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Cusuco National Park Spatial Data

Operation Wallacea have been working in Cusuco National Park for over 10 years. Long term standardised monitoring of a cloud forest such as Cusuco is rare. This web map allows ...
Cusuco National Park Spatial Data

by O Burdekin

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Coordinates to decimal degrees in Excel

Coordinate systems are crucial to GIS and the first port of call is to understand different ways coordinate systems can be written. Often you will encounter different formats (especially when ...
Coordinates to decimal degrees in Excel

by O Burdekin

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Stack labels in QGIS

How to stack labels in QGIS or wordwrap labels in the same field. If you know of any other methods let me know in the comments on the burdGIS YouTube ...
Stack labels in QGIS

by O Burdekin

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Manually move labels in QGIS

QGIS can add labels automatically but their placement isn't always as you'd like it. This video shows you how to manually move labels in QGIS.


Manually move labels in QGIS

by O Burdekin

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Install ArcGIS desktop trial version

This is a quick video to walk you through the installation and license activation of ArcGIS desktop (ArcMap) trial version. The trial version is active for 60 days.


Install ArcGIS desktop trial version

by O Burdekin

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Dashed lines not showing in ArcGIS

Sometimes ArcGIs doesn't render the way you would expect. I've had far fewer cases with Arc layouts than QGIS print composer but dashed lines behaving oddly has been bugging me. ...
Dashed lines not showing in ArcGIS

by O Burdekin

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The Friendly Drone

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to increase conservation efforts and to counteract illegal activities including logging, mining and cattle rustling has surged over the last several ...
The Friendly Drone

by Thea Gordon-Rawlings

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Handle Bad Layers in QGIS

If you've received a QGIS project from someone else (or you've changed the location of some files) you may get the "handle bad layers" pop up. This video will show ...
Handle Bad Layers in QGIS

by O Burdekin

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Installing QGIS

The first step in starting with GIS is getting the software you require. This short video walks you through the installation of QGIS on a windows machine. If you have ...
Installing QGIS

by O Burdekin

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MaxEnt is Open Source!

MaxEnt (maximum entropy) modelling software has often been accused of being a "black box". Used in ecology for species distribution modelling (SDM) the software has now been released as open ...
MaxEnt is Open Source!

by O Burdekin

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Rewilding a Community

The two previous entries in the series on rewilding have looked at relatively contained initiatives, both taking place on privately owned land. The aim of this post is to highlight ...
Rewilding a Community

by Thea GR

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Chile Forest Fires

Chile is experiencing the worst forest fires in its history.
This map adds spatial context to the photographs in the recent [Guardian article] (https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jan/25/chile-wildfire-worst-ever-in-pictures).
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Chile Forest Fires

by O Burdekin

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Global 30m DEM for GIS

When I'm training people in GIS I often get asked "where do you get data from?" This is the first in a series of videos exploring data sources. The global ...
Global 30m DEM for GIS

by O Burdekin

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Excel or CSV to QGIS

Getting data into QGIS can some times be a challenge. In this short video tutorial we look at importing excel, csv or any tabular data into QGIS.


Excel or CSV to QGIS

by Oliver Burdekin

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The Value of Rewilding

The second in this short series of map stories on “rewilding” focuses on exploring a real example of where the method has been used to restore an environment ...
The Value of Rewilding

by Thea Gordon-Rawlings

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Classify rasters in QGIS

If you're used to working with rasters in ArcGIS switching to QGIS can be confusing. This short video shows you how to classify rasters using QGIS into discrete classifications. The ...
Classify rasters in QGIS

by O Burdekin

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Rewilding Debate: The Beastly & The Benign

As part of a series intended to filter through the murky waters of the emerging sphere of rewilding, this map story serves to outline the concept and to ...
Rewilding Debate: The Beastly & The Benign

by Thea Gordon-Rawlings

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SQL Masterclass - 1.0

Sequenced query language (SQL - pronounced "ess-que-el" or "sequel") is one of those things. It's useful, it's necessary, it's ubiquitous. But often it is underused. As Shachar Meir described in ...
SQL Masterclass - 1.0

by O Burdekin

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MABIMO: A Malta nationwide Biodiversity Monitoring initiative

Identifying the natural capital and monitoring its condition in a fast changing world is crucial to guarantee its presence in the future. Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) and Friends of ...
MABIMO: A Malta nationwide Biodiversity Monitoring initiative

by Simone Cutajar

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A Django - Postgres GIS server on Windows

A tutorial to walk you through installing GeoDjango and its dependencies using Windows Powershell and a virtual environment.


