A central repository of “Forms” to enforce standardizations for data collection, making data capture quick and easy to define and deploy.
A Catalog is a central repository of Forms used for data collation. Catalogs can be created for a variety of uses. For example: data gathering from customers or community members, interface specifications for application integration, and centralized data aggregation for back-office business processes.
To help organize Catalog content, Topics can be created under each Catalog. For example, a Catalog of “Plant Products” can be organized into Topis like “Seed”, “Raw” and “Processed”.
Use the Form designer in the Data Storage app to quickly create Forms for data collection, then publish them to a Catalog.
Since the requirements for data collection can change over time, you can create multiple versions of a Form within a Catalog and control which version is latest and designate it as active.
Access to Catalogs can be controlled by assigning Catalog “subscriber” membership. This type of access control allows Catalogs to be created for many purposes and many types of community members simultaneously. This ensures only the right members have access to the appropriate Catalogs.
The ability to create Forms within Catalogs can be controlled by assigning “contributor” membership. This type of access control allows select users within the community to have a creator role in building out Catalogs.