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Mappt User Story: Building Market Linkages for Smallholder Farmers in Uganda

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

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A project enumerator collects data from a respondent using Mappt on a Samsung-SM231 in a rural village in Uganda

Laza Razafimbelo is a research associate at IPA in Uganda. He works on the “Market Linkages for Smallhold Farmers in Uganda” project. Prices of staple foods like maize, beans, and rice vary substantially in Sub-Saharan Africa, depending on the season, country, and region. Addressing the imbalance in food supply and increasing farmer income may require a multi-pronged approach that tackles multiple barriers at once. The project is evaluating the impact of contract farming services and a mobile technology-enhanced trader alerts system on food markets across Uganda.

Why did you need to use a  Geographic Information System (GIS) in the project?

Laza: In planning the project, it was decided that a Geographic Information System (GIS) was required for 2 reasons;

  1. As a management tool, we needed to use it to keep track of the data collection process.
  2. As part of the project, we wanted to map the road to our study areas and collect information along the route.

Why did you need Mappt?

Laza: Mappt is the best road mapping app we could find on the market after testing several. It has a great support and sales team. One may be tempted to use the bunch of free apps on the market, but this made the difference and the quality of data from Mappt is incomparable to other applications.

What problems were occurring before Mappt?

Laza: Internet coverage is a big problem. The internet is not always guaranteed since we mainly work in the rural area of Uganda. We  found that paper materials were messy and inaccurate. We tried to collect some of the data (travel time, etc)  manually, but the data was inconsistent due to the inaccuracy.

How did you use Mappt?

Laza: We were using Mappt to help us to add the transport cost into our analysis. With Mappt, we were mapping the main commercial routes of our study areas. With the same tool, we also collected other data such as road quality type, travel time, etc. We subscribed to 9 licenses for a period of 2 months and we managed to collect all the different data that we wanted using only one tool – Mappt.

Why did you choose Mappt over other software?

Laza: We chose Mappt for a number of reasons – cost efficient, ability to work offline, brilliant attribute features and vector layers, good GPS coordination system and great support and sales team.

So how did the project turn out?

Laza: We are done with the data collection and will start the analysis.

What was the most valuable thing about Mappt?

Laza: Reliable tool (never got a bug), great support and sales team.

Final question – would you recommend Mappt to others? Why?

Laza: We highly recommended Mappt for any mobile GIS work for its reliability and the great team behind it. We have tried a lot of other apps but Mappt is way better.

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Collecting field data using Mappt under the shade of a mango tree in rural Uganda

 

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The Ultimate Fieldwork Preparation Checklist

How to successfully conduct a fieldwork expedition and enjoy yourself along the way.

This simple checklist provides a tool to ensure researchers, geologists, scientists or explorers are fully prepared for their journey.

We’ve also included some helpful tips and suggestions for an enjoyable expedition.

The Ultimate Fieldwork Preparation Checklist – Click Here to Download Free PDF

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New Technologies Transforming the US Military at AUSA 2017

2017 AUSA

The Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America.

Taking place over three days in October, Takor’s USA team attended the expo to showcase Mappt Military, the bespoke version of Mappt designed specifically for the US military. The primary focus of the trip was to demonstrate Mappt Military’s recent upgradesto Program Executive Officers and staff personnel from Pentagon command elements.

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A secondary objective was to network with other organisations holding an existing Department of Defence market presence and potentially partner with for Mappt Military feature upgrades.

Takor USA was able to give live demonstrations to some of these firms and arrange for further deliberations. In addition to US companies, AUSA was attended by organisations and government departments from Australia, the UK, Ukraine, Greece, France, Korea and Poland.

ausa1One of the first demos given by Craig Baldner was to Mike Aper and David Gieger, both of whom are strong advocates of Mappt Military and are from Engility Corp, which operates the Mobile App Store for the National Geospatial Agency. David Gieger followed-up the AUSA Expo with a visit to the Defence Logistics Agency, where enquiries have been made as to the availability of mapping apps for mobile devices.

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Mobile Integration

The Takor team gave demonstrations to a variety of defence orientated organisations such as battlefield surveillance radars, drone systems and vehicle navigation tablets. The trip provided valuable intelligence for the future of Mappt Military and its potential adaptability for mobile display and as control device for radar systems.

The drone market present at AUSA reported they currently have no ability to display full motion video feeds to the company level the echelon Mappt Military is designed for. This meeting resulted in an excellent potential product integration presently being considered.

