Plan Your Project

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1. Join the Alliance

Because we realize that many public garden organizations may feel isolated and uncertain about taking on a new, technically challenging project, joining the Alliance does not require registration or any fees. It is simply about staying connected with other public gardens, zoos or parks who use GIS, are considering its use or are in the midst of a project. To accomplish the task of staying connected, we’ve launched multiple social networking sites to share stories, ask questions, mentor others and build a body of shared knowledge. Of all our social networking sites, our LinkedIn group has become the most active and is a convenient place for staff working with GIS to exchange ideas and explore alternatives. Join the Alliance

2. Read the Guide to GIS

The Guide is designed to be a straightforward manual focused on both the technical and non-technical issues behind building a GIS for your public garden. Many small gardens and zoos have no staff with the technical expertise to launch a GIS project without assistance. Beginning at the very general level, the Guide provides staffing and training guidelines, advice on work flow, recommendations on how to find the right people to get the job done, as well as suggestions about recruiting and working with GIS professionals, community volunteers and student interns. Download the Guide to GIS

3. Make the Case

Deciding to begin a GIS project for your organization involves more than assembling the proper technology and staff. You may need to make the case for GIS to senior managers, board members and/or donors. In this section we provide those who may need it a starting point for "making your case" with an easy-to-understand brochure, whitepaper and presentation template. Brochure | Whitepaper | Presentation

4. Get Funding

Gathering the funding necessary to accomplish your GIS project can seem daunting, but it's not as overwhelming as one may think with the help of grants available from the following organizations. Esri | IMLS | National Geographic | Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust