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Last updated September 17th 2020

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Manage forest monitoring teams with Forest Watcher Web

Forest Watcher Web is the supplementary online web application for the Forest Watcher mobile app. Forest Watcher Web can be used to manage areas of interest, customize report templates, configure a team of users and review and download reports submitted through the mobile app.

Below you’ll find information on how to set up Forest Watcher Web, define an area of interest, create report templates, review reports submitted by your team and manage your team.

Set up Forest Watcher Web

  1. Log in with either Facebook, Twitter or Google. To sync Forest Watcher Web with the mobile app, log in with the same account information.
Log in to Forest Watcher Web using one of the available options.
  1. After logging in, you will be brought to the areas page. You can change the language of the website using the language drop-down menu on the top right.
Change the website language to English, Spanish, French, Indonesian or Portuguese.
  1. Navigate through Forest Watcher Web using the top menu.
    1. Areas: Manage your saved areas of interest and the reports created within an area or create a new area of interest on the areas webpage. Areas of interest can be assigned to particular teams for monitoring.
    2. Templates: Customize a new reporting template and access the reports created with a saved report template on the templates webpage. Report templates are used by team members in the field to document any findings.
    3. Reports: Access all submitted reports on the reports webpage. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field.
    4. Settings: Manage your teams on the settings webpage. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account.

Create an area of interest

  1. Click “Areas” on the top menu to navigate to the area webpage. Areas saved to your account will be shown here. Areas of interest are areas that you define and can assign to a team to monitor forest change within. To create a new area of interest, click “Add Area.”
Click “Add Area” to create a new area of interest.
  1. There are two options for creating an area of interest on Forest Watcher Web: Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile.
Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile to create an area of interest.
  1. To draw an area of interest on the map, start by either searching for an address, country, or coordinates or zooming in to an area. To search by address, country or coordinates, click on the search icon on the top right of the map. To zoom in to an area, center the map over the area you want to zoom in on then click the zoom in “+” icon on the top right.
    1. Once the map is zoomed in on your area of interest, click the draw a polygon icon below the zoom out “-” icon. From here, define your area of interest by clicking on the map to place points. The points will define the boundaries of your areas of interest. To close your shape, either click “Finish” or click on the first point you made.
    2. When your shape is complete, enter a name for the area in the text box on the bottom right then click “Save.”
Click the search icon to search for an area on the map.
Click on the map to create points, forming your area of interest.
Close your shape then name your area and click “Save.”
  1. To create an area of interest by uploading a shapefile, click “Upload Shapefile” on the bottom left and select an existing shapefile from your computer. The maximum file size is 1MB and maximum size area is 1,500 square kilometers (150,000 hectares). Learn more about shapefile restrictions by clicking the information “i” icon. Once the shapefile is uploaded, it will appear on the map.
Click “Upload Shapefile” to upload a shapefile from your computer.
  1. Once your area of interest is saved, it will be accessible on the areas webpage.
Access your saved area on the areas webpage.

Create and manage report templates

  1. Click “Templates” on the top menu to navigate to the templates webpage. From here, you can create and manage report templates. Report templates can be used by a team to document any findings while in the field.
Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template.
  1. Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template. From here, select the area that the new report template will be assigned to as well as the default language by using the drop-down menus.
Select the area to assign the report template to and the default language.
  1. Enter a name for the template in the text box, then start adding questions to your report template.
Name your report template.
  1. Select your preferred question format by clicking the drop-down menu. There are five formats available: Text, image, single selection, multiple selection and number.
    1. Text, image and number question formats require the team member to input a response when filling out a report. Single selection and multiple selection provide options for the forest monitor to select from.
    2. For the single selection and multiple selection formats, you can use conditionality statements to ask for more information if a specific answer is selected.
Type your question and select your preferred question format.
Add a conditionality statement to ask for more information.
  1. You can make a question required by clicking the required icon on the bottom right of the question box. Required questions must be filled out by team members when filling out a report and unrequired questions can be skipped.
  2. Click “Add Question” to add an additional question to the report template.
  3. Once the report template is complete, activate it by clicking the unpublished/published icon on the bottom then clicking “Save.” Once a report template is published, it can no longer be edited. Only publish a report template once it is complete. Otherwise, click “Save” to save it as a draft and edit it later.
Publish the report template when it’s finalized then click “Save.”
  1. Once the report template is published and saved, it will automatically replace the baseline report template for the selected area. The report template will be accessible on the templates webpage.
Access your saved report templates on the templates webpage

