Conservation GIS Starter Kit
Published by the Conservation GIS Consortium, a group which includes Ecotrust, the Conservation GIS Starter Kit is a stand alone program for learning the basics of GIS technology for conservation purposes. The Kit, including a CD-ROM and a workbook, provides a step-by-step tutorial in ArcView, the GIS software program created by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Purchase the Starter Kit directly from ESRI.
Table of contents:
- Why Use GIS for Conservation?
Geographic Information Systems have provided critical information in many conservation campaigns.
- The Conservation GIS Consortium
Meet the leading organizations behind the Conservation GIS Consortium.
- What is GIS?
A simple introduction to a complex technology.
- ArcView Basics
A quick start guide using the basics of GIS with ArcView.
- Conservation Applications
Six detailed applications which teach the fundamentals of using ArcView in a variety of conservation situations.
- GIS History
GIS had been around for quite a while and is becoming more widely used each year.
- Where to Get Help
Where to find answers to your GIS questions.
- Where to Get Data
Where to find spatial data for use in your ArcView projects.
- Hardware and Software Configurations for Running ArcView
Everything you need to know about setting up a simple GIS system.
- Map Production
A how-to guide for better map products from GIS.
- Next Steps
Once you've mastered this guide, here's what to do next.
Other introductory GIS materials:
- The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Ecotrust Canada have jointly published Chief Kerry's Moose: a guidebook to land use and occupancy mapping, research design and data collection.
- ESRI offers online an excellent primer on using desktop GIS.