The GNLCC Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
Presenters: Sean Finn, Great Northern LCC and Tim Kern, USGS Fort Collins Science Center
Summary: The path to effective collaboration over large geographic areas depends on successful transcendence of boundaries – political, jurisdictional, disciplinary, social, and technical. The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) and partners are working to soften each of these boundaries while respecting the vision, mandates, and security concerns of the broad array of LCC partners. GNLCC has developed a state-of-the-art geospatial data discovery, management, and analysis tool which supports inter-organization collaboration and coordination: The Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal or LC MAP.
LC MAP combines modules built off DOIs open source developed ScienceBase, which provides efficient data search, catalog and management tools, with the ArcGIS 10 spatial data editing, analysis, and modeling environment to provide a powerful, fully functional project management portal. Interaction with the spatial data employs a suite of web services allowing dispersed, inter-organizational teams to access and analyze common datasets in real-time and provides automated metadata and versioning functions to closely document project progress and product development.
A robust security infrastructure is built in front of all components giving project managers fine-tune controls over accessibility and data publication. Tradeoffs in design were focused on reaching the widest possible audience while relying on established, reliable platforms with in-place user support. This webinar will present our theoretical approach to Portal development, a demonstration of functionality from project inception to decision, and instructions on how to acquire an account and begin using LC MAP.