Data Management and Database Standards
For information on IMAP Database Standards, please click on the following link:
For information on Data Themes and Layers, please click on the following link:
Data Themes and Layers
(MS Excel Spreadsheet)
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Inventory and monitoring projects generate data that is linked to specific park locations. Also, certain types of data, such as vegetation classification or wildlife habitat classification, can be presented in maps, along with physical features such as streams, roads, and topography. Geographic Information Systems are computer tools for managing and analyzing location and other inventory and monitoring data.
GIS support is available from the Natural Resources Division IMAP support team in Sacramento and at the Services. Many Districts also have GIS capability.
For more information about GIS, please click on the following link:
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
An important tool for determining locations of inventory and monitoring sites in parks are Global Positioning System devices.
For more information about GPS, please click on the following link:
Assessment of inventory and monitoring data is a primary goal of IMAP. Raw data can be interpreted in many ways, including statistical analysis and graphical depictions. There are many computer-based statistical analysis programs available. For many purposes, the standard Microsoft products, Excel and Access, can be used to prepare summary statistics and simple charts/graphs. For more complex statistical analysis IMAP currently uses commercially available statistical analysis programs, such as Systat.
At this time the NRD IMAP support team has performed limited data analysis. As field data is collected and assessments of that data conducted, information regarding that process will be described here.