Saturday, October 09, 2010

Like maps? Help map IUCN Red List data

Distribution of the Spanish Ibex, drawn from IUCN data. (Source: By Nrg800 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons)

If you've always wanted to do something with GIS (geographic information systems) but needed data to make pretty maps with, why not help draw species distribution maps for Wikimedia Commons? The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has partnered with Wikimedia to put the species distribution data from its Red List of threatened and endangered species in the public domain. Wikimedia is looking for volunteers to map this data onto a world map background, to produce distribution maps for species with available data (about 25 000 of them). An example is shown above.

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