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2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in …

2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in …

2018 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, this September in Hamilton. Learn from the experts, hands on training in Google, Esri, Mapbox, QGIS and more. Go check it out.

What do you use when you’re presenting at the …

What do you use when you’re presenting at the …

What do you use when you’re presenting at the Women in Spatial (WIS) mid-winters networking event – a story map of course! Thanks to the WIS organising committee for inviting me to share our story. Here’s the link for anyone who missed out – https://arcg.is/1mmv5u

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from …

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from …

SCGIS Conference will be held in Monterey, CA from 15-18th July. Head along to hear from the experts (and this years SCGIS scholars) on how GIS is contributing to conservation around the world.

GiC will be at Restoration Day 2018 on 26th May, …

GiC will be at Restoration Day 2018 on 26th May, in Stokes Vallyey, Lower Hutt. Further details and registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/restoration-day-2018-connecting-communities-people-plants-pests-registration-42300812870

Congratulations to Aaria Dobson-Waitere who has …

Congratulations to Aaria Dobson-Waitere who has been selected as this years SCGIS Train the Trainer recipient. Each year, SCGIS picks one scholar from the previous year’s scholarship program to attend the Train the Trainer course and learn the specialised skills of teaching others how to use GIS in conservation. Aaria will be heading back to the US for this training mid-year and will also attend the Esri UC and SCGIS conference. Ka pai Aaria.

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret …

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret …

Auckland Spatial Drinks, sponsored by Interpret Geospatial Solutions on 5th April, check out the link for details
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/auckland-spatial-drinks-april-2018-tickets-44395333638

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work …

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work …

GiC is on Stuff, great article on the amazing work done by our volunteers and the community groups we’re working with.

GiC is very pleased to announce that Sean Bragg …

GiC is very pleased to announce that Sean Bragg from Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu has been selected as a SCGIS Scholar for 2018. Sean will be joining the other successful scholars for 6 weeks of GIS conservation focussed training in the USA and will attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS conference in June-July. Well done Sean.

The seventh annual Geo for Good User Summit is …

The seventh annual Geo for Good User Summit is coming up in October!

The Geo for Good User Summit is a hands-on technical workshop hosted by the Google Earth Outreach team at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. This workshop is designed for mapping & technology specialists in the public benefit sector, who are actively working on projects related to mapping.

Led by the Google Earth Outreach team (with special Google guests), this workshop will teach highly practical tools, which organizations can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud.

What: Geo for Good User Summit
When: October 1-4, 2018
Where: Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California

Application Process: To ensure an effective hands-on experience, there will be a limited number of seats. Interested candidates will be asked to apply to attend the workshop.

Cost: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process.

Stay tuned for an official workshop announcement and invitation to apply in May. In the meantime, please feel free to pass along this save-the-date to potential participants, and encourage them to sign up for our mailing list (http://groups.google.com/group/earthoutreach) to receive the workshop announcement.

NZ GiC would like to congratulate Sean Bragg of Te …

NZ GiC would like to congratulate Sean Bragg of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for being picked as our 2018 candidate to receive the SCGIS Scholarship!

We had many approaches about the scholarship this year, and Sean’s came out on top by our judging panel.

Winning SCGIS Scholars attend:

– Specialized GIS training at the University of California, Davis Campus
– ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro and web-application training at Esri head-office in Redlands, California
– The ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California
– The SCGIS Annual Conference in Monterey Peninsula, California

NZ SCGIS/GiC is allowed to pick one candidate each year to be nominated to US SCGIS who will then pick 15-20 candidates from over 90 applications around the world to receive the scholarship.

As a consolation should Sean not be one of those picked, he will be attending the NZ Esri User Conference. We would like to thank the NZ Esri User Group for their continual financial support of our scholarship program and wish Sean good luck!

NZ GiS – Here’s what we’ve been up to recently. 0

NZ GiS – Here’s what we’ve been up to recently.

NZ GiC Newsletter 01 Welcome to the inaugural NZ GIC quarterly newsletter! We’ll be taking these opportunities to showcase some of the projects undertaken by GIC Volunteers and to give readers an insight into...

