Need to track a specific stewardship activity or the number of bird nests in trees in your inventory? OpenTreeMap enables map owners to create their own custom fields on the fly. This post takes you through the steps to do just that.
Step 1: Click on the “Manage” tab in the top navigation. Once on the “Manage” page, click on the “Custom Fields” on the left side menu, as demonstrated in the animated GIF below.
Step 2: In the “Field Name” box, type whatever you wish to track. For instance, in the GIF below I typed in “Bird House”, which I can track either as part of my “Trees” or my “Planting Sites”. Next, select the “Field Type”: Number, Decimal, List of Choices, Text or Date. Pick whichever applies to the field you are creating.
In my example, I selected “List of Choices”, then typed in “Yes” or “No” because I want to be able to track whether there are bird houses in the trees in my inventory or not. Basically, “List of Choices” enables you to determine a list of any possibilities of your choice that will appear in a drop down menu. After you are finished, click on the “Create Custom Field” button. Your custom field is now created, but you now need to determine the levels of permission you will grant to the users of your map. That’s step #3.
Step 3: Once your custom field has been created, a series of roles appear underneath it: “Administrator”; “Editor”; “Public”. You can decide there if you want to give “Full Write Access”; ‘Read Only”; or “Invisible” , i.e No Access, to your different users . Once you have set the permissions scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Update Fields” button.
Step 4: In order to finalize your custom field and make it visible to your different types of users, navigate to the “Roles” page by clicking on the “Roles” in the left side menu. By default you will land under the “Administrator” role (you can see it in the “Update Existing Role” at the top of the page), which you can change to “Editor” or “Public”. Select your newly created custom field (you might have to refresh your page) and set the permission you wish to grant for each of your types of users, click the “Update” button at the bottom on the page. The GIF below shows the setting of the custom field “Bird House” to be “Full Write Access”.
Step 5: Navigate to a tree’s detail page on your tree map. Your newly created custom field now appears as part of your Tree Information.