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QuantarcticaQuantarctica User Survey (5 minutes):

The Norwegian Polar Institute has developed the free, standalone open GIS package Quantarctica [] for Antarctic science and mapping. This geospatial data package is built on the open-source, cross-platform QGIS software, and includes a wide range of cartographic basemap layers, geophysical and glaciological datasets, and satellite imagery. The next version of Quantarctica, releasing in 2017, will focus on increasing the breadth and depth of the included open data from an expanded array of international partners and investigators. Priorities for this new version include Antarctic climatology, biology, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences. The Quantarctica project is also expanding its educational outreach through online and video user tutorials and user workshops.

As part of this enhanced outreach effort, the buildup to the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, and the upcoming release of Quantarctica v3, the Quantarctica project team has assembled a User Survey, with three main goals:

  • Collecting basic demographic information about Quantarctica's diverse user community
  • Soliciting and identifying new datasets for inclusion in future versions of Quantarctica
  • Identifying user priorities for new features and technical improvements

The User Survey is meant for everyone in the Antarctic community, including those who have never used Quantarctica or GIS software. Feedback from this survey will be used to prioritize improvements and additions to Quantarctica v3. The survey will close on May 31st.

Access the User Survey here:

Watch a quick tour of Quantarctica v1:

Registration for the (free!) Quantarctica User Workshop at the SCAR OSC in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 27 August:

From all of us on the Quantarctica project team, we appreciate your feedback, and look forward to bringing the next version of Quantarctica to you, the Antarctic community!

George Roth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kenny Matsuoka, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
on behalf of the Quantarctica project team at the Norwegian Polar Institute

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