Please note that this agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

8:30am - 9:00am -- Participants arrive and register

9:00am - 10:00am -- Introduction to workshop by Presenters and Organisers

In this session we will introduce you to the presenters, MAPA and Conservation at work. We will present an overview of the freely available Google Geo Tools we’ll cover during the workshop, as well as others you can explore on your own.

10:00am - 12:00pm -- Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth has revolutionized geographic information visualization by putting it in the hands of the masses. In this session we’ll teach you how to find your way around Google Earth, and how you can can use it to communicate your conservation efforts. We’ll teach you basic navigation tricks, how to add points, lines, polygons and image overlays and how to share the information you’ve created. We’ll also talk about satellite imagery and street view, and introduce you to other techniques and capabilities you can explore on your own.  

12:00pm - 01:30pm -- Lunch

01:30pm  - 02:00pm -- GPS & GIS in Google Earth

In this session we’ll teach you how to add your GPS points, be they .gpx files you’ve been sent or GPS points from your GPS unit or mobile device, to Google Earth and Google Maps. We’ll also show you a few options for getting GIS shapefiles and images into Google Earth.

2:00pm - 3:00pm -- Introduction to Google Maps

In this session we’ll show you what you can find on Google Maps, and how to find it. You’ll learn how to draw points, lines and polygons in Google maps, and import files from Google Earth. We’ll also show you how to create your own custom maps that you can email to collaborators, embed on your website or share in social media. 

3:00 - 4:00pm Google Fusion Tables

In this session we’ll introduce you to the basics of Google Fusion Tables, a technology that allows you upload and visualize tabular data, KMLs and shapefiles in the cloud. You’ll learn how to easily map a spreadsheet of data, and how to either keep it private, share it with your collaborators, or make it public to the world. We’ll also introduce you to more functionality that you can explore on your own.

4:00pm - 5:00pm -- Review of Day 1 & Introduction to Google Map Maker & the MAPA Project tool

In this session we’ll review the content covered in Day 1, and introduce you to the two topics we’ll be concerning ourselves with on day 2: adding information to Google’s base-map and creating maps of conservation projects with the MAPA Project.

Friday, 9 February 2013

8:00am - 08:30am -- Participants arrive

08:30-09:00 Introduction to Map Up & Practical day, brief review of Day 1

The first half of day two will be taken up by participants adding polygons, features and points of interest of their areas, to Google Maps. In this session, we’ll introduce you to Google Map Maker, and explain how the morning’s “Map Up” is going to work.

9:00am - 12:30pm -- Map Maker Map Up

The morning’s Map up session will consist of an overview of the kind of information you could add. We will run short demonstrations interspersed with longer hands-on practicals, on a number of topics we’ll decide on together. At a minimum, you will have the opportunity to make corrections to Google Maps, add roads and paths, add protected area or farm boundaries and add general points of interest.

12:30pm - 02:00pm -- Lunch

02:00pm - 04:00pm -- Create custom maps of your conservation projects

After lunch, we’ll show you how to add your conservation efforts to MAPA’s registry of African conservation, then take the points you’ve added and create maps, reports and links of only the information you’re interested in and share that with colleagues, collaborators, or the world.

4:00pm - 4:30pm -- Wrap-up & Conclusion

Note: Refreshments & Lunch will be provided, and will also be available for purchase on campus.