Resources from ESRI (ArcGIS)
ESRI (the software company that makes ArcGIS products) offers a number of online courses. Many of these courses are available for free to students and staff at Massey University through our organisational license agreement with ESRI. The best way to find a course is to search their course catalog. You will need an ESRI account to start the course. For this please contact Massey’s ESRI site administrator Matthew Irwin email@example.com
Resources for QGIS
Spatial Database Resources
Several widely used databases support geospatial data, including rich models for representing geometry information, together with tools for spatial querying, indexing and some forms of analysis. Commercial database examples include Oracle Spatial and a common open source option is PostGIS (which extends PostgreSQL). The popular MySQL database also supports spatial objects. A longer list of spatial database management systems can be found here.
Remote Sensing Resources
- Google Earth: https://earthengine.google.com/
- GEE documentation: https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/guides/getstarted
- ASTER: https://terra.nasa.gov/data/aster-data
- Landsat: https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/
- MODIS: https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/
- Sentinel-2: https://sentinel.esa.int/web/sentinel/missions/sentinel-2
Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are used in a range of disciplines and careers to conduct research, monitor infrastructure, shape planning, assist with pest management and site testing, and much more. UAVs are also used in humanities and social sciences research to record imagery, for educational purposes, and work with local communities. There are a range of online and for-purchase programmes (such as AeroSIM) and YouTube resources that talk about how to use and operate different types of UAVs, but the best way to learn is to start with a smaller UAV and practice flight manoeuvres.
All UAV Operators should familiarise themselves with the Civil Aviation Authority’s drone regulations (https://www.aviation.govt.nz/drones/). This site provides information about flying under Part 101 ad Part 102. In addition, best practice is to log your flights with Airshare (https://www.airshare.co.nz/). Airshare provides a web-based and app platform for checking flight restrictions in the area of your flight and a place to log flights (in advance) so that other people are aware are aware that your drone will be in the sky. For anyone looking to fly UAVs safely, we also highly recommend the Massey University School of Aviation RPAS Course: https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/colleges/college-business/school-of-aviation/study/rpas-course/rpas-course_home.cfm”
Web Mapping Resources
The GIS&T Body of Knowledge is an excellent resource that explains basic principles of all things geospatial.
Check out these videos to find out more about Geospatial Science, GIS and Geoinformatics: