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Conference 2018

Making the Most of Technology
17th October 2018 - Birmingham
10:30am - 4:20pm (doors open at 9:45am)

By LERCs for LERCs
This year's conference provides space for LERCs to learn from each other. Delegates will learn how to get the most from the latest technological developments and how these can support LERC business . The only outside speaker is Rich Burkmar of the Field Studies Council, although even he is an ex-LERC manager making a welcome return.

Rich Burkmar (FSC)
Rich will show the FSC QGIS plugin, something that many LERCs are already using to great effect,  and discuss it's future development.  You can have your say on the plugin ahead of the discussion by responding to the short consultation here.

Clare Blencowe (ALERC Chair, SxBRC)
Clare will talk through all the work that ALERC has been doing to secure the future of Recorder 6, making sure that LERCs continually have access to fit for purpose database technology.


2018 sees the return of workshops, running alongside a larger discussion session in the main hall.  Workshops have limited space so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Anyone missing out on a workshop, or who doesn't wish to participate in one, is invited to join in in the discussion in the main hall.

Workshop A
Alex Waecheter (HERC) - Digital Cartography

Make your maps work for you: Cartography design principles, examples and Q&A plus demonstration of some techniques in QGIS. Bring your questions and problem maps for suggestions and advice or come for inspiration and new ideas to try out in your own work. Intended for those with some experience in GIS mapping (not necessarily in QGIS), who are looking to improve the look and readability of their maps.

Workshop B
Andy Foy (Andy Foy Consulting, LERC contractor) -  Getting the Most Out of Recorder 6

A demo and discussion of two open source GIS tools (for MapInfo and ArcGIS) to query, extract and map species data within Recorder6.

Workshop C
Dan Carpenter (TVERC) - Introduction to R

We will showcase how TVERC have been using R to help with task automation and then introduce some basic code for data manipulation that LERCs may find useful.  Ideally, participants should have a laptop with R and RStudio downloaded onto it.  We will provide some sample data to work with in advance of the conference.

Main room discussion

It's Business Time - Using Technology to Improve Business

  • How can we turn advancing technology into productive business?
  • What is the role for ALERC in coordinating LERC technological development?
  • How can we best adapt to developments outside of the LERC community (e.g. the NBN Atlas)?
Discussion in the main room will seek to answer these questions and more.
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Have You Renewed Your ALERC Membership?

Prices this year are £35 for members and £55 for non-members.  

If you are yet to renew your membership please do so here before booking conference places or you will be charged non-member's rate.
Soapboxes are on the agenda again, so if you have something interesting and exciting to share, why not take to the soapbox. Please reserve your spot in advance.
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