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==Functionality tested by==
==Functionality tested by==
* Oct. 29: Pascal Haegeli / QA Server / Test Version 0.32.00
* Dec. 23: Pascal Haegeli
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[[Category:Super User]][[Category:Operation Administrator]][[Category:Submission Moderator]][[Category:User]][[Category:Offline]][[Category:Observations]][[Category:Version 3.4.0]]

Revision as of 11:19, 23 December 2013

Permission All user levels with restrictions
Connectivity Online and Offline

This document describes the process for entering and submitting observations with a single computer setup to the InfoEx.


The process of entering and submitting observation with a single computer setup has two distinct phases:

  1. Entering observations
    • All users of an operation have the permissions to enter observations
    • Observations can be entered without connectivity
  2. Submitting observations to the InfoEx
    • Only users with submission moderator permissions or higher can submit the observations that have been entered on a computer to the InfoEx
    • Whereas it is possible to click on the submit button while being offline, the actual submission to the InfoEx requires connectivity. In this case submission will occur automatically the next time you connect to the internet.

The following section describes the steps included in both of these phases in detail.

Step-by-step description

Entering observations (all user levels)

Fig. 1: Observation menu for submission moderator in single computer mode
Click on the 'OBSERVATION' menu and select 'Enter & Submit' (Fig. 1). All user accounts associated with your operation have the necessary permission level to access this menu item.
Fig. 2: Observation summary table for submission moderator in single computer mode
This will open an observation overview table that lists all of the supported observation types (Fig. 2). If you are a user with only general user permissions, the Submit to InfoEx will be disabled on this screen.
3. Click on the ButtonAdd.png on the right end of the relevant observation type to open open the relevant observation entry form.
Fig. 3: Completed weather observation form
Enter all the information you have collected for your observation. Ensure that you complete all of the required fields, which are highlighted with a red * (Fig. 3).

Click on Save & Done to save the the observation to the local computer.

NOTE See Customizing observation entry forms for details on how to customize your observation entry forms
Fig. 4: Observation overview table for user in single computer setup with a single weather observations
This will get you back to the observation overview table with the entered observation showing in the appropriate table (Fig. 4).
6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have entered all of your observations.
7. Edit your observations as required.
  • Click on ButtonEdit.png at the right end of an existing observation row of a to edit it.
  • Click on ButtonCopy.png at the right end of an existing observation row to clone it.
NOTE This can be a useful tool for entering multiple observations (e.g., avalanche observations) that have similar characteristics. Once you entered the first observation, you can simply clone it. This will open a new observation entry screen prefilled with the values of the previously entered observation. You can then change whatever fields are different and click on Save & Done to save the observation.
  • Click on ButtonDelete.png at the right end of an existing observation row to delete it.
NOTE At this point, all the observation that you have entered are stored in the cache of your Google Chrome browser on your local machine. These observations will persist even if you completely close the browser or even turn off your computer completely.
NOTE All of these step can be completely regardless whether you are online and offline. See the top right corner of the application for view your online status.

Submitting observations (Submission moderator or higher)

1. Follow the steps described under Entering observations (all user levels) to enter observations or edit observation that have been entered on the same computer by other staff members.
Fig. 5: Observation overview table for submission moderator in single computer setup with a single weather observations
To submit all of your observations to the InfoEx, click on Submit to InfoEx in the bottom left corner of the observation overview table (Fig. 5).

You will receive a series of system messages confirming the upload of the observations.

Once the observations have been uploaded, the will be removed from your local cache and disappear from the observation overview tables.

NOTE Once observations have been submitted to the InfoEx, they cannot be edited or deleted again.
3. If you are not connected to the Internet (see top right corner for status) when you click on the Submit to InfoEx button, you will get a system message saying that your are currently offline, but that the observations automatically will be submitted as soon as you are online again. The observations will remain in the observation overview screen until they have been uploaded to the server.

Related documents

Functionality tested by

  • Dec. 23: Pascal Haegeli