Let's Get Started!

  1. Turn on the LAS Science mobile device and tap the ODK Collect icon to open ODK Collect.
  2.  You will see the home screen, which lists five options: Fill Blank Form, Edit Saved Form, Send Finalized Form, Get Blank Form and Delete Saved Form.

3. Select "Fill Blank Form." Select the form you are using for your class.

4. Enter data into the form, swiping from right-to-left with your finger to get to the next questions. Enter data in all required fields. If you are using GPS coordinates, wait till the accuracy is below 15m before submitting the entry.

4. When you're finished, make sure that the "Mark form as finalized" checkbox remains checked, and hit the "Save Form and Exit" button. If the "Mark Form as finalized" checkbox is unchecked, you will be able to go back later and edit the information in the form, opting to save it as finalized later.

Review Saved Data

1. On the ODK Collect Home screen, you can review the data you collected, whether it's been saved as incomplete or saved as complete. Select "Edit Saved Form" and choose the data submission you'd like to review. You can correct any mistakes or update the submission, opting to save your changes or ignore any changes made.

2. If you would like to edit form submissions, you can do so regardless of whether you selected "Mark as finalized" when you finished entering data. Tap the fields you wish to edit to get back to the form entry. Once finished, hit the back button on your device and save or ignore your changes.


Send Finalized Form

Once you're done entering and reviewing data in the field, you're ready to send it to ODK Aggregate so you can access it online later. You must have an Internet connection to proceed with this step.

1. Make sure your device is accessing the Internet, either via a WiFi connection or a data plan on a cellular service.

2. Open ODK Collect and select "Send Finalized Form."

3. Check the box next to the entries that you wish to send. Those are the data submissions you entered in the field. The green check mark denotes selected files to be sent. You can select them individually or Toggle All.

4. Hit "Send Selected." Your files will send over the network to the LAS network. You will see a message on your mobile device saying your data was sent successfully (or not, depending on your Internet connection).

5. You have submitted your results! Now it’s time to analyze your data! View Your Data with Google Fusion Tables

  1. Go to Google Fusion Tables at and log in with your LAS account and open the CSV file that your teacher provided you with. This is a compilation of all the data points you and your peers collected. (1:00)
  1. If the photos are displayed as a link in the Fusion Table, press the Image column, and select Change. Here you can transform the link under the type tab to a 1-line, 2-line or 8-line image depending on the desired size of the photo (1.27)
  2. If the location of the map is not accurate on the map tab, click on the latitude column within the table, select Change and change the type tab to location. If the latitude and longtitude are separated into two columns then press two columns and designate the columns that have the gps coordinates. This should help place the points accurately on the map (1:50-2:19)

3. If you would like to change how the info window looks like, click Change Map and press “Change Info Window.” If you want to have photos appear alongside your data submissions on the map, you can do so by selecting the image column to be included in the information display. (2:30-3:22)

4. Change the colours and style of your map points by clicking on Change Map and Change Feature Styles. This can help you better identify trends in the data by sorting the points by date, location etc. Under Marker Icon you can choose from 3 different ways to style the icon; fixed, column and buckets (3:25)

  1. Fixed: use only one colored icon style that will be used for all the data points (3:35)
  2. Column: allows you to use varying styles depending on what code you indicated in the designated column. Each row should have a marker icon name specified in this column.  These icon styles can be found on and can produce variance within your graph (3:43-4:17)
  3. Bucket: enables you to sort quantity data using ranges eg. height, wingspan, year. Each range will be a different colour. (4:18-5:05)

5. Fusion tables allows you to sort and edit your data. You easily filter through the data on the rows tab, but also in the maps and chart tabs which may help you find trends and changes in the data. (5:28)

6. Remember you can always add more rows by clicking on File and then Import more rows or you can add a row or column under the edit heading. (5:06)

7. When you are done creating your chart, maps, graph etc. Save your document or share it with others using the blue SHARE button on the top right hand corner of the screen. (6:06)

View Your Data in Google Earth

You can also view your data in Google Earth. This is a good alternative to viewing your data in Fusion Tables if you want to add more information to enhance your map, such as points, lines and polygons to better tell the story about your data.

  1. On the maps tab, click on File - download in KML format to create a KML file (6:21)
  2. Once the file has finished downloading, find the file in Google Earth. FILE- OPEN. You should see placemarks for each data submission. If you click on a placemark to open the pop-up balloon, you should see a table with the data values for that submission. (6:43)



Tip: Once you have imported your data into Google Earth, you can add additional points, lines and polygons to tell a story about your field data collection results. Learn how to Annotate Google Earth.

If there is historical imagery available for the region you are working in, you can see the changes over time. Learn more about historical imagery in Google Earth.

Thanks for Participating in Citizen Science!