About VGS

VGS is a software application for recording and managing vegetation and other ecosystem related data.

The application provides:

  1. A data repository for organizing and managing data, photos, documents, positional coordinates and other information associated with an unlimited number of study sites or locations.
  2. Electronic tools for recording data in the field (using tablet PCs) as well as historical data in the office.
  3. Reports and tools for summary and presentation of results in the field and in the office.

Widespread interest in VGS has been generated because the software generally meets the needs of both field personnel and administrative level managers. One reason for the success of VGS is that both office and field data entry forms are designed to fit specific combinations of sampling methods and forms in the most efficient manner for a particular sampling protocol. Data entry forms are designed to minimize the amount of writing, clicking and scrolling involved in entering data and navigating a form. Additional field and/or office modules for VGS to support your specific protocols and specifications can be developed.

For vegetation data, VGS implements the entire USDA NRCS Plants Database, but allows the user to create their own more limited template species lists. Users may also use their own common names and functional categories for species as desired.

Specific Features

  1. SQL (Structured Query Language) database for use both in the office and in the field.
  2. Ability to organize and filter study areas or sites based on as many hierarchical classification systems as desired (such as management responsibility or vegetation classifications) using a folder paradigm similar to organizing files on a computer.
  3. Data entry modules for a variety of vegetation sampling methods.
  4. Data forms designed for your specific protocols and needs.
  5. Data forms for entering existing historical data.
  6. Integrated GPS capabilities.
  7. Ability to synchronize data among field tablets and with central office database.
  8. Reports for summarizing and presenting data in the field.
  9. Species names and symbols are those provided by the national level USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.
  10. Species can be qualified in any manner desired. For example species can be separated by age or size class.
  11. All categorical lists are user configurable.

© Arizona Cooperative Rangeland Monitoring Program, 2018 • Updated: 10/17/17