Create Maps with summarized/ plotted species info - Exportable to PDF or GIS

#1

Hi

Not sure if something like this already exists, but I was thinking that it would be helpful to have an option in each observation where you can export species information onto a map (satellite or relief) in a summarized form, and also an option to export groups of observations and be able to depict group info in a graph or legend

Example:
I’m noticing a trend of alien species invasion in the mountains close to where I work. I want to bring this to the attention of local conservation authorities. I have created observations for each of these alien species and added them to the Alien Early Detection and Rapid Response project. Now I’d like a function where I can export each of the fields for each of the species in the AEDRR project into a map of a certain scale (for argument sake: 1: 50 000), either in PDF format or simply to have the info compressed into pre-determined columns in a Comma Delimited file which can be exported into GIS software. The fields could be depicted in the map in a variety of ways, one example being in a Legend where min/max values can be applied in order to create a density map

I don’t know how the deeper mechanics and programming of such a function would work, but what does everyone think of this suggestion?

#2

doesn’t the ability to export to CSV already exist? (if you pull something up into the Explore page, and click the Filters button, there’s a Download option in the bottom-right corner of that Filter menu.) how is what you’re describing different from that?

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#3

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/export should produce a CSV within your desired parameters that you can import as a layer onto a map. There are several online converters (Google Maps will just allow CSV import, for example https://www.google.com/earth/outreach/learn/visualize-your-data-on-a-custom-map-using-google-my-maps/) or you can use very rudimentary Python to code the CSV to KML, JSON, etc.

#4

Thanks pisum!

That’s amazing! Combined with this from jilliankern " Google Maps will just allow CSV import, for example https://www.google.com/earth/outreach/learn/visualize-your-data-on-a-custom-map-using-google-my-maps/ "
I have just made a map of all the Tanekaha observed on my project site. Something I only dreamed I might ever be able to do:) Its not pretty yet, eg it has a whole lot of fields I don’t need, but I’ll work on that. and also see if the cvs file can be imported in openstreetmaps, which I also only just heard of, on this forum.

Thanks for the thread antonywalton!

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#5

@kaipatiki_naturewatc – you’re welcome. as far as cloud mapping providers go, i tend to use ArcGIS online. i like the StoryMaps that you can create in that platform, among other things. but each platform has its pros and cons.

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#6

Thanks again. When checking out another forum suggestion recently, the storymaps, I found arcgis seemed to be what i needed but to sign up I had to contact a local vendor, i think from memory. I need to pursue that when I have time