Survey123 for ArcGIS (World Wildlife Day 2017 Update)

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[Source: Survey123 for ArcGIS Blog in GeoNet]

This is a minor maintenance update focused on the survey123 web site and our humble tribute to the World Wildlife Day.  World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.

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Remember to clear your web browser cache to  benefit from this update !

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Localization

While the Survey123 Connect and the Survey123 field app have been available for months in all languages supported in ArcGIS, the Survey123 web site was only available in English.  With this update we add support in the Survey123 web site for the following languages:

Bosnian Croatian Czech Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) Dutch Estonian
Finnish French Greek Indonesian Italian Japanese
German Korean Latvian Lithuanian Russian Serbian
Norwegian Polish Romanian Portuguese (Brazil) Thai Spanish
Swedish Turkish Danish Simplified Chinese Vietnamese

The language to be used in the web site will be determined by the logged-in user’s profile. If no preferred language is found in the profile, then the default language of the ArcGIS organization will be used. If no language is set in the organization the language set in the web browser will be matched.

In the table of supported languages above you will note that Arabic and Hebrew are missing. We will work on supporting them in our next update.

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Enhancements to Public Survey Sharing

Since we launched support for Public Surveys in November 2016, we have seen many exciting uses of them for crowd-sourcing and citizen science initiatives. Public surveys have also become a favorite among educators in schools and universities.

In this update, we have refined the process for sharing surveys in the Collaborate page of survey123.arcgis.com. The new enhancements are actually equally valid for private surveys, but the changes have been driven mostly by usage of Public Surveys. Thanks to Amy (Geoporter), Joseph (Esri EdCommunity), Dr Muki (ExciteS), Dave (USDAD-NCRS) and Sara (CoastWatch) for your feedback!

Surveys can be easily shared with users via a simple link that you can embed in a web site, include in an e-mail, or promote through social media. Through the Collaborate tab in the Survey123 web site you can generate links that will launch your survey in a web browser and the Survey123 field app. In this update creating links is easier than ever before, as shown in the next animation.

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If you plan to use survey links to help people open your survey in the Survey123 field app, there are a couple of reasons why this update matters. First, because the new links can now be embedded into virtually any web site, blog and social media. The second because it is bullet-proof even for some Android devices where in the past some of you reported that survey links were being blocked by the operating system or some applications.

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Other minor enhancements and fixes

Some minor fixes (BUG-000102897, BUG-000102122) as well as cosmetic enhancements are also included in the Survey123 web site. Most notably, a redesign of the Create New Survey dialog, to make it easier for beginners to understand the differences between the web and desktop survey authoring environments.

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Finally, if using surveys from a web browser in a mobile device, you will notice a smoother user experience when submitting locations.

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A small focused update as you can see but with some key enhancements and fixes!  Our next release is planned for late March and will bring exciting new features that you can try already through our Survey123 for ArcGIS Beta Program.

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