In some cases, it is beneficial for projects to include a repeatable field option in their data upload forms. For instance, a data collector might see multiple species at one location, during one observation. Rather than completing the entire data upload form multiple times, repeatable fields allow data collectors to enter multiple instances of a field or set of fields in one form upload.
When this option is enabled for a project, data collectors will see an option to add additional data within one section. In the example below, this means data collectors can click +Add Frog & Toad Observation and include further instances of identified species and their call intensity.
The data collector will then see an additional instance of the Frog and Toad Observation fields that they can fill out, along with an option to add further instances of data for this field.
|There is no limit to the data that may be added to a single observation. However, only one portion of the data upload form may be repeatable. For example, in the form at right, because the “Order Data” section is repeatable, the “Tree Data” section cannot also repeat.|
It is important to note that when repeatable fields are used, they will show up in tables and data downloads as multiple rows. In the example below, the rows of data from a location in Spartan Meadow are from a repeatable field and all note the same date, time, and longitude and latitude.
Scrolling to the right in the table, you can see that each species noted during this observation is listed in a different row.
|Likewise, when a data file is downloaded, the data associated with the repeatable field will populate in each row.||And the data gathered in the repeatable fields section will show the specific data points for that section.|