Scottish Noise Mapping now available online


Scottish Noise Mapping now available online The Scottish Government has produced these noise maps in response to the European Parliament and Council Directive for Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise 2002/49/EC, more commonly referred to as the Environmental Noise Directive (END). This directive deals with noise from road, rail, and air traffic, and from industry. It focuses on the impact of such noise on individuals, complementing existing EU legislation, which sets standards for noise emissions from specific sources.

The three main objectives of the Directive are as follows.

* To determine the noise exposure of the population through noise mapping.
* To make information available on environmental noise to the public.
* To establish Action Plans based on the mapping results, to reduce levels where necessary, and to preserve environmental noise quality where it is good.

The interactive viewer contains maps that show calculated levels of road, rail, aircraft and industrial noise traffic noise across the Glasgow and Edinburgh agglomerations and the main transportation road and rail links. The area to be viewed can be chosen by Post Code.

The Guardian reports on progress to make all British government geospatial data it holds on the natural environment available

The Guardian (22 May 2008) has reported that efforts are underway to make all the geospatial data the government holds on the natural environment available for free inspection and re-use. This is being considered as Britain's contribution to a Europe-wide geospatial data infrastructure to be created by 2019 under the EU Inspire Directive.

Though geospatial data will be made available, it doesn't mean 'free' for the user.

The full details to this government announcement are available in The Guardian's online technology section at


This is part of the 'Free our Data' campaign.

Ordnance Survey’s Code-Point data underpinning the GPS service for Nokia Maps 2.0

Nokia Maps 2.0 service is taking its mapping and navigation experiences to the next level. The new service features improved optional car navigation, enhanced pedestrian navigation, added multimedia city guides, and now satellite images and a redesigned user interface, Ordnance Survey’s Code-Point data is underpinning the GPS service by providing the exact location for the 1.7 million postcodes in the UK. This allows users to get direction information that is both highly accurate and linked to an actual place "on the map".

Nokia Maps 2.0 update adds Walk, a pedestrian-focused navigation component, to the application while still offering an optional world-class car navigation system. The pedestrian navigation efficiently walks you from A to B with visual turn-by-turn guidance. Because Ordnance Survey’s Cope-Point data goes beyond a simple list of postcodes and provides each one with a specific location, users can be confident they are heading in the right direction.

Joint Health Event: NHS Digital Mapping Data agreement review

The AGI Health SIG, the NHS Information Centre for health and social care and Dotted Eyes are pleased to announce a joint event to be held on 20th May 2008 to provide information around the new NHS Digital Mapping Data agreement.

The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care recognises the importance of geography in helping to ensure that health and social care providers have the actionable information they require to improve accessibility to patient care, reduce health inequalities, improve patient choice and to lead their commissioning requirements ensuring resources are used as efficiently as possible.

Following the end of the Pilot agreement with Ordnance Survey, the NHS Information Centre has run an EU-wide competitive tendering process for a new NHS Digital Mapping Data framework agreement, which was won by Dotted Eyes, a well established digital mapping solution provider and licensed Ordnance Survey Premier Partner who has been awarded a four year contract starting from 30th April 2008.

To learn more about the benefits of this framework agreement and how your NHS organisation can utilise the new NHS Digital Mapping Data agreement, the AGI Health Special Interest Group are organising an event on the 20th May at Three Albion Place Ltd, 3 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL between 10am and 3.30pm.

The NHS Information Centre, Dotted Eyes and Ordnance Survey will be presenting information at this event to provide users with information on the following aspects of the new NHS Digital Mapping Data agreement.

· Background to the framework agreement
· Sign up process to the framework agreement
· Product awareness
· Licensing issues - new agreement
· Licensing issues - Pilot agreement
· Contractor license issues
· Agreement website
· Agreement Support Services
· User Group/Community
· Best Value summary

For more information, please visit the AGI event page at

INSPIRE seminar and metadata workshop presentations are now freely available to download

1Spatial recently offered the UK geospatial community an opportunity to gather and discuss a number of areas pertinent to Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs), notably with a European SDI perspective concerning INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe. This was offered through a seminar and metadata workshop, which were run from 29 to 1 May 2008.

The presentations include Steven Ramage's (member of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Action Working Group for INSPIRE) introduction to some of the key areas that are relevant across SDIs as a whole, such as certifying geospatial data as fit for purpose and finding methods to assess, measure and record geospatial data quality, for example through metadata.

Robin Waters' (Chair of the AGI Action Working Group for INSPIRE) presentation provides a comprehensive introduction to INSPIRE covering the potential business impact of the Directive on stakeholders. Robin managed an open debate from a number of audience members from organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Defra, the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the Open Geospatial Consortium and the European Environment Agency.

