New GIS resources available for public garden professionals
A team from the UC Davis Arboretum, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), recently released new Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and training customized for public gardens, parks and zoos. All of these resources and more are now available on the new Alliance for Public Gardens GIS website by clicking here.
Here’s an overview of what you’ll find:
- Introduction to GIS brochure
- Guide to GIS manual
- Step-by-step instructions for planning & starting your project
- How-to guide for volunteer recruitment
- Case studies
- Technical training videos
- Materials to “Make the case for GIS”to your board of directors
- Grant resources
- Free membershipin the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS
APGA members will especially be interested in the APGA Institutional Membership Benefit— Low cost software, books, and training, as well as free conference registration— offered through the ArcGIS for Public Gardens program sponsored by software manufacturer Esri. APGA participants can receive both ArcGIS software and maintenance, as well as other Esri-APGA program benefits, for a nominal $100 application fee.
In yet another commitment to further the cause of public gardens worldwide, Esri has entered into a new pilot project partnership with the UC Davis Arboretum and the Huntington Botanical Garden to create a suite of Cloud-based GIS tools designed to serve public garden executives, marketing professionals, curators and more. Work is beginning immediately, so stay tuned for more news on this fast-track collaborative project.
Sign-up for the Alliance for Public Gardens e-newsletter to find out more about this exciting project as it develops.
Click here to read more about the ongoing partnership between APGA and ESRI.