ArcGIS Field Maps

Configure a map for data collection in Field Maps

In Create a map for data collection in Field Maps, you created a map that allows you to capture information about your local park. Now, you’ll configure the map’s form and feature templates using the ArcGIS Field Maps web app. 

You’ll use the Field Maps web app to complete the following tasks:

  1. Edit the map title, summary, and thumbnail
  2. Configure feature templates
  3. Author the form

For this exercise, you’ll configure the form to capture paint assessment data for amenities within a park. To follow along, add the following fields to the Places layer: 

List of fields to add to the Places layer: paint_color (String), paint_notes (String), paint_time (Integer), needs_paint (Integer)

Create a list for the needs_paint field and add the following choices: 

List of choices needed for the needs paint field. Label: Yes, Code: 0. Label: No, Code: 1.

Edit the map title, summary, and thumbnail

The Field Maps web app allows you to edit the title, summary, and thumbnail of your map. Edit this information so the map is identifiable in the Field Maps mobile app. 

In a browser, sign in to your ArcGIS Online organization. In the app launcher, click Field Maps.

App launcher

The Maps page opens, displaying maps you own. Click the Parks_Map card to configure the map you created in the previous blog post. The Overview page opens, displaying information about the map.

Overview page

Click Edit and provide a title and summary specific to the project. For example:

If you have an image of the park you want to use as the thumbnail, hover over the default thumbnail for the map and click Change Thumbnail. Click Save

Configure feature templates

Configure the feature templates as they’ll appear in the mobile app. You can edit their description, default values, and order. Click Content to open the Content page. This page shows all the items in your map. Under Editable layers, click the Places layer. The feature templates you created in the previous blog post appear.

Tip: To familiarize yourself with the Content page interface, see Web app quick reference.

Feature templates

Select the Bike rack feature template. The Properties pane opens, allowing you to format the feature template and set default values. Default values can be used to ensure consistency during data collection. For example, if your park contains blue bike racks, set the default value for the paint color field to blue.

Default values

Click Save. Now, if you use the bike rack feature template to capture a new point, the paint color field is automatically set to blue.

Reorder the feature templates as you want them to appear in the mobile app, placing more commonly used templates at the top of the list. Since the map is being configured for paint assessments, move the Tree feature type and template to the bottom of the list. You can move feature templates by dragging them or by using the arrow keys.

Drag and drop a feature template

Click Save.

Configure the form

Configure the form used in the field to collect paint assessments. You’ll configure the form title, the order of entries, and how the entries display in the Field Maps mobile app. On the Contents page, make sure the Places layer is selected and click Form. The Form builder opens with a blank canvas. The Form builder includes the elements and attributes you can add to the form.

Form builder

In the Attributes list, click Add all, to add all of the layer’s attributes as entries on the form.

Form with all attributes

Provide a form title specific to the project. Click Edit and change the form title to Amenity Paint Assessment. 

Now you’ll format the attributes so they provide helpful information when using the form in the Field Maps mobile app. Select the needs paint attribute to open its Formatting options and edit the following:

Format the needs paint field

Select the paint time attribute to open its Formatting options and edit the following: 

Format paint time

Select the paint notes attribute to open its Formatting options and edit the following: 

Format paint notes field

Finally, you’ll use a Group form element to group the paint entries together. In Form elements, click Group to add a group to the form (you can also drag it onto the form). Drag the Paint color, Estimated paint time, and Paint notes entries into the group. Select the group and change the Display name to Paint Information 

Click Save. The form should look like the image below.  

Form with group of entries

To learn more ways to configure the form, such as creating conditional visibility statements, see Configure the form.

View the templates and form in the mobile app

Once you’ve saved your form and feature templates, view them in the Field Maps mobile app. In the mobile app, open the Parks Paint Assessment and tap Add to begin collecting data. Notice that the feature templates are in the order you configured in the web app. Tap the Bike rack feature template. The form opens and includes the formatting you configured in the web app. 

Form and templates in the Field Maps mobile app

This blog post covers a fraction of the capabilities included in the Field Maps web app. To learn more, see Configure the map. To learn how to collect data in the Field Maps mobile app, see the Try data collection in Field Maps blog post.

About the author

Josh is a Product Writer with a background in geography and comparative literature. Originally from Georgia, Josh now works and lives in Portland, Maine. When he isn't writing for the field apps team, he enjoys reading and playing his bass clarinet.


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Will there be an update allowing users to fill out configured forms via a browser, rather than the mobile Field Maps app? That would be a great addition for when the workflow is primarily about editing existing data, rather than adding new data.

Jeff Shaner
Jeff Shaner

Yes, absolutely. The form is stored within the web map itself and if you use the Map Viewer Beta, you’ll find the same form logic is used.

The Map Viewer Beta uses new form editing widgets that are a part of the 4.x JS API. As forms progress, you’ll see them appear in additional web apps moving forward.

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