2023-11-21, 13:50–14:00 (Asia/Manila), Plenary Hall
Understanding the distribution of tree species is crucial for ecological comprehension and effective conservation strategies. This research presents a web-based platform aimed at visually representing the trees found at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Open-source geospatial tools such as OpenStreetMap and QGIS were utilized for data visualization, analysis, and spatial pattern assessment. The findings of this research contribute to the effective management, conservation, and restoration of the campus' green spaces, while also raising awareness about the significance of trees in urban ecosystems. The online interactive map serves as a valuable tool for improving management and conservation strategies. To collect, validate, process, and analyze the data, various open-source technologies were employed, including Pl@ntNet, KoboToolbox, JOSM, uMap, and QGIS. Through these tools, the study identified a total of 11 tree species, with acacia being the dominant species along the academic oval. The output of this study allows users to explore the diverse range of tree species present on the campus. The findings of this study highlight the effectiveness of open-source tools for geospatial applications, providing a viable alternative to commercially available technologies.
With over 5 years of experience in the academic industry, I have become a passionate advocate for the open mapping movement. My focus has been on empowering individuals, especially students and the wider public, by providing training on utilizing free and open-source software for geospatial applications, notably OpenStreetMap. I am dedicated to fostering a culture of accessible and open knowledge, particularly in the field of geoinformatics and mapping, aiming to equip others with valuable skills and insights for a better understanding and utilization of geospatial technologies.