The complexity was handled by custom python scripting. By creating a replica of the ArcOnline layer the data can be transformed into the feature classes, related tables and views of STAR and synchronised after transfer. This technology stack allows permissions to be set for individuals and regional reporting areas (improving security), to maintain their internal reporting requirements (accommodating legacy), to take their work offline (collection coverage) and automatically have their work synced into STAR (time saving).
The benefit of this solution gives DELWP the capability of capturing data from every inch of the state on any mobile device as a standard output. This can be used to produce a condition of the environment report which is comparable across work type, regions and time frames thereby achieving the most important aim of the STAR platform. This solution completes the original design for STAR, enabling eyes and ears in the far corners of the state to ground truth the condition of Victoria’s biodiversity.