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An evaluation of the industry and event has also indicated that there are currently no direct resilient competitors to Mappt Military.

Attending the AUSA event provided the Takor team with an exceptional opportunity to survey existing companies Takor may work with, identify possible competing products, collect new user requirements and locate possible market entry avenues.

The next Expo Team Takor USA hopes to attend is the Marine West Expo at Camp Pendleton in California in early February 2018.  The focus of that event will be to demonstrate Mappt Military directly to Marine Corps tactical personnel and promote downloads to all personnel with mobile devices.

Mappt Military provides enhanced situational awareness, field mapping and navigation tracking for Defence and security personnel through a mobile application. To learn more about our game changing technology check out www.mapptmilitary.com

Mappt Case Study: Rodinia Geological Services

Project Name: Klondyke
Date: April-September 2017 (ongoing)
Company: Rodinia Geological Services consulting to Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI)
Location: East Pilbara, Western Australia
Industry: Mineral Exploration

Background

Rodinia Geological Services is a geological consulting services company consisting of husband and wife team, Nancy Reardon and Mark Styles. They specialise in geological mapping and target generation (for drilling) for mineral exploration companies.

Calidus Resources is an ASX listed gold exploration company which controls the 410,000-ounce Warrawoona Gold Project in Pilbara Goldfield in Western Australia.

Nancy and Mark decided to switch from notebooks and paper data entry to direct collection of data via mobile GIS. After investigating ArcGIS and MapInfo, they were disappointed to find these options were extremely expensive, they then came across Mappt.

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Problem

Nancy and Mark were originally collecting data by writing notes, taking GPS points and photos with a camera.

The process of compiling this data was extremely time consuming, inconvenient and less accurate. Mappt saves an enormous amount of time and rids the torturous task of data entry at the end of the day.

It was also very difficult for others to use the metadata, as clients would get a product map as a compilation and raw metadata.

Collecting data with Mappt allows clients to access and use the metadata easily, providing a better product for clients, more efficiently. Mappt was also significantly less expensive than the alternatives.

Objective

The objective for Rodinia Geological was to undertake geological mapping and analysis to define targets for drilling at Klondyke.

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Solution

With ruggedised tablets, Nancy and Mark would enter point data, take associated geotagged photos and draw lines and polygons to represent various geological features when out in the field.

The team used Mappt offline in a remote location with no cell or data service. They found the drop-down forms tool the key to collecting data that could be directly imported into their desktop GIS software.

Nancy and Mark initially chose Mappt for affordability, however quickly discovered Mappt is very user friendly and has all the features they needed to make their field mapping significantly faster, cheaper and easier. Nancy and Mark imported imagery and existing data as a base map and collect point data using the drop-down form tool.

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Outcome

The project is ongoing, with targets defined by Rodinia Geological to be drill-tested in future campaigns. Nancy and Mark will continue to use Mappt for future data collection, mapping and mobile GIS at Klondyke, as well as for projects for other clients.

Testimonial

“We love your product. I’ll be using it on a broker/analyst tour for a client. The platform allows an infinite amount of flexibility over old-school paper!”

– Mark, Rodinia Geological Services

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Mappt is now available in Hindi!

In 2017, India has the highest number of Mappt users than any other country, so we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Mappt in Hindi language.

Followed closely by the United States and Indonesia, Mappt is now being used in over 130 countries around the world.

The need for offline mobile GIS has skyrocketed in the past few years and according to several recent reports, the global mobile GIS market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.04% over the next 4 years.

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Why Mobile GIS?

Mobile GIS has exploded into a range of industries including mining, agriculture, environmental and utilities. From maintenance, inspections to tracking and mapping, mobile data collection applications are changing the way we do our field work.

Mappt makes your any work in the field faster, easier and way more accurate. Not to mention cheaper… Have you tried the new iOS version of Mappt?

Mappt Elements (iPhone) is free to download on the app store here.

If your tablet’s language is already set to Hindi, Mappt will automatically download into your set language. If you want to change it manually, this can be easily adjusted in Mappt’s settings.

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Globalisation is Here

With the growing interconnectivity of the world, the need for products in multiple languages has never been greater. You asked, we listened.

To access Mappt in Hindi, upgrade for free to the latest version of Mappt via the Google Play Store here.

