GIS for Conservationists

Blog Post created by ecp2-esristaff Employee on Oct 30, 2018

!Hi all, we hope this will be a useful resource for gis technology notes of use to conservationists.  It is now part of the new "Conservation GIS" geonet community site.  This resource is planned to supplement the already great & growing technical exchanges useful for conservation GIS that happen on the SCGIS Listserver, the SCGIS Members Discussion Section, the Conservation GIS website, and several other more specialized support resources outlined in the list below:


-SCGIS LISTSERVER: free open access globally, email only,  text only, 5,000 members, text digest available


-SCGIS Discussions: On, for SCGIS members only (membership is simple and cheap),  receives full SCGIS EMAIL LISTSERVER feed.


-Conservation GIS: Plain html website.  No interactive discussions but hosts number of multimedia tutorials & all video material & proceedings from SCGIS Conferences.  Important materials and future conservation publications will be relocated to the new GEONET Conservation GIS Community site.


-esri conservation program ArcGIS Online organization. 100 named publishers, easy to join, thousands of hosted data items, almost 100 specialist data sharing groups, growing list of open data portals.


-esri Github portal: (130 members, tons of python and javascript,  esri geoportal server open source )

-esri developer summit tech videos (31 videos covering many current topics in stats, open data, big data, 3D, API's, web)  (Note also that SCGIS members have access to the COMPLETE set of Esri Conference Technical Videos.)


-gis Stackexchange (hundreds of contributors)


-arcScripts: old-timers  remember how great this resource was before it was mothballed in 2010. Thanks to popular demand it has just been re-engineered and resurrected!


This new Geonet "Conservation GIS" section is anticipated to help provide more direct access to esri technical discussions, especially regarding mobile and offline field  technologies, as well as  a more collaborative platform for asking esri technical questions and finding technical resources relevant to conservation GIS problems.


Upcoming technology articles planned are:

  1. Current review of best laptop/field hardware for running ArcPro

  2. Step-by-step instructions for setting up and open source PostgreSQL rdbms for ArcGIS Server, for increased

     speed and capacity

  3. Easy conversion of your webmaps and storymaps to more secure https based services

  4. Setting up and running a combined GIS website and ArcGIS Server instance on a single moderate-cost Amazon machine.


There is also currently a Google Docs site being developed for SCGIS articles, guidebooks, info and resources.


Worth listing as well, are some of the active SCGIS social media groups and resources, including

- SCGIS main facebook page (475 members)

- SCGIS main linkedin page (2,505 members)

1. SCGIS Global Scholars (Facebook: 63 members, former scholars and friends)

2. SCGIS Scholars 2015 (Facebook: 26 members and friends)

3. SCGIS Scholars 2014  (Facebook: 30 members & friends)

4. SCGIS Scholars 2012

5. SCGIS 2011

6. SCGIS Zambia Chapter (Facebook: 41 members)

7. SCGIS Washington DC Chapter (google groups)

8. SCGIS Latin America super-chapter (google groups)

9. SCGIS Kenya listserver