Field types

There are five types of fields in the editor:

Plain text boxes

For example, Name, Description and Objectives. These fields take ordinary text – you can simply type what you wish

Drop down lists

For example Environmental domain. These fields only accept certain pre-defined values. To complete them, just choose a value from the list.


Suggestion lists

For example keywords. These fields accept keywords from controlled vocabularies such as EnvThes. As you start to type a keyword, the keyword picker provides some suggestions, to accept one of the suggestions, simply click on it and the url of the keyword will also be filled in.

If the keyword you want is not in the suggestion list, you can simply continue to type and add any word or phrase.

If you wish to add a keyword from a controlled vocabulary that is not recommended by the keyword picker, you can simply type the keyword in the field and also type the associated url.



When entering dates, you must use the picker to ensure that dates you enter are formatted correctly. When you click on a field requiring a date, the date picker will open automatically on the current month. Use the left/right arrows to navigate to the date you wish to enter and then click on the correct date. You can navigate quickly to any date by clicking on the date header.



Bounding boxes

Location information for Activities, Programmes and Networks is defined by one or more bounding boxes. A bounding box is a rectangle defining the maximum north, south, east and west coordinates fully enclosing the location of a monitoring activity or programme.

The editor provides a tool to help you draw bounding boxes (Figure 9). To draw a bounding box, zoom in to the required area, select the drawing tool then click and drag the cursor to create the bounding box.

When adding a Facility record, the procedure is slightly different. Facilities don't have bounding boxes, they are normally sites or stations with a very specific location on the earth's surface. They can therefore be defined by a polygon or a point.



A point is a specific position on a map. To create a point, zoom in to the required area and level on the map, click on the pin tool and then click once on the map where you want the point to be set.


To create a polygon, zoom in on to the required area and level on the map, click on the drawing tool then click on the map at the first coordinate of your polygon, click again to add another point and continue until all your coordinates are added. Double-click to finish drawing.