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Participatory Data Mapping with Field Papers

March 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Instructors: Dr. Michele Tobias and Nina Fontana

Dates: March 10, 2020

Time: 10-noon

Location: DataLab classroom (Shields Library room 360)



Field Papers is a tool built by Stamen Design that leverages OpenStreetMap to create atlases of your study area that you can print, take notes on, and then import into QGIS with just a photo.  Ecology graduate student Nina Fontana will introduce the tool and demonstrate how she uses it for her research in eastern Europe. Dr. Michele Tobias will then lead participants in a hands-on exercise to use the tool to annotate maps of Davis and import them into QGIS. Field Papers is a tool that’s applicable to both social science and natural science research. This workshop is run by DataLab’s Spatial Science research cluster #MaptimeDavis series.


Learner objectives:

* use OpenStreetMap in combination with Field Papers to digitize hand-annotated mapping information.

* identify potential research use cases for this tool.

* identify where to go to learn more!



This workshop is designed for learners from all domains. No experience with OpenStreetMap, Field Papers, or QGIS is necessary. Learners with QGIS background and who wish to follow along are encouraged to bring their laptops with QGIS installed.


About the instructor:

Dr. Michele Tobias is the Geospatial Data Curator at DataLab. She received her PhD in Geography from UC Davis where she studied the ecology of beach dune grassland communities. Nina Fontana is a PhD student in Ecology at UC Davis exploring the role of traditional ecological knowledge in land and resource stewardship, conservation ecology and sustainable agriculture.


March 10, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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DataLab: Data Science and Informatics (DSI)


Shields Library, room 360