Category: General Updates

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!

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.

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.

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