Mappt is also available in English, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, French, Farsi and Turkish.

Is Mappt not available in your language? Email us at support@mappt.com.au to let us know you want it!

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What is Mobile GIS and why is it so important right now?

What is GIS?

Ok let’s take a few steps back, what’s GIS you say? Geographic Information Systems.

Still too scary? Well basically, and I mean very basically it’s mapping.

National Geographic defines GIS as “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.”

GIS can show several types of information on one map. This map has 3 layers – streets, buildings, and vegetation. GIS enables us to see and understand noteworthy patterns and relationships.
Understanding the location element of any kind of data helps us to discover facts about the world we live in.

We can use maps to see change or relationships in population for urban planning, pollution for environmental hazards, soils for agriculture, rock characteristics for geology or telephone poles for asset management. These examples offer only a glimpse into the incredible means GIS and mapping technologies provide.

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What is Mobile GIS?

Ok now that we’ve wrapped our heads around GIS lets dive a little deeper into mobile. Yep, you guessed it, ‘mobile’ GIS is simply the power of GIS in the palm of our hands.

With the rise of the smartphone era, people now need access to information at every moment of the day. This is critical to performing tasks in the field or on location. Mobile GIS allows people to access the entirety of their spatial data on a tablet or mobile phone. Not only can people view this data anywhere at any time, but they can add, manipulate and share the information in real time.

According to the recent Technavio report, the global mobile GIS market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.04% during the period 2016-2020. According to the report, it is because of the growing need for continuous and constant access to geospatial data and an increaseof mobile viewing in remote areas, without internet.

Mobile GIS companies must tackle the complex nature of programming on this platform and be fully functional offline for use in isolated areas. The creator of Mappt, Takor Group, has also been named a prominent vendor in the Global Mobile GIS Market.

Want to try a mobile GIS app? Download Mappt for a free trial.

Or check out the data collection version of Mappt for iOS users here: www.mapptelements.com.au

 

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Siobhan has no background in GIS, she’s a beginner, just like you. Follow her stories for an easier digest of all things geospatial.

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Collector for ArcGIS vs Mappt – Feature Comparison Table

Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS and Takor’s Mappt are both widely used mobile GIS applications – but which has more in depth features and which is better value for money?

Below is a side by side comparison of all the features of ArcGIS Collector and Mappt.

For a more in depth review of the components of the two apps visit our previous blog post here.

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Mappt mobile GIS was designed and created for the field.

The geologist, the farmer, the miner, the data collector – whoever you are, wherever you are, Mappt is for the user. We strive to be the best mobile mapping app on the market.

If you need a further explanation of some of the differences between Mappt and Collector for ArcGIS click here.

We’d love to know which you prefer Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS or Mappt? Do you agree with our table? Comment below, Like us on Facebook or email info@mappt.com.au to contribute to the future of location technology.

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*Mappt Elements™ for iOS is currently available with selected features. For more info please visit mapptelements.com.au
NOTE: Mappt™ is in no way affiliated with Esri™ or Collector for ArcGIS™ in any way.

 

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Mappt Case Study: Focused Vision Consulting

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Organisation: Focused Vision Consulting
Location: Munster, Western Australia
Industry: Environmental

Background

Focused Vision Consulting (FVC) is an environmental and HSEQ (health, safety, environment and quality) consultancy, that brings together expertise across a range of specialist disciplines including ecology, environmental approvals, compliance, management systems, health and safety, quality assurance, site support and more.

FVC specialise in biological studies supporting a variety of industries. These include flora and fauna vegetation surveys and environmental assessments.

Problem

FVC were using paper materials, which were inaccurate and inconvenient.

They needed a more visual tool for when they were conducting surveys, mapping flora and monitoring vegetation. When FVC workers were out in the field they needed to have a comprehensive overview of exactly where they were going, what they were doing and what they were trying to achieve.

Solution

FVC decided to use Mappt after being recommend by a GIS professional. Mappt enabled FVC’s environmental practitioners to log a detailed account of their findings, map each finding’s exact locations, and view this data easily whilst out in the field with no internet access.

