Topic: Who's using IHS?
The LRCs in the South-East, together with funding from Natural England, have developed a GIS tool to support habitat data capture. It works with both ArcGIS and MapInfo and closely (but not yet exactly) matches the attributes required in Natural England's new MoA Appendix 3.
The first version is completed and ready for use but a number of further enhancements have already been identified that will make it more useable. Progress is being made to get these enhancements costed and developed which will hopefully (funds allowing) include changes to the attributes to support Natural England's habitat inventory format. So the next version should be more useful to all interested LRCs.
We would be keen to see the tool adopted by other LRCs across the UK - the more users there are the lower shared development and maintenance costs will be to each user (and the more we can demonstrate LRCs are standardising their data and outputs). IHS is central to this GIS tool, so the question is how many LRCs across the UK are using IHS? Can people post a reply saying:
1. If you are already using IHS (in some capacity)
2. If you are interested in a GIS habitat data capture tool
The more LRCs that are using IHS, and hence the wider the potential user base for the tool, the more likely we can secure some more funding from Natural England to enhance/maintain the tool in the future.
If you know of other LRCs that are using IHS can you post that information too (as not all LRCs are ALERC members and may not see this post)?
Ecologist & IT consultant
Andy Foy Consulting (ex-HBIC)