In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on technical training on Google mapping software tools “from the ground to the cloud.” You will learn how to use these tools to raise awareness, reach common understanding, and take action on conservation goals. The Internet offers new possibilities for collaboration, transparency, and easy access to and sharing of environmental data. Cloud-computing can support analysis of large global datasets, and methods for storytelling and visualization.
Participants will gain an overview and hands-on experience with:
-- Google Earth / Maps - environmental data visualization and storytelling in a 3D virtual world;
-- Google Earth Engine - analysis of global satellite imagery archive to measure deforestation, land cover change and more;
-- Google Maps Engine - geo data cloud-hosting and map publishing for large organizations;
-- Android / Open Data Kit - open source field data collection and community engagement via mobile devices.
In addition to hands-on training, organizations that have successfully used these tools for conservation work will share best practices and success stories.
This workshop is intended for technology specialists who have hands-on experience with mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, GIS, and remote sensing software. Because this workshop is hands-on, each participant must bring a laptop.