Mapping provides a powerful way to explore and communicate conservation research, policy, and practice. During this workshop, participants are introduced to community mapping and GIS and engage with some helpful tools and techniques. The first section of this workshop provides successful examples of integrating mapping and GIS into conservation. The second section introduces participants to the broad array of available research approaches and tools, most of which are freely available. Lastly, participants brainstorm ways to integrate mapping to their own projects. There are multiple opportunities to try out software, therefore, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to this workshop. Workshop materials
OpenDataKit: Open source tool for mobile data collection for surveys or field observations
Fulcrum: Proprietary survey software that includes mapping functionality
Tableau Public: Data visualization suite available in free and paid versions
ESRI StoryMaps: Online templates for sharing maps, images, videos, and more in a slide format
R and RStudio, as well as Shiny for web apps: The open source R language is most often used for data science applications. Recent packages such as sf and leaflet make analysis and visualization of spatial data relatively easy.