Review submitted reports

  1. Click “Reports” on the top menu to navigate to the reports webpage and view your team’s reports. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field. You can filter reports by area, date or template; or you can search for a report.
Click “Reports” to view your team’s submitted reports.
  1. Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all reports in a .csv file. This is helpful for reviewing all reports submitted by your team at once.
Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all submitted reports.

Manage your team

  1. Navigate to the settings page to set up, view and edit your team. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account. If you already have a team set up, edit it by clicking “Edit” on the top right.
Click “Settings” to set up and manage your team.
  1. Enter a name for your team in the text box and assign any associated areas of interest to the team. Multiple areas of interest can be selected. Add team members by entering their emails then clicking “Add.” Team members must have a MyGFW account. Once done, click “Save.” .” Added team members will receive a confirmation email.
Name your team, select which areas to assign it and add team members.
  1. Your team will be accessible from the “My team” tab of the settings webpage. 
Access your team on the “My team” tab of the settings webpage.
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Last updated September 17th 2020

Global Forest Watch Help Center

https://www.globalforestwatch.org/help

Manage forest monitoring teams with Forest Watcher Web

Forest Watcher Web is the supplementary online web application for the Forest Watcher mobile app. Forest Watcher Web can be used to manage areas of interest, customize report templates, configure a team of users and review and download reports submitted through the mobile app.

Below you’ll find information on how to set up Forest Watcher Web, define an area of interest, create report templates, review reports submitted by your team and manage your team.

Set up Forest Watcher Web

  1. Log in with either Facebook, Twitter or Google. To sync Forest Watcher Web with the mobile app, log in with the same account information.
Log in to Forest Watcher Web using one of the available options.
  1. After logging in, you will be brought to the areas page. You can change the language of the website using the language drop-down menu on the top right.
Change the website language to English, Spanish, French, Indonesian or Portuguese.
  1. Navigate through Forest Watcher Web using the top menu.
    1. Areas: Manage your saved areas of interest and the reports created within an area or create a new area of interest on the areas webpage. Areas of interest can be assigned to particular teams for monitoring.
    2. Templates: Customize a new reporting template and access the reports created with a saved report template on the templates webpage. Report templates are used by team members in the field to document any findings.
    3. Reports: Access all submitted reports on the reports webpage. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field.
    4. Settings: Manage your teams on the settings webpage. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account.

Create an area of interest

  1. Click “Areas” on the top menu to navigate to the area webpage. Areas saved to your account will be shown here. Areas of interest are areas that you define and can assign to a team to monitor forest change within. To create a new area of interest, click “Add Area.”
Click “Add Area” to create a new area of interest.
  1. There are two options for creating an area of interest on Forest Watcher Web: Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile.
Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile to create an area of interest.
  1. To draw an area of interest on the map, start by either searching for an address, country, or coordinates or zooming in to an area. To search by address, country or coordinates, click on the search icon on the top right of the map. To zoom in to an area, center the map over the area you want to zoom in on then click the zoom in “+” icon on the top right.
    1. Once the map is zoomed in on your area of interest, click the draw a polygon icon below the zoom out “-” icon. From here, define your area of interest by clicking on the map to place points. The points will define the boundaries of your areas of interest. To close your shape, either click “Finish” or click on the first point you made.
    2. When your shape is complete, enter a name for the area in the text box on the bottom right then click “Save.”
Click the search icon to search for an area on the map.
Click on the map to create points, forming your area of interest.
Close your shape then name your area and click “Save.”
  1. To create an area of interest by uploading a shapefile, click “Upload Shapefile” on the bottom left and select an existing shapefile from your computer. The maximum file size is 1MB and maximum size area is 1,500 square kilometers (150,000 hectares). Learn more about shapefile restrictions by clicking the information “i” icon. Once the shapefile is uploaded, it will appear on the map.
Click “Upload Shapefile” to upload a shapefile from your computer.
  1. Once your area of interest is saved, it will be accessible on the areas webpage.
Access your saved area on the areas webpage.

