Conservation GIS Technology Online

Recent Additions :

Monitor ArcGIS Online Credits usage (note, the "activity dashboard" described is now integrated into the "view status" agol tab)

Ecp Veg Carto: Calif Native Plant Society/Calif Dept Fish & Wildlife/NPS

ECP Veg Carto Project: USFS Landfire

ECP Veg Carto: USGS Gap Landcover

Ecp Carto:: Santa Monica Mts iNaturalist Observer Behavior vs Ecosystems

new Biodiversity Survey web platform  
new ECP grant reports web platform  
new Conservation Planning platform  
Panthera World Map (update)    Source
OFI Rawa Kuno Legacy (Flex app) Srce
Transparent World/SCGIS Scholars test
CNPS-NVCS Vegetation test
Ecoregions w/scale-coord         Source
Ecoregions with Parks test
Scgis Members Map test
TNC Plant Species Richness test
CBI Alberta Conservation Plan        
Wild Cats Viewer    Source Code
WWF Ecoregions Thematic Viewer
Ecoregions Basemap Viewer
Wwf Freshwater Regions Viewer
Snow Leopard Viewer   
Snow Leopard simple Viewer open viewers webmap version

Chrome 2-panel generic
How to customize the Chrome viewer
Chrome 2-panel Snow Leopard
Embeddable as single line of code

Managing low cost web viewer project : Final Whitepaper (10mb docx)

How to use the Javasript Templates API endpoint for
API endpoint for conservation

Quick Links

Citizen Science Resources

_ESRI Software Grant Application:

Workshop Resources

2010 Workshop Agenda & Slides

1_ArcGIS Web for Conservation


Session 1 Video ( 334MB mp4 )

2_Open Source Open Standards

3_Data Basin Video (185mb mp4)

4_Building Data Basin: Customizing ArcGIS Online

5_Build and Use Cloud GIS

6_Design Great Webmaps

7_Geoprocessing Services/Models

Session 7 Video: Geoprocessing (200mb MP4)

8_Silverlight Web Mapping For Conservation

8B_Open API's for conservation GIS

9_Customize ArcGIS Explorer

Session 9 Video: ArcGIS Explorer (250mb mp4)

10_User Story: Citizen Science at Cornell eBird


General Conservation GIS Technical Help




National Vegetation Cartography Project: Landfire work example: View larger map

Conservation GIS is rapidly moving into the cloud and taking on many new open access forms available to audiences well beyond traditional GIS practicioners. The "Web Mapping for Conservation" program is a free open source design & hosting program for conservation groups with data they want to share online. It started with a small group of NGO's and NGO-focused web development firms building collaborative maps and sharing applications online. Our first workshop in 2010 covered many how-to-do-it techniques for cloud GIS, collaborative design, open source, API technologies, and project management. Powerpoints, videos, whitepapers and source code are posted here. For more information, contact the ESRI Conservation Program at ecp2 at esri dot com

NEW: Field Collector App and Operations Dashboard

NEW: How to share reports on

Panthera Projects: based viewer:

Drag or Arrow Keys to pan, Scroll or +/- to zoom. Larger Map
testPanthera species/range data courtesy of Kathy Zeller, Panthera Project

Panthera Projects: javascript based viewer:

Himalayan Snow Leopard Range

Drag or Arrow Keys to pan, Scroll or +/- to zoom. Larger Map
testSnow Leopard Range Data courtesy of Dr. Rodney Jackson, Snow Leopard Conservancy

SCGIS Storymap Embedding Test


These viewers test a map overlay design for conservation web mapping that we hope to release as a map template in the coming months. The basic principle builds from the ESRI effort to design global basemap services specifically for use as standards-based web cartography. For conservation, the task is then to add conservation thematic data on top of hose existing bases seamlessly. For those basemaps to be visible and useable, added themes need to have 2 types of transparency: viewer-based using variable controls, and/or data-based using symbologies that avoid solid fill polygons. The overlay design also classifies conservation layers into 2 basic types of data: Landscape data classifies the land into various wall-to-wall conservation categories, such as protected areas maps, conservation plans and land use maps. Operational data represents specific items that need to be symbolized within the landscape context, such as species ranges, tracking data, sightings, events and proposed projects. The goal of the conservation template is therefore to combine the basemap with a middle thematic layer of landscape data and a top operational layer. The project wiill also improve and expand how credits, logos and links can be embedded in map windows and viewers to ensure author acknowledgement. When complete, the Conservation Template will include: Example MXD files with custom symbologies for landscape and operational layers, javascript source code for transparency controls, and proposed feature classifications for different types of conservation maps and plans.