On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining has leveraged Survey123 for ArcGIS over the last year and a half to capture the location of reported explosive devices, record hazardous areas and interview and support victims and survivors. We devote this update to GICHD and to all organizations committed to make a difference for those who suffer the long lasting consequences of war.
To learn more about GIHCD and their work with Survey123, watch this video:
Next, lets describe the highlights for this update:
Starting with this release, you can add signature questions into your surveys, right from Web Designer.
Signature questions are supported in both Web Forms as well as the Survey123 field app and present to the end user a simple black-over-white signature pad.
Signatures are stored as attachments, like other images.
Rules: Rules in Web Designer allow you to define simple conditional statements to control the visibility of questions in your form. Using rules, you can dramatically simplify your forms, ensuring that users are only presented questions relevant to them. To define a rule, you need to first select a question of type Single Choice, Dropdown, Likert or Rating. At that point, the Set Rule option will be enabled so you can define what questions will be shown when a particular choice or rating is selected. Up until this update, rules were only supported in Web Designer for single choice questions.
Autocomplete: You can now enable autocomplete on questions of type dropdown. This is particularly useful when working with long choice lists.
Compact choice lists: A new 'horizontal compact' appearance has been added to single and multiple choice questions. Use this appearance if you want the choices to be arranged horizontally, but preserving as much space as possible.
Date questions: Date questions have been enhanced in Web Designer so you can control if the calendar control should let users define a complete date (Year, Month and Day), or simply the year or the year and the month.
Bug fixes and other enhancements:
Version 2.7 of the Survey123 field app and Connect does not come with major new functionality, but it is loaded with many fixes and enhancements. Lets start with a selection of critical fixes:
And here a list of the most relevant enhancements in the Survey123 field app and Connect:
If you are a developer building your own version of Survey123, you can also now download the latest code from AppStudio for ArcGIS.
Looking at next steps beyond 2.7, we have already a handful of projects that have made sufficient progress as to be shared in a near-term road map. Our next major release will be 3.0, which we envision shipping around July 2018. If needed, we may squeeze 2.8 and 2.9 as maintenance releases with critical fixes, but 3.0 in July will be the update with the most relevant new features, of which I want to highlight:
A lot in the plate as you can see for 3.0. Our focus however it is not going to deviate from listening carefully to all your feedback through this GeoNet Group, so keep your questions and suggestions coming!
There are many other ideas in our backlog including survey pages, support for polygons and lines, on-premises setup of all components of Survey123 and many other enhancements which remain as high priority in our list, but will see the light after the 3.0 release.
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