Methods of data collection have evolved dramatically since the annotated notebooks of the Geological Survey of Canada’s founder William Logan and his contemporaries. One thing that has not changed, however, is the importance of data capture.
Digital data capture in the field has been in practice at the Survey since the early1990s through the use of the field mapping software called FieldLog, which used early hand-held computers and the earliest laptops. Digital mapping tools such as FieldLog, and now GanFeld, automate and standardize on-site data collection by providing accurate locations, data entry forms, and a map-based interface for data visualization.
Additionally, in this digital world, Survey scientists have a wealth of data at their fingertips. They can access existing data and historic maps at the click of a button, enabling rapid analysis in support of mapping. Streamlined data collection also reduces processing and publication time, so that data can be shared across the Survey and with the public in a timely manner.