Saving Time and Reducing Errors by Moving from Paper to Digital Data Entry Forms

Sanibel Island rice rat

Fulcrum is a mobile device-based field survey tool that can collect data fully offline and sync it back to a central cloud-hosted service for mapping and analysis. Fulcrum’s browser-based form builder allows biologists to design complex digital data collection sheets in a simple drag and drop format, no coding knowledge required. FWRI’s Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring program transitioned from paper data collection sheets to Fulcrum’s digital data collection sheets to maximize efficiency in the field and improve data quality by eliminating data copying errors. Mobile data collection has been instrumental to the success of the Sanibel Island Rice Rat Project, a collaborative effort between FWRI, the University of Florida, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to determine habitat selection by the Sanibel Island rice rat. Data from this project will be used to inform restoration efforts and habitat management decisions.