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Information Management at NHIC. Natural Heritage Information. Information Providers. Decision Makers/ User Community. Long Term Information Management. NHIC. Benefits of Stable Foundation for Information Management. Cost effective Minimize duplication of effort Continuity

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natural heritage information
Natural Heritage Information



Decision Makers/

User Community

Long Term

Information Management


benefits of stable foundation for information management
Benefits of Stable Foundation for Information Management
  • Cost effective
    • Minimize duplication of effort
  • Continuity
  • Stability of Information
  • Minimize lost records
  • Minimize search effort by decision makers
nhic im goals
  • Common data standards to optimize use
    • Minimize search effort for user community
    • Minimize “data handling” time
    • Quicker turnover of records back to community
    • Ensure all information is retained over time, no “lost” fields
  • Ready flow of data between providers and user community/decision-makers
    • Make it easy to share and to access records wherever possible
      • User can store data locally, but participate in the community, or access their own records from the provincial repository as needed
    • Automated exchanges where possible, minimize number of non-standard exchanges
getting data into the provincial database at nhic
Getting data into the Provincial Database at NHIC…
  • Best formats
    • NRVIS/OGDE – Provincially Tracked Species Observations (PTSObs)
    • Pocket PC GPS Application (Currently an iPaq-ArcPad Field Form)
    • NHIC Website
  • Good
    • Standards-based Excel sheet or MS Access database
    • Sending it to Parks Canada (for national parks), Bird Studies Canada (Breeding Bird Atlas), most Recovery Teams….
    • Other NRVIS layers such as VTE Nesting Site
  • Not quite as happy (but still good)*
    • Standards-based paper form
    • Sending it to other data initiatives ….
    • Your own native database/spreadsheet, not using ours or other international standards
    • E-mails, telephone calls, scraps of paper, hearsay, inscriptions on wood-papyrus-stone ….

* it’s always better to receive data in whatever format, than never to know about the record!

getting access to nhic data
Getting access to NHIC data
    • Provincially Tracked Species Occurrences (PTSOcc)
    • OGDE members can self-serve
    • Others can request data through LIO
    • MNR staff can access the data via NRVIS
      • Request access via interface for NRVIS, GSO for NDD
  • NHIC Website
    • Request a password from NHIC, or external staff with data sharing agreement
  • MNR District Ecologists/Biologists
    • For details on a particular EO
  • NatureServe
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility
  • Direct Requests to NHIC
nrvis data classes
NRVIS Data Classes
  • Provincially Tracked Species Occurrence Class
    • Provincially-tracked species occurrences as identified at NHIC
    • read-only, and only by staff who have detailed access by undergoing data sensitivity training
    • area feature
  • Provincially Tracked Species Observation Class
    • Individual observations as reported by MNR staff
    • read-write, but only by staff who have detailed access by undergoing data sensitivity training
    • area feature
  • Locally Tracked Species Observation Class
    • all district staff could enter information into this one
    • point feature
nrvis classes containing provincially tracked species
NRVIS Classes Containing Provincially-Tracked Species
  • Current NHIC-custodian Rare Species Classes/Guts within NRVIS
      • Provincially Tracked Species Occurrence
      • Provincially Tracked Species Observation
      • Locally Tracked Species Observation
  • Others classes
    • Species(NHIC co-custodianship of provincially tracked species)
      • Nesting Site
      • Calving/Fawning Site
      • Feeding Area
      • Habitat Planning Range
      • Staging Area/Wildlife
    • Areas(no NHIC custodianship)
      • Agreement forest area
      • ANSI
      • Environmentally Sensitive Area
      • Significant Ecological Area
      • Wetland Units