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GIS for Ecological Survey and Mapping

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on December 11, 2017 at 7:15 AM

InTouch GIS Services has just had an article published by Inside Ecology magazine. You can view the full article here

Accurately mapping sites and interpreting the information, is an important skill for ecologists to acquire. Jonathan Gatward, provides clarity with regards to mapping and GIS in relation to projects…

Maps are an important everyday tool for an ecologist, whether it is producing the graphics for a full blown environmental impact assessment, mapping the ecology for a small site, or just being able to identify the locations where you are meant to be surveying............. More

Web Mapping and Story Maps

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on May 26, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1)
InTouch GIS Services is pleased to now offer a range of services producing interactive web maps and story maps using ESRI's ArcGIS online service. A guide to what can be produced is available here

MapAction with Prince Harry

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on December 14, 2016 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)

MapAction (the mapping and humanitarian charity I volunteer with) has just released this video of Prince Harry (The MapAction patron) at the Triplex humanitarian field exercise in Norway. An excellent video highlighting the work of MapAction and how we work with other aid agencies at times of humanitarian disasters.

QGIS and ARCGIS with MapAction

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on July 25, 2016 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A very useful training exercise with MapAction looking at the differences advantages and disadvantages of QGIS and ArcGIS

Two great software packages that can produce really excellent high quality mapping products and undertake sophisticated analysis.

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Successfully completed deployment training for MapAction

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on June 2, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Jonathan has now successfully completed the MapAction deployment training and now joins MapActions team of volunteers that can be depolyed around the world to provide mapping support to humanitarian aid missions. An intensive 5 day training sesssion ending in a 46 hour simulation exercise was completed successfully. The training covered all aspects of deployment from good practice in map design and data management through to safety in the field and communications protocols. The exercise included  dealing with very stern looking border patrol's, setting up a On Site Operations Centre (OSOC) in a woodsmans hut with no electricity or running water and intensive mapping to aid a simulated earthquake response.

The exercise finished off with an evacuation of the OSOC including packing up all equipment with 30 mins notice and evacuation under 'UN Guard' before the ENDEX debrief and some well earnt Pizza's.


InTouch volunteers with MapAction

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on August 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

InTouch GIS Services is proud to now be involved with volunteering work with MapActon, a charity providing mapping support for humanitarian distasters. This small charity has a group of over 70 volunteers which can be called upon to fly out within 1 or 2 days to anywhere in the world in support of UN aid missions, providing initial maps of the area and identifying areas in need of assitance and the current deployment of other agencies.

InTouch GIS Newsletter Feb 2015

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on February 27, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (1)

The latest edition of the InTouch GIS Newsletter "GIS Musings" is now available online. Inside this edition, the highlights from 2014 are explained, including information on how InTouch GIS has helped mapped moorland erosion in the Southern Pennines, underaken environmental risk assessments for property and land assests and even mapped waste bins in Queensland Australia.

Download the latest newsletter here - GIS Musings Feb 2015

InTouch GIS Services now a Limited Company

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on September 18, 2014 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

After trading for just over one and half years as a 'Sole Trader', InTouch GIS Services became incorporated as a limited company in July. Its still the same company providing a personalised service for all things spatial by Jonathan Gatward, its just we are now a little better organsied and a little more on a firmer footing. You can still contact me on the same phone number and email, and the name is still basically the same, just with 'Ltd.' at the end. So from now on we will be trading as "InTouch GIS Services Ltd." (Company Number: 09114125)

InTouch joins the British Cartographic Society

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on April 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

InTouch GIS Services has just recently joined the British Cartographic Society, and organisation dedicated to exploring and developing the world of maps.

InTouch GIS Newsletter - Jan 2014

Posted by Jonathan Gatward Huddersfield Yorkshire on January 22, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The latest newsletter from InTouch GIS Services is now available highlighting some of the work and initiatives that InTouch has been involved in during 2013 and opportunities to look forward to during 2014. I hope you find this informative and gives you some ideas of how GIS may help add value to your information.

There is as usual a varied selection of articles, covering using the 2011 census and how it has been used for local community development, river catchment planning to help reduce flooding in West Yorkshire and new initiatives from Bradford University’s Recentre and the Satellite Catapult.

My predictions for 2014 are that it will be a year in which “Big Data” becomes an issue for large and small organisations and which the explosion of online mapping moves in to online analysis. It will see some of the more generic information provided by the UK’s national agencies being used in more innovative ways and by organisations that have previously only considered the pure mapping and locational elements of GIS.

If you want to discuss your ideas for using geographic data and mapping with your company or you just want to know a little more about GIS then please do get in touch with InTouch GIS Services.