Create and manage report templates

  1. Click “Templates” on the top menu to navigate to the templates webpage. From here, you can create and manage report templates. Report templates can be used by a team to document any findings while in the field.
Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template.
  1. Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template. From here, select the area that the new report template will be assigned to as well as the default language by using the drop-down menus.
Select the area to assign the report template to and the default language.
  1. Enter a name for the template in the text box, then start adding questions to your report template.
Name your report template.
  1. Select your preferred question format by clicking the drop-down menu. There are five formats available: Text, image, single selection, multiple selection and number.
    1. Text, image and number question formats require the team member to input a response when filling out a report. Single selection and multiple selection provide options for the forest monitor to select from.
    2. For the single selection and multiple selection formats, you can use conditionality statements to ask for more information if a specific answer is selected.
Type your question and select your preferred question format.
Add a conditionality statement to ask for more information.
  1. You can make a question required by clicking the required icon on the bottom right of the question box. Required questions must be filled out by team members when filling out a report and unrequired questions can be skipped.
  2. Click “Add Question” to add an additional question to the report template.
  3. Once the report template is complete, activate it by clicking the unpublished/published icon on the bottom then clicking “Save.” Once a report template is published, it can no longer be edited. Only publish a report template once it is complete. Otherwise, click “Save” to save it as a draft and edit it later.
Publish the report template when it’s finalized then click “Save.”
  1. Once the report template is published and saved, it will automatically replace the baseline report template for the selected area. The report template will be accessible on the templates webpage.
Access your saved report templates on the templates webpage

Review submitted reports

  1. Click “Reports” on the top menu to navigate to the reports webpage and view your team’s reports. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field. You can filter reports by area, date or template; or you can search for a report.
Click “Reports” to view your team’s submitted reports.
  1. Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all reports in a .csv file. This is helpful for reviewing all reports submitted by your team at once.
Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all submitted reports.

Manage your team

  1. Navigate to the settings page to set up, view and edit your team. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account. If you already have a team set up, edit it by clicking “Edit” on the top right.
Click “Settings” to set up and manage your team.
  1. Enter a name for your team in the text box and assign any associated areas of interest to the team. Multiple areas of interest can be selected. Add team members by entering their emails then clicking “Add.” Team members must have a MyGFW account. Once done, click “Save.” .” Added team members will receive a confirmation email.
Name your team, select which areas to assign it and add team members.
  1. Your team will be accessible from the “My team” tab of the settings webpage. 
Access your team on the “My team” tab of the settings webpage.
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Manage forest monitoring teams with Forest Watcher Web

Forest Watcher Web is the supplementary online web application for the Forest Watcher mobile app. Forest Watcher Web can be used to manage areas of interest, customize report templates, configure a team of users and review and download reports submitted through the mobile app.

Below you’ll find information on how to set up Forest Watcher Web, define an area of interest, create report templates, review reports submitted by your team and manage your team.

Set up Forest Watcher Web

  1. Log in with either Facebook, Twitter or Google. To sync Forest Watcher Web with the mobile app, log in with the same account information.
Log in to Forest Watcher Web using one of the available options.
  1. After logging in, you will be brought to the areas page. You can change the language of the website using the language drop-down menu on the top right.
Change the website language to English, Spanish, French, Indonesian or Portuguese.
  1. Navigate through Forest Watcher Web using the top menu.
    1. Areas: Manage your saved areas of interest and the reports created within an area or create a new area of interest on the areas webpage. Areas of interest can be assigned to particular teams for monitoring.
    2. Templates: Customize a new reporting template and access the reports created with a saved report template on the templates webpage. Report templates are used by team members in the field to document any findings.
    3. Reports: Access all submitted reports on the reports webpage. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field.
    4. Settings: Manage your teams on the settings webpage. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account.

