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FSC win for biological recording plugin tool

FSC is celebrating after being awarded CIEEM's Best Practice Knowledge Sharing Award this week for their unique plugin for QGIS. The plugin has been developed by FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity (Tom.bio) project to help those making biological records to use QGIS much more effectively.

QGIS is a highly useful tool used to manage and analyse data and use it for visualising or creating maps. By creating an additional plugin Tom.bio have helped make it much more user-friendly and intuitive for those in the ecological sector.

The plugin provides four highly beneficial functions: enabling biological recorders to deal with UK OS map references; reading spreadsheets of biological records and mapping them in QGIS; allowing the incorporation of grid maps from the National Biodiversity Network and offering the ability to use maps from across the internet to compare data.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, or CIEEM, Awards recognise Best Practices in ecological and environmental management. FSC won in the Knowledge Sharing category, which looks for impact in providing any kind of training, education or exchange of knowledge.

Developer of this initiative Dr Rich Burkmar is Biodiversity Projects Officer at FSC: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from CIEEM and thank them very much for this award. The Tom.bio project works to improve biological recording in the UK, through research, training and signposting. By making QGIS more efficient for those creating biological records I very much hope it will benefit these wider aims and enable more and more records to be submitted, giving us further knowledge about our environment.”

FSC, through Tom.bio and other initiatives, continues to offer a number of ways to support this sector.  Find out more at www.field-studies-council.org/biodiversity

Friday, June 23, 2017