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are …

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are …

Applications for the 2018 SCGIS Scholarship are now open and provide a fantastic opportunity for someone newish to GIS within the not for profit conservation/iwi community to receive training and attend next years SCGIS and Esri User conferences. For further information refer http://nzgic.org/scgis/. Please email info@nzgic.org for information on how to apply. Applications close 7th January 2018.

Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental are using …

Scott Sambell and Ethos Environmental are using …

Scott Sampbell and Ethos Environmental are using real-time sensor traps, maps and GIS to help make NZ predator free. Oh and not forgetting Milly, the conservation dog. You can read all about this in the Esri Blog below or in the following story map http://glenfern.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=70b7c5df780049ce919675d726158054

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free …

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free …

GiC is helping to make Wellington predator-free through our hosted ArcGIS Online service that make maps and apps (for recording households that have signed-up and reporting catch data) available to participating suburbs. Link to recent blog by Monica Peters below:
https://monicalogues.com/2017/10/09/how-to-set-up-a-predator-free-neighbourhood-post-1/

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named …

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named …

Very excited to announce that GiC has been named as a finalist in this years NZ Spatial Excellence Awards ‘People and Community’ category. Winners will be announced at the dinner in November. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. http://www.nzspatialawards.org.nz/2017-finalists.html

Thanks to everyone who attended last nights GiC …

Thanks to everyone who attended last nights GiC Networking Evening at the beautiful Begonia House at the Botanical Gardens. Special thanks to our presenters Kelvin Hastie, Aaria Dobson-Waitere, Angus Hulme-Moir, Ian Harrison and Bonita Gestro and hosts Wellington City Council.

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into …

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into …

TURT, the Sea Turtle App that turns tourists into citizen scientists using some pretty cool GIS technology.

GiC welcomes the Society Totally Against Moth …

GiC welcomes the Society Totally Against Moth Plant (S.T.A.M.P) to our group. We have an awesome GIS volunteer (Wendy Callaway) who will be helping this group with their GIS & mapping requirements to monitor and eradicate moth plant in East Howick.

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in …

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in …

GiC’s Annual Networking Evening is on again in Wellington on Tuesday 19th September. Visit the link below for details and please register if you’re able to make it along.
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/gic-networking-evening-tickets-37080732469

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind

Cultural Conservation of the 360 kind!

If you’re interested in sharing 360 Photospheres on streetview of your work, conservation efforts, projects for monitoring over time, the Google Streetview app is free and works on all Android and IPhones – no special equipment needed, the more you take, the easier it is to walk through a site.

First, check under your camera settings to turn on high resolution photospheres and if you setup a google listing for your project, you can then associate photos, videos and 360’s with it for sharing with the world.

You can also see how we used this technology to capture a snapshot in time of Pingao monitoring in Wharekahika earlier this month: gis.ai/pingao

Check out this Virtual Field Trip incorporating Conservation GIS!

Check out this Virtual Field Trip incorporating Conservation GIS!

Check out this Virtual Field Trip led by one of our members working with Students on the East Coast incorporating using GPS and Geospatial for Conservation Monitoring.

Great to catch up with Markus Heke, one of our …

Great to catch up with Markus Heke, one of our former SCGIS Scholars, at the NZ Esri User Conference earlier this week. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the stand, it was great to meet you all.

New ‘Wilding Conifer Information System’ announced …

Last week LINZ has announced the release of the ‘Wilding Conifer Information System’ designed to support efforts to map, monitor and eradicate infestation of wilding conifers through-out the country. This is joint initiative between government agencies, forestry, private landowners and community groups. A public mapping application showing the extent of wilding conifers recorded to date is available in the link below.
http://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/using-crown-property/biosecurity/control-programmes/wilding-conifer-information-system

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are …

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are …

The Esri User Conference 2017 Plenary video’s are now available online. They include lots of inspiring user stories and updates on the ArcGIS roadmap – well worth a look.
http://www.esri.com/videos/watch?videoid=F0WJhgOF9U8&title=Esri%202017%20UC%20Plenary%20Trailer

New Zealand GIS in Conservation shared a link.