A Django - Postgres GIS server on Windows

by O Burdekin

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Asignación de zonas de desastre del terremoto multitud - Ecuador

El terremoto en Ecuador ha devastado muchas ciudades, pueblos y comunidades a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico. Ecuador en su conjunto ha mostrado su solidaridad increíble con gente ...
Asignación de zonas de desastre del terremoto multitud - Ecuador

by O Burdekin (traducción por Javier Pabón)

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Crowd Mapping Disaster Zones - Ecuador Earthquake

The earthquake in Ecuador has devastated many towns, cities and communities along the Pacific Coast. Ecuador as a whole has shown incredible solidarity with people on the ground working tirelessly ...
Crowd Mapping Disaster Zones - Ecuador Earthquake

by O Burdekin

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Protecting aquatic diversity in deforested tropical landscapes

Freshwater ecosystems are the most endangered ecosystems in the world leading to freshwater fish being one of the most imperilled taxa worldwide.

This map, introduces the SAFE project ...
Protecting aquatic diversity in deforested tropical landscapes

by Clare Wilkinson

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The Great Climate Change Migration

The current migrant crisis in Europe could be a harbringer of things to come with climate change threatening to become a greater force of displacement in the near ...
The Great Climate Change Migration

by Sophie Allen & Oliver Burdekin

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WeFarm

WeFarm provide internet for people without the internet

There are 500 million smallholder farmers in the world, most of whom live on less than $1 a day.

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WeFarm

by WeFarm

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An Introduction To Using GIS In Tropical Ecology and Conservation

This new course will provide an introduction to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the study of tropical ecology. Unlike most traditional GIS courses which are desk-based, this ...
An Introduction To Using GIS In Tropical Ecology and Conservation

by O Burdekin

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Fracking - How did your MP vote?

Fracking is a contentious issue. On December 16th MPs voted on whether or not to allow fracking under the UK's National Parks.

298 voted in favour of the regulations

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Fracking - How did your MP vote?

by O Burdekin

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Votes to Bomb Syria

How did your MP vote on airstrikes in Syria? This interactive map shows constituencies in the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. No data was available for grey constituencies.


Votes to Bomb Syria

by O Burdekin

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COP21

Here's a map to look at tweets containing #COP21.


COP21

by O Burdekin

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Calakmul

Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is located in Campeche State, Mexico.

The reserve is home to jaguar and tapir along with many endemic species.

Operation Wallacea have been surveying the ...
Calakmul

by Caroline Acton

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Tensorflow is opensourced

Google has opened it's doors and you can now access #tensorflow. There's no support for window yet (linux and Mac only) but you may be able to install docker (not ...
Tensorflow is opensourced

by O Burdekin

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Virgin Limited Edition

This is a map of Virgin's Limited Edition boutique and luzury hotels.

A slight departure from the usual theme of burdGIS map stories.

But on a grey ...
Virgin Limited Edition

by O Burdekin

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Global Palm Oil Production

The fires in Indonesia are a global concern.

Although an annual occurrence, this year has been particularly damaging due to several factors. An extended dry season brought ...
Global Palm Oil Production

by O Burdekin

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Borneo is Burning

Wide-spread fires have been burning in Indonesia for the last two months.

The resulting haze over Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore which is thought to be impacting 40 million ...
Borneo is Burning

by Fiona Spooner

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Sea Level Rise in the USA

One of the many threats posed by climate change is sea level rise.

The images below show what some landmarks might look like in the future.

