Field Book - Take notes on Field Research Plots
Field Book is one of the apps developed for the One Handheld Per Breeder initiative. Field Book is a simple app that can be used by researchers to easily take notes on field research plots. Other digital note-taking tools are often complex spreadsheet applications that don't allow for fast and flexible data entry or are created for proprietary and expensive hardware which is inaccessible for many research groups.
Using open-source software and relatively inexpensive phone and tablet hardware, we have created a platform that will allow researchers to replace hard-copy field books, thus alleviating the possibility of transcription errors. Creating this system also allows useful and modern technology to be used in environments where cost and inflexibility have been limiting factors. Data input is customized for a large number of data types including numeric, percentage, categorical, multicategorical, date, Boolean, text, counter, rust score, photo, and audio. These data types allow the user to created custom traits to suit their own personal needs.