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GiGL’s Spaces to Visit dataset

… as part of GiGL’s commitment to provide a benefit to our community we created the Spaces to Visit dataset in April 2020. This is a subset of GiGL’s Open Space dataset that provides a source of information on the locations of open spaces in Greater London that are available to the public as destinations for leisure, activities and community engagement. It also includes green corridors that provide opportunities for walking and cycling …

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Knowles Knows: Demystifying the Data Exchange

Part of the service that we provide specifically to our Service Level Agreement (SLA) partners is to ensure that they can access GiGL data on their own systems. Every quarter we send copies of the data that represent snapshots of the database at those times. This “data exchange” is usually during the last week of April, July, October and January…

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Show & Tell: The new GiGL habitat database

This summer has been an exciting time for GiGL as we have been working on a brand new habitat database. Our legacy habitat datasets (we’ve never had a habitat database) have served us, our partners and our stakeholders incredibly well but the diversity and coverage of having this new database will provide greater opportunities to better monitor, understand and improve the habitat landscape. It has the potential to revolutionise the ways in which we can study the natural environment in London and we are confident this database will better support both The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy and the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain. Brace yourselves – here’s everything you need to know about this exciting new project.

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Show & Tell: Tailored Geology Maps

“Environmental data” is a catchall phrase that encompasses a huge range of possibilities. While GiGL’s best-known datasets are our partnership’s biodiversity and open spaces data, we also have access to a range of additional environmental …

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Masses of moths

GiGL currently holds nearly 2.8 million species records. Whilst I can’t claim to have input all of those records myself, I can lay claim to just over 1.5 million.

In recent years, the greatest number of records has come to GiGL as large datasets from established recording schemes such as the London Natural History Society.

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Re-introducing GiGL’s Datasets

GiGL’s datasets have changed a lot over the last few years. We are providing more types of data and more data products than ever before. Even our standard GiGL datasets have had an overhaul. After all these changes, our data guide has been treated to a face lift too [link to new data guide]. Here’s a quick summary of some of the main changes to our datasets.

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Tighten our Green Belts

Since the 1950s, London’s green belt and metropolitan open land designations have been instrumental in protecting open space across the capital. However, London-wide datasets for these two designations are not currently widely accessible and those that exist do not accurately reflect the current site boundaries as designated by London boroughs.

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Park it

The Royal Parks cover approximately 5,000 acres, making an enormously important contribution to open space and wildlife habitats in the capital.

Such a wide area means that there is a lot of wildlife to be recorded. The Royal Parks’ data currently account for nearly 10% of …

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The GIGL press gang

Credit where credit’s due. A great deal of work lies behind the snappy press and publicity stats GiGL provides.

GiGL’s partners are making ever-more use of our growing data holdings to create snappy, media-friendly statistics in support of their biodiversity work – in press releases, publications and presentations. While we are delighted …

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The only way is up

Matt Davies, GiGL Data Manager, on the benefits of our latest software upgrade. After considerable effort to install, accurately migrate data and develop the custom reporting we need for our day-to-day work, our Recorder 6 database is now up and running. Having reached the one million record milestone, the limit for the old Access-based system,…

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