First-Cut Approach to Synchronizing Field Notes with GPS Data

May 9, 2011
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After a week’s worth of work in the field, I typically have several pages of hand-written field notes that are associated with GPS waypoints– badly in need of some kind of transcription/organization. I have yet to find a simple approach for bringing together these non-spatial (field note transcriptions) and spatial (waypoints) data, linked only by a simple ID system. Also, I am somewhat limited by the software available on USDA computer systems. Here is a first-cut approach, implemented in R, that relies on CSV files. In a perfect world, I would implement something using python and PostGIS…

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