There are ...
Sea Level Rise in the USA

by O Burdekin

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National Geographic gives Fox control of media assets in $725 million deal

Ever since it was launched from the temple-like headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington in 1888, National Geographic magazine has illuminated the world’s hidden places and revealed its ...
National Geographic gives Fox control of media assets in $725 million deal

by Paul Farhi

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Selling England by the Offshore Pound

OVER the last year Private Eye has revealed the extent of ownership of British land by offshore companies, generally for tax avoidance and often to conceal dubious wealth. Now the ...
Selling England by the Offshore Pound

by Private Eye

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Giving a Dam About the Mekong

At a staggering 2600 miles long, the Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world and the 7th longest in Asia.

This epic river begins its ...
Giving a Dam About the Mekong

by Sophie Allen

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Google reopens Map Maker

Google has reopened Map Maker, the platform that lets users to edit and improve Google Maps, with a new structure to better moderate community edits.

Google suspended Map Maker in ...
Google reopens Map Maker

by Liam Tung

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Black Monday

Financial #markets across the world are down today as China sparks a global selloff.

This map depicts the top 20 stock exchanges in the world and how much they ...
Black Monday

by O Burdekin

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Let Wildlife Work for Us

In recent years flooding in the UK has resulted in billions of pounds of damage to homes and businesses.

British rivers are intensively managed; they have been straightened, ...
Let Wildlife Work for Us

by Fiona Spooner

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Basic GPS setup and data download

This video uses the Garmin 62STC. Your make and model may be different. DNR GPS can be downloaded from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Basic GPS setup and data download

by O Burdekin

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Carving Up Central America

In 2012 the Panama Canal Authority received a net income of 1.26 Billion USD

Citizens of Panama Celebrated the canal's 100th Anniversary on August 15th, 2014

With competition ...
Carving Up Central America

by Fiona Spooner

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Hands off me megabytes

The following is a quick tutorial on how to set up a windows machine for a poor or data limited internet connection. It is specifically for volunteers and staff who ...
Hands off me megabytes

by O Burdekin

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Endangered Shark Spotted in British Waters

Earlier today the Metro published a sensationalist story with the headline "Yes, a monster 400lbs killer shark has been caught in British waters." I thought I'd give this a bit ...
Endangered Shark Spotted in British Waters

by O Burdekin

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Job in Honduras

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes at 10 research sites worldwide.

We are ...
Job in Honduras

by Operation Wallacea

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PowerShell Here in Windows

Following on from the command prompt here post, it dawned on me that many people (myself included) might be more interested in being able to open Powershell from Windows Explorer ...
PowerShell Here in Windows

by O Burdekin

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Scientists identify frog through DNA without leaving forest

Yesterday, a team of Italian scientists caught a frog in a montane forest in Tanzania. And then they made history: using a small blood sample the team were able to ...
Scientists identify frog through DNA without leaving forest

by Jeremy Hance

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The Nepal Disaster

In the wake of the Nepal Earthquake burdGIS will donate 5% of all students' payments for courses during May to the Save the Children's Nepal Earthquake Children’s Relief Fund. If ...
The Nepal Disaster

by O Burdekin

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Command Prompt Here in Windows

If you use command prompt it can get really tiresome typing in pathnames. This quick tutorial will give you some tips on how to open command prompt (cmd) at your ...
Command Prompt Here in Windows

by O Burdekin

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Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize

(Reuters) - A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti's north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism ...
Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize

by David Adams

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Analytics 3.0

Those of us who have spent years studying “data smart” companies believe we’ve already lived through two eras in the use of analytics. We might call them BBD and ABD—before ...
Analytics 3.0

by Thomas H. Davenport

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GIS for Our Future

Jack Dangermond, CEO of Esri, shares his vision of how we can use GIS technology to shape and benefit our future. If you’re new to GIS, this video is a ...
GIS for Our Future

by External Site

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The Serengeti Highway

Its name is derived from the word Serengit in the Maa language, meaning ‘endless plains’.

Serengeti National Park is part of a vast ecoregion spanning approximately 14,500km2.

Plans ...
The Serengeti Highway

by Daisy Guest

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OpWall - Cusuco National Park

Cusuco National Park is located West of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The mountainous cloud forest is home to a number of endemic species.

