CPP-03. Removing Barriers in Greenland-focused research and exploration via QGreenland

Exploring connections across diverse geospatial data requires substantial effort to identify, understand, transform, and ultimately bring together data of interest. QGreenland, an NSF EarthCube funded geospatial tool, works to remove these barriers from the geospatial data exploration process by providing a fully integrated and user-friendly viewing and mapping environment for Greenland. QGreenland runs on the free and open-source QGIS platform and works offline, making it an accessible tool for use in the field or other places with limited internet connection. The QGreenland project is a multifaceted effort and supports research planning, curriculum development, cross-disciplinary data discovery, and more. The QGreenland team is actively expanding the QGreenland user base via workshops and tutorials, developing curriculum for educational use, and completing user research and analyzing results to inform future development. The most recent version of QGreenland is v2.0, now called QGreenland Core, and the team recently completed development for and released v1.0 of a custom QGIS plugin called QGreenland Custom. QGreenland Custom extends the flexibility and reach of the QGreenland project by providing additional datasets in various topics that are not part of the Core package (e.g., due to filesize restraints). Our team expects this new piece of the QGreenland project to grow our user base and expand our dataset capabilities. The QGreenland team is continuing to make QGreenland an easy-to-use tool while completing development to make data layer contributions easier in hopes of giving the user community opportunities to improve QGreenland and even leverage the code to build custom geospatial environments. With these development efforts, we look forward to supporting the research, education, and GIS communities now and into the future of QGreenland. To learn more and begin to use QGreenland in your research and teaching, visit us at www.QGreenland.org.