With Valarm Tools, you can import any Valarm data into other external programs such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS, Definition 1, Definition 2) like Quantum GIS (QGIS, http://qgis.org) as shown in this article. Also see our other articles on Valarm data with ESRI ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, and Google Earth.
1. In order to do this, login to Valarm Tools and in Analytical Mapping select your device(s) and time range for the data you would like to export.
2. Click the Download Data button on the right side of the screen and save the incoming Valarm data .csv file to your desired location.
3. After you install and launch Quantum GIS (QGIS), go to Plugins –> Manage Plugins to enable importing delimited text layers such as .csv files.
4. Check that the “Add Delimited Text Layer” option is enabled.
5. Next click the blue “Add Text Delimited Layer” icon to get this dialog for creating a new GIS layer.
6. Browse to locate your Valarm data .csv file and give your new layer a name. Be sure to use comma as a delimiter and set your x and y fields to the longitude and latitude fields from the Valarm .csv file. Check that the sample text previous looks fine and click OK.
7. Under coordinate reference system select WGS 84 for our Valarm data that is in latitude/longitude format.
8. There it is! Your Valarm data is now a GIS layer.
9. In the attribute table are all of your data values for each Valarm point. Zoom and play around with your Valarm dataset to your heart’s content.
10. Bring in other GIS data such as vector shapefiles and raster digital elevation models (DEM). Below is an example with a DEM and other data from the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC).
11. Visualize and analyze your data as much as you desire. Create your own custom maps, save what you like and share! Below is a screenshot with dominant vegetation polygons. Also try using Valarm with ArcGIS Online and let us know how Valarm works for you!