entire planet and it should be possible to get a GPS fix wherever you are. However, GPS requires clear line of sight from the handset to the sky, so if you are in a building for example, or are under dense tree cover you may not easily get a fix (if at all).

If this is the case and you do not get an immediate fix when tapping, EpiCollect will issue a warning stating 'GPS fix not obtained' (as left)

When your phone's GPS is acquiring a fix, the GPS icon will appear in the bar at the top of your screen. This icon will be flashing when acquiring a position and when acquired will remain solid (as below.)


Acquiring GPS fix
GPS fix acquired

You should click OK and wait until you do get a fix.


Once you are satisfied you have a GPS position you are now ready to add a photo to your new entry.


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