Under threat from hunting and ...
OpWall - Cusuco National Park

by O Burdekin

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What is GIS?

A simple enough question but I always find it difficult to answer. This short video from ESRI explains it well.


What is GIS?

by ESRI

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Exporting multiple tables from a geodatabase using Modelbuilder in ArcGIS

Exporting tables from a geodatabase (gdb) can often be very time consuming, especially when the number of tables is very large. Using the ArcGIS Modelbuilder tool allows you to automatically ...
Exporting multiple tables from a geodatabase using Modelbuilder in ArcGIS

by Sven Batke

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From the Brink: The Return of the Canada Goose

On April 1, 1963, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release with the title, “GIANT CANADA GOOSE, LONG BELIEVED EXTINCT, REDISCOVERED IN MINNESOTA”. It was not an ...
From the Brink: The Return of the Canada Goose

by Mercenary Ornithology

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The Jungle Highway

Peru is planning a major development in the form of a road.

As you scroll through this story the map will update to show you the areas being ...
The Jungle Highway

by O Burdekin

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Explore the Ecological Tapestry of the World

Global map of the world's ecology. 250m resolution. Where's the download?


Explore the Ecological Tapestry of the World

by USGS

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Database and GIS Assistant for Cusuco

We are seeking a highly motivated person with skills in data and database management, geographical information systems and a sound understanding of standardised ecological survey techniques. You will join our ...
 Database and GIS Assistant for Cusuco

by Operation Wallacea

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Batch Happiness

This is a little toolbox of happiness for a Thursday with brief tutorial thrown in.

The batch processing tools in ArcGIS always appeared a bit clunky to me although ...
Batch Happiness

by O Burdekin

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Peru planning highway through most biodiverse place on earth

The Manu national park and its buffer zone in Peru was international news early last year after scientists found it is “top of the [world’s] list of natural protected areas ...
Peru planning highway through most biodiverse place on earth

by David Hill @ The Guardian

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Temporal: The forgotten resolution

Temporal resolution shouldn’t be forgotten when considering satellite imagery; however it’s often neglected, with its partners of spatial and spectral resolution getting the limelight. The reason is the special relationship ...
Temporal: The forgotten resolution

by Andy @ pixalytics

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MS Excel to an ArcGIS Geodatabase

Data can arrive in many formats. Often for the GIS guru (you) it'll be from Excel. It could be any version of Excel, it could be correctly formatted with notes, ...
MS Excel to an ArcGIS Geodatabase

by O Burdekin

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The Scottish Tropical Ecology & Biology Meeting (STEB 2015)

The University of Glasgow shall be hosting the annual Scottish Tropical Ecology Conference.

We aim for the 2015 event to be an even bigger success than 2014, and want ...
The Scottish Tropical Ecology & Biology Meeting (STEB 2015)

by O Burdekin

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“Communicating Geography: serving our world” 21-22 May 2015

The 2015 EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference will be organised in conjunction with and hosted by the Turkish Association of Geographers (TAG), in Ankara on 21-22 May 2015. An optional ...
“Communicating Geography: serving our world” 21-22 May 2015

by EUROGEO

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INTERACTIVE: Who has power over land use in Peru?

Land is business. Land is money. Land is power. This is why it’s often confusing to find out which actors control what parts of the landscape. In this new infographic, ...
INTERACTIVE: Who has power over land use in Peru?

by CIFOR.org (on forestclimatechange.org)

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The Top 10 Things We Learned About the Ocean in 2014

We learned many things about the ocean this year. Unfortunately, most of them are things we’ve learned before: Sea levels are rising, overfishing is destroying the seafood market and plastic ...
The Top 10 Things We Learned About the Ocean in 2014

by Planet Editor (on planetexperts.com)

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This software entrepreneur wants executives to think like cartographers

Jack Dangermond, founder of the 45-year-old mapping software company Esri, thinks every businessperson needs more geospatial awareness.

In Jack Dangermond’s world, an interactive map is worth 100 charts.


This software entrepreneur wants executives to think like cartographers

by Heather Clancy (on fortune.com)

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