ICCB Conference Workshop


Start: July 23, 2017 @ 10AM PT
End: July 27, 2017 @ 10AM PT


Cartagena de Indias Convention Center (Cartagena, Colombia)



Workshop for International Congress for Conservation Biology

July 23 - 27, 2017, Cartagena, Colombia

Discover, Map, and Collaborate: Applying Spatial Data to Conservation Challenges Using Online Tools

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore Data Basin (now available in Spanish); an open-access, online mapping and collaboration platform built to support conservation planning, prioritization, and resource management decisions. Data Basin provides access to well-documented spatial data and provides user-friendly tools for visualizing, analyzing, and co-producing knowledge.  Using an interactive format, the workshop will provide a basic overview of how to download/upload data, create maps, join or start groups, and share expertise on specific topics or regions.  We will use case studies to demonstrate how Data Basin can be used to break down barriers to collaboration and negotiation for scientists, conservation practitioners, decision-makers, and stakeholders affiliated with governments, universities, non-profits, tribes, corporations, and the public. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to explore existing spatial data, create maps and drawings, and access tutorials. Workshop participants will gain access to a social network of 16,500+ users and 20,000+ biological, physical, and socioeconomic datasets at multiple scales.  Data Basin can save resources by limiting the time often required to find and acquire data, modify file formats, and/or purchase and learn proprietary software.  Unlike conventional mapping tools, Data Basin was designed to offer integration and collaboration tools for a non-GIS trained audience. Since it launched in 2010, Data Basin has helped move maps and conservation science products out of the exclusive domain of technical experts.  Data Basin was build with the strong conviction that we can expand our individual and collective ability to develop sustainable solutions by empowering conservation practitioners, decision-makers, and stakeholders through better access to spatial data, non-technical tools, and collaborative networks.  

CBI Staff
Senior Conservation Scientist, Team Lead- Planning & Management
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