In late 2019, Gaia Resources were engaged by the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) to undertake a small QGIS plug-in development project. QGIS is a Free-and-Open-Source Geographic Information System software used by YMAC and many organisations as a core part of their business operations. It is used to analyse and model spatial information, and to create maps and data products that support decision making processes.
For YMAC the maps produced and analyses are used in native title and heritage protection projects, and leverage a range of corporate data layers sourced from government agencies and internal business units. YMAC have made the decision to move to the latest version of QGIS (LTR 3.4) which includes a significant set of functional improvements, and needed assistance to ensure that key time-saving tools and plug-ins from the older version would be available and functional following the transition.