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Electronic Data Collection
Science Services conducts numerous aquatic plant surveys in lakes across the state every summer, resulting in a large amount of data to store and manage. With over 100,000 pieces of information collected each year, researchers needed a streamlined method of data collection and entry from field to computer. To reduce data-handling time and increase efficiency, researchers began collecting data electronically in the field with Toughbook Laptop computers. This method also streamlined data transfer directly into GIS programs for mapping and analysis. Electronic data collection has saved substantial worker hours and dramatically improved turn-around time for data requests. Lake reports and data are now available to aquatic plant managers, consultants and individual lake associations almost as soon as it is collected.