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Can I contribute?

If the project’s settings allow it, every person accessing it can be a contributor. Sometimes administrators of a project can restrict contributing either to registered users or only to some specific users.


Let’s contribute!

Step 1: Drawing a shape

The first step when adding a new contribution is to draw the shape of it on the map: it can either be a point, a line, or an area - whichever best represents current information. Only one shape can be drawn for each contribution.

Please note that the drawn shape can be changed and edited once a contribution has been added to the project.

Points

Points are used for mapping single spots, such as bus stops or monuments. They are placed with a single mouse click anywhere on the map.

Placing a point on the map

Lines

Lines are used for mapping paths, roads, etc. They are drawn by adding points alongside the path, and finished with a mouse click on the last point. Points are connected together automatically to form a single line.

Drawing a line on the map

Areas

Areas are used for mapping bigger objects, such as buildings, parks, lakes. They are drawn by adding points around an object, and finished with a mouse click on the first point. Points are connected together automatically and the object is filled in with a colour to form an area.

Drawing an area on the map

Step 2: Choosing a category

We already know that every contribution belongs to a category, so the second step is to choose one for a new contribution. The list of categories shows all active categories that can be used and how many fields have been added to each category.

Choosing a category for new contribution

When a category is selected, all the fields of that category are loaded to the form.

Please note that the chosen category cannot be changed once a contribution has been added to the project.

Step 3: Completing a form

On the last step, a form must be filled in.

All the required fields can only be left empty if a contribution is saved as a draft. Otherwise a notification is displayed and the required field is highlighted.

Required fields of a category

There can be different fields on a form: text field, number field, single lookup and multiple lookup fields, also date and time fields. Appropriate information must be provided for each field, otherwise a notification is displayed and the field is highlighted.

Invalid fields of a category

Anonymous users can only add contributions to the project, but registered users are allowed to save it as a draft. Draft contributions can be finished and added to the project later.

Please note that media files can be added either during the contributing process or when the contribution has been added to the project.


What’s next?

↳ Let’s learn how to upload media files to your contributions