Cedar Heritage App – Spring 2018 upgrade

A new Cedar Apps features and fixes code push started in April with a focus on improvements to the Heritage App. We are extending the Community Map functionality, and continue to align Item fields with best practices standards (see links below).

Stay tuned for new web Documentation and PDF Guide in the coming months.

Best practices references:

These standards should be used in conjunction with procedures for digitization, which include digitization specifications, file naming, metadata, and quality assurance.

New fields added to CedarBox Development App Project Workflow Tab

New fields added to CedarBox Development App Project Workflow Tab

We’re rolling out a few changes to Cedar 7 installations this month. Some are behind the scenes improvements to MailHarvest and file attachment listings.

However, some changes will be a little more obvious:

New Workflow Fields

We’ve been working with Central Coast Nations referrals coordinators (Vern, Peter, Dani, Andrea) and with Aaron Heidt (Marine Use Planner with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance) and Craig Outhet (North Coast Skeena First nations Stewardship Society) to get rich MaPP planning maps into Spatial Reports. We did a training session for this purpose in Vancouver on April 13th.

As part of that initiative, we’ve added extra fields to the Project Workflow tab. You can see them highlighted in yellow below.

In addition, the stewardship team at Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw wanted some extra date fields for process tracking. These are highlighted in red.

new cedar7 workflow fields
New cedar7 workflow fields
Live-Link: connecting Projects tracking to GIS

Live-Link: connecting Projects tracking to GIS

In a novel example of having your herring roe and eating it too, the CedarBox Team is pleased to announce that DevelopmentApp Projects can now be “live-linked” to your desktop GIS.

What does this linking between my Cedar App and my desktop GIS mean?

Let’s say you are tracking 500 project applications, and that you have uploaded location files (Shapefile, KML, Geomark, draw-on-map) for all of these. Great! You can already do basic overlap analysis in Cedar. But, to make beautiful wall maps, or to do complex analysis, you need to work in your desktop-GIS world.

With our new Live-Link add-on, these locations are now available as a layer that you can explore in Quantum GIS (free & open source) or ESRI ArcGIS.

What does it look like?

The Live-Link layer looks like any other polygon/line/point layer in your QGIS project layer list. And it can be styled with labels and colours.

Live-Link between Development App and QGIS

Figure: (left) Cedar App showing example project footprints, and (right) Live-Link data in Quantum GIS (click for larger image)

What Development Project attributes come along with the Live-Link?

Currently, only these fields come across:

  • Title
  • FN-ID
  • Cedar URL

Email to tell us what more to add at team@geomemes.com.

How live is Live-Link?

The link is real-time. After adding a new project and location in the Cedar Development App, when you switch to your GIS and then zoom in or out or pan, the newly added Project will display.

Is the link two-way?

No, for now, we are only letting you edit Project locations in Cedar.

Is it secure?

Yes. The Live-Link is locked down to your office.

How do I get Live-Link?

Contact team@cedarbox.ca to book an upgrade.


9x Redundant = Highly Secure

9x Redundant = Highly Secure

I thought this photo was funny, and clearly someone else thinks redundancy is important!

We never want to see your business, cultural and natural resources data lost in fire, flood or theft. Redundancy is a term meaning duplication. If it is duplicated, it is safe and will always be available.

In our wise practices setup, we recommend a high level of redundancy.

Here’s a CedarBox redundancy example for files associated with each development application:

  1. On the Development email account email server
  2. In the Coordinator’s email client (Outlook or Thunderbird)
  3. Printed on paper and stored in folder/filing cabinet (labeled with FN-PROJECT-ID)
  4. In the per-Project dashboard tab: Files (e.g. in the CedarBox Development App)
    • Note1: data stored on CedarBox are stored on a two hard disk drive RAID 1 mirror
  5. On the in-community NAS
    • Note2: data stored on the NAS is stored on a two hard disk drive RAID 1 mirror
  6. (Optional) In an encrypted back-up file on CedarBox.ca (secure Canadian cloud storage)
    • Note3: data stored on the server is stored on a hard disk drive RAID mirror

That’s 9x redundancy for your important files!

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