Blog discussion: Make your first Collector map

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12-06-2018 03:19 PM
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by Esri Regular Contributor
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I've written a blog to take you through making your first map for Collector. You'll learn how to prepare a new layer (including setting choices for one of your form entries), put your layer into a map, and then use the map in Collector. If you read Try Collector the map you are making will be familiar: it is the map of parks that you used when trying Collector. Give it a read and try making the map, then come here to discuss it.

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I am trying to set up a map for use in Collector but I do not have an option under My Content to "Create and choose Feature Layer to open the Create a feature layer dialog." The only options I have are Map, Scene, or App > Using a Template/ 

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Hi Julie McLaughlin‌ - You'll need to have the privilege to create content and publish hosted feature layers. These are included with the user types of Creator and GIS Professional by default. Are you using ArcGIS Online, or ArcGIS Enterprise, and do you know what your privileges are? If not, you'll want to work with the administrator of your organization.

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Hi Kylie, I figured it out - apparently I needed to activate a subscription. 

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Hello Kylie,

I've got a newbie question for you.   I'm just getting started with Collector and followed your tutorial for making a collector map.  How do I add a field to capture the receiver accuracy data?

The sample map for "Streetlight Inspections" is closer to what I need for my project.  

I'm using collector with an Enterprise account that won't let me post here.

Thanks

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Hi Morgan! Welcome to Collector  In `Part 1: Prepare a layer`, after you click `Create` in step 3 (and in the same dialog as you rename the layer in step 4) there is a checkbox `Capture GPS receiver information` (you see that briefly at the end of the animation for step 3). If you check that box, your layer will include all the fields needed for high accuracy data collection. 

You might also find this section of the doc `Prepare your data to record GPS metadata` useful: Prepare for high-accuracy data collection—Collector for ArcGIS | Documentation 

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Thanks!  I hadn't scrolled down far enough.

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Hi. I've followed the instructions to create a collector map.  I have found that new fields do not appear by default in the Collector app.  To make them appear I have to go into the feature layer's pop-up settings, then select "configure attributes" and then place a tick in teh "display" box for each of the new fields.  I'm sure I didn't used to have to do this, did something change in a recent update to AGOL?

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Hi Tom -- When you add the layer to a map, the popup will be made based on the information (fields) in the map at the time. If you then add another field, it won't appear in the popup until you add it in for display, as you gave steps for in your post. In the blog, since you add all the fields before adding the layer to the map, you shouldn't need to go in and edit the popup. If you add the layer to the map earlier than the fields are added to the layer, then you will need to. I'm still seeing this behavior.

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