Using ArcGIS

ArcGIS is "a platform for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge". We are using this platform as the repository for data collected in the RAY project, and will use it to release data to the public in the future.

Collecting Data

Collecting data in the field is a three step process, two of which involve ArcGIS.

Creating a new Feature

  1. Download the "Collector for ArcGIS" app for iPhone or Android. The app requires a phone with GPS - most modern phones should have this.
  2. On first launch you will need to sign in to the app with your school's ArcGIS login. The default password is radiation2014 - contact the admin if you can't log in or need to create an account.
  3. Open the map "RAY map 1.0" and add a new feature (click the "plus" button on the right hand side - see Fig. 1 and Fig.2 below)
  4. Fill in as many of the data fields as possible. Don't worry if you don't have some information, you can always add it later (you can even create this feature at school, provided you have the latitude and longitude of your location).
  5. Press submit to send the feature to the server!
Figure 1

Figure 1: Selecting the map in ArcGIS collector

Figure 2

Figure 2: Inputting location and other data for submission to ArcGIS

Collecting radiation data

Collect the data using the standard protocol for your chip, as outlined in the RAY guide or on the wiki here. Compress the data and documentation into a zip file, ready to be uploaded to ArcGIS.

Submitting collected data

  1. Log in to ArcGIS at, using the credentials you used before.
  2. Open the Radiation Around You group and select RAY map 1.0, as before
  3. Select the feature you created earlier (Fig. 3), and press Edit.
  4. Click the paperclip icon to add an attachment (Fig. 4), then upload the zip file containing your data and documentation.
  5. You have successfully contributed to the RAY project - thank you!
Figure 3

Figure 3: Viewing information for the feature you have created

Figure 4

Figure 4: Uploading the data file to ArcGIS

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