Edit Tracking Workflow Questions

Discussion created by StephenSmithAOT on Feb 13, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2013 by StephenSmithAOT
I'm looking for a way to share data with a group of users and have them make changes to the data to make it more accurate.

Here is the workflow I was imagining:

  • Export data to shapefile

  • ZIP shapefile and upload

  • Create feature service

  • Enable editing and edit tracking

  • Make map and share with group

  • Users make changes to data

  • I review changes <---- this is where I have questions

  • Download updated dataset to re-integrate locally

I would like to review and validate any changes that the group makes in a separate map. This is where I am running into some issues. I want to be able to visually see any changes, additions, or deletions that the users make, but I can't seem to find a way to do this.

  1. The time filters function isn't very flexible. Why can't I create custom time filters? For example, "EditDate > 2/13/2013 11:17am"

  2. If I can't visually see the changes, I can at least look at the attribute table, right? Not quite, because the "CreationDate" and "EditDate" fields reflect the same information. Shouldn't one represent when a new feature was added and the other represent when it was changed (moved, or details changed)?

These seem to be major flaws in this basic and very common workflow. Any feedback you can provide would be most appreciated.