 

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FVC significantly reduced their paper materials and instead used one compact Android device to view, capture, store and share all their relevant data. The app made producing maps, figures and reports for their clients significantly easier, faster and more efficient. Some of the services FVC were using Mappt for included:

  • Flora and vegetation surveys
  • Threatened flora surveys and mapping
  • Vegetation condition and weed mapping
  • Wetland assessments and reclassification or boundary modification applications
  • Vegetation and rehabilitation monitoring programs
  • Terrestrial vertebrate fauna surveys
  • Conservation significant fauna and habitat surveys
  • Technical reporting of biological assessment or monitoring information
  • Environmental Management Plans
  • Environmental impact assessments and approvals

Outcome

Since 2015, Focused Vision Consulting has been using Mappt for all their projects and has not had any issues to date. Mappt’s utilisation of a light and compact device has transformed their environmental field work through its ease of use and mobile efficiency.

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How does Mobile GIS Help Civil Engineers and the Construction Industry?

Civil engineering encompasses the built environment. It is the brains behind the construction of buildings, bridges, roads, railways and water supplies – to name a few.

Engineering and construction play a vital role in the development and sustainability of our cities and urban infrastructure., so how is GIS and more specifically, mobile GIS, shaping the industry for the better?

What is a GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a software that allows you to create, edit, store and share location-based data. It is a powerful technology used by a variety of industries for multiple purposes to solve real world problems, and the engineering and construction industries are no exception.

Mobile GIS is a relatively new concept for many industry experts due to the colossal enhancements in technology, which are allowing users to move away from desktop GIS. Mappt™ – a mobile GIS and data collection application – works offline and gives users the power to simplify field data collection and mapping in remote areas.

Operating on compact devices like tablets and mobile phones, Mappt has cast out the need for paper maps, forms, notepads, GPS tools and other finicky objects by combining them into one simple app.

Building infrastructure requires in depth planning and investigation of surrounding environments. Utilising a GIS allows you to view areas, coordinates, and parameters that would remain imprecise without the visualisation of data. Overlaying data on top of your map is an integral part of building comprehensive and accurate planning resources.

Mappt has the following features to make predesign analysis and calculations more efficient through onsite data collection and mapping. Below are just some of the ways mobile GIS is transforming the engineering and construction industry.

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Importing & Exporting

Mappt allows you to quickly import any kind of map or GIS data for offline viewing in the field or onsite. Import a map with specific data onto Mappt and view this in any area you are working in on a light and compact device. Multiple maps can be imported and layered within the app, and you can adjust the opacity to see various attributes at once.

Points, Lines & Polygons

Once you are in the field with your maps loaded onto your device, you can drop a point, create a line or draw a polygon (straight-sided shape). Once you’ve added this kind of data onto your map you can add attributes or characteristics to each point, line or polygon to record more information.

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Drop Down Forms

When recording additional information about a marker point, geotagged photo or polygon, users have the option to choose a drop-down form. Drop-down forms allow you to create several options to select when recording data out in the field, for example damaged or undamaged, slope stability, volume or material. This makes data collection faster and less repetitive for the field worker.

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Geofencing

Geofences mark out inclusion or exclusion zones to ensure workers don’t go out of unmarked boundaries. If you step inside an exclusion zone such as heritage land, an alarm will notify the user and the event will be logged in Mappt. Alternatively, if you’re working in a small area, you can create an inclusion zone, and make sure you never step outside your boundary.

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Gridding & Measurement

Mappt has inbuilt measurement tools to calculate exact distances between areas. An overlaying grid with specific coordinates or sizes can be turned on and off to allow workers on site to visualise distances easier.

Map Annotations

Draw, add shapes and type text over your mapping data to give others clarification of your data. This handy, fun and colourful tool allows users to highlight areas of interest or point to a specific marker. You can screenshot the data and send it back to the office, or save it for later.

GPS Tracking

Whilst holding the device, Mappt will track and map your exact movements to provide transparency and accountability for workers on site. This is also handy if you ever need to retrace your steps but can’t remember the safe way back.

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Import WMS/WFS/WMTS data feeds 

You can easily pull maps or their data from the web and into Mappt to work with out in the field.  If you’re worried about file sizes, you can choose to pull selected data from a set area within these maps to reduce the file size, allowing Mappt work as quickly as possible.

Aside from these valuable features, Mappt also gives users:

  • The ability to import vector data
  • Advanced API caching
  • Full layer control
  • Export data to local disk, email or Google Drive
  • Thematic mapping
  • Upload unlimited offline size files
  • Read-only data sets for huge files

Civil Engineers can use GIS to plan liveable communities and create lasting and meaningful infrastructure. With the recent surge in powerful mobile devices, GIS has become affordable and practical for all kinds of industries to increase efficiency and accuracy for collected data.

