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Using edits to engage the community

As more people begin to use your tree map and add their trees to the map each edit they make to the map is recorded. Anything that is changed on the map is recorded and can be seen on the “Edits” page. The “Edits” page is public and can be viewed by anyone. You don’t need an OpenTreeMap account to access the “Edits” page. 

This article describes the various functions of the “Edits” page and how you can use the “Edits” page as a tool to engage active users as well as those who are not as regularly contributing to your tree map. On the “Edits” page you can sort through “Type” or “Object ID” or “Edited by” fields. Below are ways to edit and sort the data on your tree map.

To find the “Edits” page you will click on the “View Edits” tab at the top of your tree map webpage.

2014_12_8_View Edits

From the "Edits" page you can click on the different column fields by which you want to sort the data. You can sort edits is by "Type" by clicking on either "Tree" or "Planting Site" inside the table.


2014_12_8_Sorting Edits by Type

If you wanted to see all the edits done by a user you can click under the "Edited by" column on the username you want to sort by.

2014_12_8_Sort by username

You can also sort by the “Object ID” This is helpful if you want to see all the edits that pertain to a certain Tree. For instance, if you are browsing your tree map and clicked on a tree and saw something seemed incorrect, you are able to go to your “Edits” page and look up that Tree’s number under the “Object’s Id” column. You can see who made the edit to the incorrect field. You could then track other edits by this user to identify if they are making the correct edits to trees or if they are being malicious.

To find the tree number you will need to navigate to the “Detail” page for that particular tree by either clicking on it in the map or from the “Edits” page as seen in the GIF below. Once you are on the “Detail” page you will see a heading titled “Tree Information”, just under this heading, the first row is titled “Tree Number” next to that will be the assigned number for that tree. Only trees will have a tree number, planting sites will not.

2014_12_8_Sorting Edits by Object ID

If you ever need to start over and reset your sorting. Just click on the "Reset" button found at the top of the "Edits" page.

2014_12_8_Reset Filter

Now that you understand the various functions of the "Edits" page here are some way to use it to engage your community: 

Use the "Edits" page to identify to most active map users. You can even have a friendly competition and award the most active members by selecting, for example, a Tree Mapper of the Month" and announce the winner on your organization's social media outlets. Being able to showcase those who are actively using the tree map will show others in the community how easy and fun mapping trees can be.

Create a transparent updating system. Anyone with or without a OpenTreeMap account and view the "Edits" page and see who is adding what to the map. This allows for people to click on a tree in their neighborhood and see what user added the tree. Being transparent helps more people in the community feel included in the planting process. 

Demonstrate consensus. The idea of consensus can improve the rate at which people begin using your tree map. For an example; you can generate a report showing user "XYZ" has mapped 10 trees in neighborhood "ABC" for those 10 trees you can see that there was 42 gallons of stormwater filtered. This can show community members the power of mapping their trees and how much value trees bring to the neighborhood.

Note: All the information available to the public on the "Edits" page is anonymous; only the username is visible.

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