The Loose Goat:

Maps, Data and more

At The Loose Goat we offer customers a range of tailored GIS and mapping services. Foremost we provide training and consultancy services on Open-Source GIS software.

Tel: 0777 236 4721

Email: hello@loosegoat.com

What we offer?

We offer four key services, Training, Consultancy, Map production and Software as a Service. Find out more by clicking on the below links.

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Training

Learn to do more, for less.

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Consultancy

Sharing our knowledge and experiences with you.

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Map Productions

Hard copy or interactive, we've got your maps covered

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SaaS

Off-Site geo-solutions to empower you, your staff and customers

Who have we worked with?

Since we started the company in late 2017 we have been very fortunate to have been able to work with some amazing people and companies, and long may this last. These are just some of our customers...

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Why use us?

The Loose Goat is a friendly and approachable run business that has a wealth of knowledge in GIS. With a broad and indepth knowledge of QGIS, as well as a background in Open-Source technologies, cloud resources and applications. We believe that we can provide value for money to the public sector, SMEs, Charities and Local Interest groups. Our Director, Simon Miles has over 16 years experience of working with maps, data and more in the public sector.

While we are passionate and enthusiastic about our subject, industry and the increasingly wonderful world of cloud technologies, we want to offer something a little different; to break from the rest of the herd! Hence we are the loose goat. We might be small but we have a lot of ambition, we want to work with lots of companies big and small, with individuals and communities to make GIS and data more accessible, easier and affordable for everyone to use and consume.

What we use

We like Open-Source solutions and these are at the heart of how we deliver our GIS services but we aren't just about Open-Source. We use Cloud resources to deliver a range of solutions and services that complement the delivery of a GIS architecture. The paid-for solutions from ESRI, MapInfo, CadCorp or Oracle aren't strangers to us either.

  • QGIS
  • PostGIS
  • Leaflet js, Openlayers, Google Maps
  • Talend ETL
  • PHP, GDAL
  • Dropbox, Box

Training

If you have not already worked it out we like QGIS and it is the software of choice for all our GIS training. QGIS is powerful but small, is great for all levels of GIS needs and most of all it's a free and Open-Source GIS package. Its popularity around the globe is growing, especially in the public sectors of the UK.

There are three QGIS training options available, based on your needs.

  • On-site - Exercise lead learning for groups of between 3 to 10 people held at your offices.
  • Off-site - Exercise lead learning for groups of between 5 and 10 people held in Woking.
  • Focused - User lead training held at your offices.

Whatever option you choose, the training delivery is the same. It's a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) training course. We will provide you with data on a USB stick, course material and hopefully an enjoyable days learning.

We like practical sessions more than theory so we'll get stuck into QGIS really quickly. During the training we'll explore all of the core themes of QGIS, as well as briefly touch on the principles of GIS for those new to the subject. You'll use UK Open-Data sets in your QGIS project to learn how to create, edit and share data, and to also create great looking maps for publication.

Off-Site:

£250

per person, per day

  • Held in Woking, Surrey
  • Style: Exercise lead
  • Min. 5 - Max. 10 students
On-Site:

£180

per person, per day

  • Held at your office
  • Style: Exercise lead
  • Min. 3 - Max. 10 students
Focused

£250

per person, per day

  • Held at your office
  • Style: Client lead
  • Max. 2 students

Workshops

We are planning to start to hold a series of very exciting workshops with themes including Archaeology, Neighbourhood Plans, Ordnance Survey Data, Environmental data and more besides.

The first of these is Discover.

Consultancy

We provide a broad-brush of GI consultancy services, which we tailor and refine to our customers specific needs and requirements. This is because we know that not everyone wants the same things and not everyone is singing from the same song sheet.

  • QGIS implementation
  • Spatial Databases - PostGIS
  • Open-Source GIS strategies documentation
  • GIS architecture, Cloud Storage and SaaS
  • On the job QGIS training
  • Outsourcing

At The Loose Goat we want to build long lasting relationships with our customers by bringing them the support they want, when they need it. We think that you will be happy with the outcomes we deliver.

Map Production

We've got you covered when it comes to maps; Using QGIS and Inkscape for your hard copy maps or JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet JS or Google Maps for your interactive map. If you would like to see samples of the our hard copy maps, then please get in contact.

We now provide outsourcing services for Landscape Archiects that require Landscape Visual Assessments (LVA) or Landscape Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA). If you are interested then please get in contact.

Interactive map can either be hosted by us on loosegoat.com or on your website. Either way you will always be given a copy of your code, data and instructions on how it was all put together. If you are a QGIS user, then we can show you how you can create the data for your interactive map yourself. Don't forget to ask us about APIs, we've got a soft spot for Open-APIs that contain Geo-Content and getting them onto an interactive map

Geo Solutions

PostGIS is the perfect database partner to QGIS and indeed to almost all of the most well known desktop GIS applications available. We can help you get on the PostGIS journey from as little as £30 a month or £300 a year for a hosted PostGIS instance. We use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host Postgres/PostGIS, meaning that you'll have access to your data whenever and wherever you have internet access.

Storing your data with us gives you piece of mind, especially if you haven't got the resourses to create or maintain a new Postgres/PostGIS instance. If you are interested in learning more about this offering and the benefits that it could bring to you then please get in contact.

Our Team

We're a team of three people.

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Loose Goat

Morale officer

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Simon Miles

Director

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Software Engineer

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The Loose Goat Ltd

phone

0777 236 4721

email

hello@loosegoat.com

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Woking, Surrey

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