So whether you are analysing site suitability or implementing an underground piping system, Mappt is your number one tool for collecting, viewing, storing and sharing every type of geospatial data on and off your mobile device.

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Siobhan has no background in GIS, she’s a beginner, just like you. Follow her stories for an easier digest of all things geospatial.

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How Mobile GIS is Revolutionising Forest Inventories

Protecting the hills, regulating streams, providing habitat for fauna, and producing that little thing called oxygen are all on a forest’s to-do list.

It’s tough being a forest and these jobs are just the tip of the iceberg, so how can we help them out and ensure they thrive?

Comprehensive forest management and sustainability largely depends on the quantity and quality of information available. This information or data is obtained from forest inventories.

Recent advancements in technology have already begun to improve the accuracy and efficiency of forest inventories, with the impact of emerging geospatial technologies still being realised.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are location-based tools that aid in the collection, analysis and visualisation of accurate data. Visualising this kind of tree data enables key stakeholders in the forestry industry to make informed decisions.

Forest managers, regional planners, arborists and conservation biologists need forest data to create actionable intelligence on the health and state of the trees.

With drastic developments in mobile phones over recent years, data collection, field mapping and mobile GIS have meant creating forest inventories has never been easier.

Below are several features some mobile mapping GIS and data collection tools have that can help revolutionise forest inventories.

Offline GPS Tracking

Offline GPS tracking is perfect for recording the exact movements of field workers. The offline component enables the device to be used in any remote location without internet access.

Mappt™ is a mobile GIS and data collection app, built for field workers that need to create, edit, store and share geospatial data. Mappt’s offline GPS calculates distances, helps workers to find targeted areas faster and provides evidence of the ground that has been covered. The offline GPS tool can be switched on and will work in the background while you get on with the rest of your data collection.

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Drop Down Forms and Points, Lines and Polygons

The digital revolution is in full swing and the need for paper is diminishing. Environmental workers now have the power to use devices such as tablets or even phones to easily take notes on specific points, draw lines and view this all this information visually on a digital map.

Mappt enables users to create detailed descriptions in customisable ‘drop down’ forms. Field workers can enter detailed or simple options on aspects such as tree diameter, height, observations, conditions, eco-zones, political or property boundaries, species, population, and any other characteristics.

Once these forms are created, the user simply selects the correct answer from the list as opposed to typing it in each time. These forms save time, reduces repetition and can cut down human error.
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Geofencing

When conducting a forest inventory, serious consideration of boundaries and borders is needed to ensure data is accurately represented in each respective area. Mappt has a ‘geofencing’ tool which allows users to mark out areas that field workers should not disturb, such as wildlife habitats, heritage land or sensitive sites. It can also be used to simply mark out the area you should be working in to assess a specific rehabilitation zone.

If a boundary is breached, an alarm will sound and an alert will display to stop workers in their tracks. Mappt will also log the event according to date, time and distance.

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Geotagged Photos and Map Annotation

Mappt enables field workers to take geotagged photos using the device the app is running on. This photo is then saved and geotagged on the map to the exact spot it was taken in.

Users then have the option to annotate the photo in-app for further data clarification. Using a pen tool, filed workers can draw on an image to (for example) circle areas of unfamiliarity or highlight where a sample was taken from. Users can also add shapes and text to the map itself both in satellite view and street view to highlight physical characteristics of the forest or draw attention to damaged forest areas.

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The Future is Mobile

Mobile phones, tablets and handheld devices now have the capability of full sized desktop computers. Bolting a GIS onto your mobile device makes them an invaluable and powerful tool for undertaking forest inventories or any other kind of field work and data collection.

Due to the sudden advances in these technologies, many businesses operating within environmental and forestry industries are falling behind as they’re not realizing the potential savings these technologies can provide. Time is money and without the use of applications such as Mappt, the forestry industry is at risk of becoming an inflated production.

GIS field data collection software make creating forest inventories fast, smooth and simple. Some of Mappt’s other features include; importing and exporting various kinds of geospatial data; thematic mapping; cached Google Maps; and WMS and WFS feed capabilities.

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Ssiobhan-profile2iobhan Herne
Marketing and Communications

Siobhan has no background in GIS, she’s a beginner, just like you. Follow her stories for an easier digest of all things geospatial.