Field Work Planning – Have you done yours?

dirt_trackIt can be kind of liberating to get out into the field early in a new research project. Without a sampling strategy and data collection plan though, you are probably wasting your limited research money 😦

Fortunately, there are heaps of ways to get some perspective on, and put together a plan for, your study site(s) before your feet pound the trail!

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Recently in SAL…

Bee Task HuntThe end of January saw an increasing influx of staff and students return from their summer fieldwork and holidays, so its been a bit quiet on the blog but very busy in SAL!

Most notably over the last couple of weeks we have:

  • Taken delivery of some more COWs, bringing our herd to 9
  • Refreshed several computers in the TOL (Spatial Research Lab), only TOL11 to go and the lab will be full of shiny new computers
  • Updated several sections of the SAL Portal – see below for details
  • Done a lot of back-end work on the systems that help us to support the applied spatial science research projects – which will make it easier for us to keep track of all of you
  • Helped to develop a (we think!) fun mini-lecture on the dangers of drop-bears and developing a field work plan for identifying the hunting grounds of this dangerous creature.

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Why Cite Spatial Data?

Like any resource that you use in your research, you need to cite the sources of spatial data too. Creating, maintaining, and making spatial data available for others is a resource intensive activity – as I am sure you have realised if you’ve ever been into the field to collect data for yourself!

The good news is, it’s pretty easy to get these citations right.

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This week in SAL

Our First COW
Our First COW

The School is in the process of acquiring a herd of COWs for use in the new Science Teaching Facility. As you can see from the picture, they are not ready for general use yet…

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Who was Toni O’Neill?

I occasionally get asked who our postgraduate spatial research lab is named after and why we call it the TOL. If you were wondering…

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Welcome to the SAL Tech Blog

This blog is an experiment for 2015.
If it works, we’ll try to keep it up 😉

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