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Digital Landscapes

By Guest Observer June 1, 2014

Can new digital technologies aid in the documentation, interpretation, and protection of large landscapes? Below are a few interesting projects and tools from around the web that seek to do just that.

Landscope America – a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society, which brings together maps, data, photos, and stories.  The site includes in-depth features on specific regions, including the Chesapeake.

The Spatial History Project at Stanford University – a place for students, staff, and scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to engage in creative spatial, textual and visual analysis to further research in the humanities. The site features many projects, including Reconstructing California Conservation History and Shaping the West.

Mapbox is an open source mapping platform – check out InfoAmazonia to see what some of its capabilities are

“Story maps” are a new interactive web technology created by ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based mapping and GIS system. There are a variety of project collections (including conservation, planning, and history) worth browsing to get an idea of how other individuals and organizations have combined narrative and mapping.

The Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation has created maps compiled from a variety of resources, which document a growing number of landscape-scale conservation initiatives across North America.

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