Conservation Template Project
The Conservation Template Project is a research project to support effective conservation GIS work in an online environment. It's 4 goals are:
1. to extend GIS capabilities to conservationists who don't own GIS software
2. to define valid online equivalents of typical desktop Conservation GIS workflows
3. to develop & coordinate useful tools and standards that support online conservation GIS work
4. to minimize impact on existing conservation web developers by focusing only on very basic online tools that are already publically available.
(Participants/Supporters of this project include the following:
Snow Leopard Conservancy,
TNC Atlas of Global Conservation,
World Wildlife Fund,
Society for Conservation GIS)
EMBEDDABLE VIEWER PROJECT:
Snow Leopard / UNEP-WCMC WDPA Parks Test
Parks data courtesy of: Unep-WCMC WDPA
Snow Leopard Range Data courtesy of Dr. Rodney Jackson, Snow Leopard Conservancy
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Conservation Template Project: Tasks
What is Conservation GIS work?
collecting and managing conservation and ecological data
conducting or supporting scientific research
creating conservation plans
collaborating with other institutions, resources, political, societal
supporting conservation advocacy
How is Conservation GIS work done?
preparing and sharing maps
entering and managing raw data
designing and operating models & analyses
presenting and discussing conclusions
What is the simplest design for an online interactive map?
1. Most data providers only serve images, not raw data, so
symbology must be pre-defined.
2. Layers need to be able to be combined but still visible.
skills to implement so any webmaster can adopt it.
4. All designs need to work interchangeably with any choice of complex
basemap such as imagery, topo, streets, ecological or simple basemap
such as physiographic or relief.
Task 1: Test use cases: Thematic map designs
1. Design and test a protected areas thematic map that works against both
complex and simple basemaps.
TEST SITE: http://www.conservationgis.org/maps/snowleopard/ParksSnowLeoLegend10.html
2. Design and test an ecological regions or biomes thematic map that works
against both complex and simple basemaps
TEST SITE: http://www.conservationgis.org/maps/Tnc/wwfEcoregions2.html
3. Design and test a vegetation communities basemap that works over
complex or simple basemaps.
4. Design and test a completed conservation plan for use as a thematic map
over imagery, streets, political or topographic.
Task 1: Test use cases: Complete map designs
1. Endangered species range data visualized against Parks, Ecoregions and Plans.
TEST SITES: http://www.conservationgis.org/maps/snowleopard/ParksSnowLeoLegend10.html
2. Citizen Science/volunteer data visualized against a plan, ecoregions
3. Natural Disaster event data ie fire visualized against any thematic base
4. Proposed projects or impacts visualized against a plan
5. Others based on suggestions
Conservation Template Project: Call
ECP wants your conservation data for a new online support project, the "Conservation Template"
Currently in the research phase, this is a new program to help you share your maps and your mission with your members, partners, donors and colleagues.
We are providing free hosting, GIS servers, service design and web map design support for anyone chosen to participate. Besides creating a web map viewer for your web site your data can also be registered at Data Basin (www.databasin.org) and ArcGIS.com, where you can create more advanced types of online maps and user groups and at Data Basin participate in specialized groups, programs and project centers devoted to conservation.
You will also be helping us better define what the meaningful workflows are for online
conservation GIS and what additional support, software or technology is needed to make
that work more effective.
The research site for this program is at: http://www.conservationgis.org/maps/
If you want to participate, simplest thing to do is email the data you want to share to:
ecp2 at esri dot com. We can handle attachments up to 40mb. If larger contact us to work out an alternate method. Please also include the following:
-Include written permission for Esri to create a public map service from it and register
that service at Data Basin or ArcGIS.com or both.
-include descriptions of what you use that data for and what you want to use it for,
you can refer to the example viewers listed under "Recent Additions" if you want
-include URL's to existing web maps or graphics you may already have that show
how you want your map presented
-include information on your current web site, if you have one, who is your webmaster
and how to contact them to help them integrate the viewer into your website.
-please say if you have already discussed your online needs with any conservation web
development firms and who they are, as we do not wish to take away their business.
We will evaluate your submissions and let you know if you've been accepted into
this program. Specific research tasks are listed below but we are currently interested in
any conservation data that you are currently using for real work and that you want to move
into an online environment.