Create an area of interest

  1. Click “Areas” on the top menu to navigate to the area webpage. Areas saved to your account will be shown here. Areas of interest are areas that you define and can assign to a team to monitor forest change within. To create a new area of interest, click “Add Area.”
Click “Add Area” to create a new area of interest.
  1. There are two options for creating an area of interest on Forest Watcher Web: Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile.
Draw a shape on the map or upload a shapefile to create an area of interest.
  1. To draw an area of interest on the map, start by either searching for an address, country, or coordinates or zooming in to an area. To search by address, country or coordinates, click on the search icon on the top right of the map. To zoom in to an area, center the map over the area you want to zoom in on then click the zoom in “+” icon on the top right.
    1. Once the map is zoomed in on your area of interest, click the draw a polygon icon below the zoom out “-” icon. From here, define your area of interest by clicking on the map to place points. The points will define the boundaries of your areas of interest. To close your shape, either click “Finish” or click on the first point you made.
    2. When your shape is complete, enter a name for the area in the text box on the bottom right then click “Save.”
Click the search icon to search for an area on the map.
Click on the map to create points, forming your area of interest.
Close your shape then name your area and click “Save.”
  1. To create an area of interest by uploading a shapefile, click “Upload Shapefile” on the bottom left and select an existing shapefile from your computer. The maximum file size is 1MB and maximum size area is 1,500 square kilometers (150,000 hectares). Learn more about shapefile restrictions by clicking the information “i” icon. Once the shapefile is uploaded, it will appear on the map.
Click “Upload Shapefile” to upload a shapefile from your computer.
  1. Once your area of interest is saved, it will be accessible on the areas webpage.
Access your saved area on the areas webpage.

Create and manage report templates

  1. Click “Templates” on the top menu to navigate to the templates webpage. From here, you can create and manage report templates. Report templates can be used by a team to document any findings while in the field.
Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template.
  1. Click “Create a Template” to create a new report template. From here, select the area that the new report template will be assigned to as well as the default language by using the drop-down menus.
Select the area to assign the report template to and the default language.
  1. Enter a name for the template in the text box, then start adding questions to your report template.
Name your report template.
  1. Select your preferred question format by clicking the drop-down menu. There are five formats available: Text, image, single selection, multiple selection and number.
    1. Text, image and number question formats require the team member to input a response when filling out a report. Single selection and multiple selection provide options for the forest monitor to select from.
    2. For the single selection and multiple selection formats, you can use conditionality statements to ask for more information if a specific answer is selected.
Type your question and select your preferred question format.
Add a conditionality statement to ask for more information.
  1. You can make a question required by clicking the required icon on the bottom right of the question box. Required questions must be filled out by team members when filling out a report and unrequired questions can be skipped.
  2. Click “Add Question” to add an additional question to the report template.
  3. Once the report template is complete, activate it by clicking the unpublished/published icon on the bottom then clicking “Save.” Once a report template is published, it can no longer be edited. Only publish a report template once it is complete. Otherwise, click “Save” to save it as a draft and edit it later.
Publish the report template when it’s finalized then click “Save.”
  1. Once the report template is published and saved, it will automatically replace the baseline report template for the selected area. The report template will be accessible on the templates webpage.
Access your saved report templates on the templates webpage

Review submitted reports

  1. Click “Reports” on the top menu to navigate to the reports webpage and view your team’s reports. Reports are filled out and submitted by team members and include information on what they found while in the field. You can filter reports by area, date or template; or you can search for a report.
Click “Reports” to view your team’s submitted reports.
  1. Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all reports in a .csv file. This is helpful for reviewing all reports submitted by your team at once.
Click “Download Answers” to download answers from all submitted reports.

Manage your team

  1. Navigate to the settings page to set up, view and edit your team. Teams can be made up of any team members with a MyGFW account and can be assigned any areas of interest saved to your account. If you already have a team set up, edit it by clicking “Edit” on the top right.
Click “Settings” to set up and manage your team.
  1. Enter a name for your team in the text box and assign any associated areas of interest to the team. Multiple areas of interest can be selected. Add team members by entering their emails then clicking “Add.” Team members must have a MyGFW account. Once done, click “Save.” .” Added team members will receive a confirmation email.
Name your team, select which areas to assign it and add team members.
  1. Your team will be accessible from the “My team” tab of the settings webpage. 
Access your team on the “My team” tab of the settings webpage.

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