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GIS, Marine spatial planning and biosecurity risk assessment

A cross-territory biosecurity workshop, promoted by JNCC and hosted by Ascension Island Government, took place in Ascension Island for a week in the middle of August. It was an opportunity for the IMS-GIS data centre to present two collaborative works carried out with the Marine Spatial Planning project leader, Amelie' Auge', and with the Falkland Islands Biosecurity officer, James Ross. 

The former work demonstrated how QGIS was used  to assess the risk of having non native species introduced and then diffused in the inshore waters of the Falklands from biofouling (represented by the AIS data on vessels distribution and movement). In parallel, QGIS helped in deriving the environmental sensitivity map. Both assessments were feasible thanks to key data collected through the Marine Spatial Planning process. Here the blog which provides more details about the GIS analyses. 

The latter work illustrated the fist example of webGIS service for the local community. The interactive map has been realised to complete the new online bugs database run by the Department of Agriculture. It was developed thanks to the help received by Synergy Information Systems that operates in the Falklands as governmental IT support company. 

QGIS training course in Turks and Caicos

A training course in QGIS and basic spatial database development has been delivered in Turks and Caicos from the 24th to the 30th of August. The event was promoted by JNCC and it was one of the outcomes of the cross-territory data management workshop that took place in February in the islands. The report of the February event is online at this page. Government officers of various departments, e.g. DEMA, Planning, Survey and Mapping and Disaster management, were invited to participare to the GIS training. The past week has been an opportunity to learn new skills using open source software and looking at how to spatially analyse some of the environmental and fisheries data already collected on the islands and turn the results in useful information for decision makers.


WebGIS: veni, vidi, vici

iLaria Marengo will attend a two day course in Rome organised by one of the developers of QGIS, Paolo Cavallini. In the beautiful setting of the capital of Italy, from the 11th to the 12th there is a new world to conquer. WebGIS are extremely powerful tools for sharing information across a varied audience and multiple users. WebGIS, contrary to desktop GIS do not require knowledge and skills in GIS. If well designed and carefully thought out, they are very user friendly platforms that make information accessible to all. The two day course should give more insight about webGIS and strengthen both confidence and familiarity of those participating with the tools. All will be rigorously using QGIS and other open source software.

The IMS-GIS data centre represented at the 2015 QGIS Conference for users, educators and developers

2015 QGIS Conference, from the 18th to the 22nd of May, in Nodebo, Denmark, will bring together developers, users and educators worldwide and foster closer interactions in order to work towards ideas for improving the QGIS software and its use. It is in forums like this where ideas can be exchanged and developed.

iLaria Marengo will present the IMS-GIS data centre work involving the territories across the South Atlantic and will focus on the GIS pilot project carried out in the Falkland Islands for some governmental departments.

Second GIS Workshop In Tursk And Caicos (Caribbean) From 2nd To The 6th Of February

The SA UKOTS will be represented by the IMS/GIS data centre at the second GIS workshop in Tursk and Caicos entitled “Understanding our islands: How to get the best out of our GIS and data”.

The event builds on the Data management / GIS Strategy discussions had in Gibraltar in October 2013. Representatives of the UKOTs of the Caribbean will meet to discuss both the use of GIS in planning and decision making process and the development of a data management strategy for short term gains and long terms benefits.

The IMS/GIS data centre will bring to the workshop case studies and results obtained since last year. The week should be a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other experience. More details will follow in the blog at the end of February. 

New data management project officer

From January 2015 Dr Sam Weber will begin the post of data management project officer for one year. The project is funded by JNCC and it is part of the overall IMS-GIS data centre project carried out across the UKOTs of the South Atlantic. The best solution was to create a specific post for a year, to provide the foundations of the type of data management already developed by the IMS-GIS data centre.

Sam Weber will collaborate with iLaria Marengo (Falkland Islands) and Sam Cherrett (Saint Helena) to create a robust, integrated and useful data management centre, which will have as main targets, training in GIS and spatial databases, familiarising with metadata compilation, application of standards in data collections and sharing/accessing the data.