The aim of this posting is to document the more technical aspects of establishing the knowledge basis necessary to follow up the action plan against american mink (nevison vison) – an alien species in the Norwegian fauna. It will show how the Python programming language and relevant programming libraries (ArcPy and others) are used in an analysis aiming to understand where the mink can spread under given circumstances.
The motivation for this is to document the process for other relevant projects as well as to make relevant code and methodological descriptions available for other persons/institutions involved in similar projects. The work has been made possible with access to other freely available information online and as such this posting should be considered a timely way of paying back for “services provided”. Continue reading →
Throughout the last four years I have been traveling to several countries where part of my job has been to get an overview of available spatial data. To do this I needed a tool to make a list of data and associated metadata. So I started playing around with a MS Access database. At a recent stay in Timor Leste I used it for collecting and structuring data.
I guess the database (not necessarily the Timor Leste data) could be useful for more people than me. So in this posting I will explain a bit about how it works and also make it available for download and use. License is CC SA-BY. No promises for updates or user guidance. Continue reading →