Trading biodiversity: gains and risks sciblogs.co.nz Dr John Leathwick Two weeks ago, a vigorous debate was generated by the Supreme Court’s confirmation of a decision striking down the Department of Conservation’s plan to swap...

To all our GiC GIS Volunteers, you are amazing and …

To all our GiC GIS Volunteers, you are amazing and the work you do is helping make a difference to conservation in NZ. Some words of inspiration from Te Radar about the importance of volunteers. Check out our website if you’d like to join us as a GIS volunteer and put your awesome knowledge and skills to good use nzgic.org

The International SCGIS conference is on in July, …

The International SCGIS conference is on in July, Asilomar Lodge, Monterey, California, if you’re lucky enough to attend the Esri USA User Conference, this one is well worth stretching your budget and is great value for money at $240 US.

https://scgis.org/conference

SCGIS scholar profile of Bruna Oliveira from …

SCGIS scholar profile of Bruna Oliveira from …

SCGIS scholar profile of Bruna Oliveira from Brazil

http://nzgic.org/2017/06/18/scgis-scholar-profile-of-bruna-oliveira/

Doha Shamsuddoha from Bangladesh will be joining …

Doha Shamsuddoha from Bangladesh will be joining …

Doha Shamsuddoha from Bangladesh will be joining Aaria in San Diego next month to begin ArcGIS training as part of the SCGIS Scholarship. Best of luck to this years scholars.

http://nzgic.org/2017/06/18/doha-shamsuddoha-from-bangladesh/

It might be time to write up that business case …

It might be time to write up that business case for a drone (if you haven’t already got one) – nice article on how drones can be used to capture and map restoration work and support other conservation efforts by Simon Chapman at Ecology NZ: Mapping Our Ecology with the Drone linkedin.com Drones (AKA Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) are a hot topic in the media, with mixed feelings all sides of the discussion. Some articles detail

http://nzgic.org/2017/06/18/it-might-be-time-to-write-up-that-business-case/

Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate …

Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate your restoration ‘story’ to the public and can be easily configured using a number of different templates. Check out this story map from Friends of the Verde River Greenway for inspiration Oasis in the Desert: Restoring the Verde River vwrc.maps.arcgis.com The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) is a partnership of organizations based in Arizona working to preserve, protect, and restore the Verde River and its tributaries.

http://nzgic.org/2017/06/18/esri-story-maps-are-a-great-way-to-communicate/

Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate …

Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate …

Esri Story Maps are a great way to communicate your restoration ‘story’ to the public and can be easily configured using a number of different templates. Check out this story map from Friends of the Verde River Greenway for inspiration
http://arcg.is/2k0nnw4

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SCGIS 2017 Scholar Finalist Announcement

NZ GIS in Conservation is very pleased to announce that Aaria Dobson-Waitere has been awarded a US Society for Conservation GIS Scholarship this year. She will attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS annual conference in California...

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Plant Maps On Motutapu Island

  Motutapu Island is managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT). Under a conservation project initiated over 20 years ago nearly 100 hectares have been replanted, mammalian pests...

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MIRO Rat Bait Take-Up

Mainland Island Restoration Operation (MIRO) is a volunteer-based conservation group. It was established to manage, on behalf of the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), the unfenced “mainland island” in the East Harbour Regional Park...

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Matiu/Somes Penguin Site Maps

Matiu/Somes Island in Te Whanganui-o-Tara (Wellington Harbour) is the home for a range of native fauna including the little penguin (Korora). A two-stage penguin study carried out between 2007 and 2014 began as a...

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We have our own ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online GiC now has it’s own space on ArcGIS Online. Our aim is to progressively develop it into the go-to site for GiC and its work with conservation groups.

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What Is GIS?

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, refers to the use of mapping techniques to produce maps for specific purposes. It is basically a powerful mapping tool that, with the right help and support, can provide...

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Come see us at NZEUC 2016

GIC is exhibiting at NZEUC this week. Stop by for a chat if you’re here or check out our presentation this afternoon at 4.30pm where we’ll showcase two great examples of volunteer GIS at...