Rob Walker (Independent Consultant and 2008 Chair of AGI, who is also a Member of AGI Action Working Group for INSPIRE) presentation picks up on the data quality themes from the seminar and uses them to run an interactive workshop. Delegates were challenged to produce examples of clearly articulated metadata content statements relating to well-known industry datasets. The workshop also highlighted and explained the draft Implementing Rules for Metadata (which have since been approved by the INSPIRE Committee members) and how metadata issues can be addressed by organisations responsible for datasets affected by INSPIRE.

These presentations can be downloaded for viewing at


GeoEye announces launch date for next generation Earth Imaging Satellite


GeoEye announces launch date for next generation Earth Imaging Satellite GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, has announced a 22 August 2008 launch date for its next-generation, earth imaging satellite GeoEye-1.

GeoEye-1 will have the highest resolution of any commercial imaging system and be able to collect images with a ground resolution of 0.41-metres or 16 inches in the panchromatic or black and white mode. It will collect multi-spectral or color imagery at 1.65-metre resolution or about 64 inches, a factor of two better than existing commercial satellites with four-band multi-spectral imaging capabilities. While the satellite will be able to collect imagery at 0.41-metres, GeoEye's operating license from the U.S. Government requires re-sampling the imagery to 0.5-meter for all customers not explicitly granted a waiver by the U.S. Government.

GeoEye-1 is also designed to offer three-meter geo-locational accuracy, which means that customers can map natural and man-made features to within three metres (10 feet) of their actual location on the surface of the Earth without ground control points. This degree of inherent accuracy has never been achieved in any commercial imaging system and will remain unchallenged even when next generation commercial systems are launched in the coming years.

Deadline approaches for URISA student paper competition

Reminder: 9 June 2008 is the deadline for the second annual URISA Student Paper Competition.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is sponsoring its second annual student paper competition. The objective of the competition is to challenge undergraduate and postgraduate students to demonstrate development and effective use of information systems in both their field of study and the community. The competition is open to all eligible students but particularly those interested in careers using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning and/or community development.

URISA will award students cash prizes for best student authored papers. Winners will be recognized at the URISA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 7-10, 2008.

First Place
$500 cash. Free conference registration and recognition at the URISA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 7-10, 2008. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

Second Place
$300 cash. Free conference registration. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

Third Place
$150 cash. Free conference registration. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

The following types of papers are encouraged:
1. Comprehensive literature review on a spatial technology and its application.
2. Application of spatial statistics.
3. Application of an implemented spatial technology and its demonstrable impact on a public or private sector organization.
4. Treatment and development of spatial technologies and theory.

Application areas of particular interest to URISA members include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Remote sensing
- Economic development
- Safety or homeland security
- Environmental planning and resource management
- Geographic information systems
- Infrastructure management
- Urban land use planning and management

The URISA Student Paper Committee reviews all papers. Winners will be notified in August 2008. Winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at URISA 2008 in New Orleans, LA. Winners do not need to attend the Conference to win.

Only papers meeting the evaluation criteria will be considered. Further information regarding eligibility, submission criteria, prizes, and policies are available on the URISA website at


Census Research Associate position at Kingston University

Kingston University seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project that will deliver a ‘Web-based Spatio-temporal Interpolator for Census Area Statistics’ as a demonstrator system. The GIS-based system will enable registered users of existing and future census related data resources to perform an integrated set of spatial analytic procedures in order to generate consistent spatial units spanning recent British censuses based on Census Output Area geography and associated estimates of census counts. The project has been funded under the ESRC/JISC Census Development Programme. The researcher will be based in the Centre for Earth and Environmental Sciences Research, School of Earth Sciences and Geography and work with Nigel Walford, Professor of Applied GIS.

For further information, or to apply online, visit the Kingston University's website http://www.kingston.ac.uk/jobs or alternatively call the recruitment line on 020 8547 7153 quoting reference 08/160

Government Response to CLG Committee's report on Ordnance Survey published

The Communities and Local Government Committee has published (1 May 2008) its First Special Report: Ordnance Survey: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report.

Copies of the Report may be obtained, on publication, from the usual outlets, including The Parliamentary Bookshop and The Stationery Office (reference: First Special Report of the Committee, Session 2007-08, HC 516)

Electronic online versions of the report are available here.

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Two day workshop on geospatial web services registration is now activated


The Service-Oriented Software Research Network (SOSoRNET) and Centre for Geospatial Science, University of Nottingham would like to invite you to join us for a two day workshop on geospatial web services which will be held at the University of Nottingham on 16th &17th June 2008.

The key aims of this workshop are:
1. to hear presentations from leading academic and industry players on their research on geospatial web services technology
2. to network and develop ideas for future collaborative research in geospatial web services
3. to understand current developments in geospatial web services with focus on generalization and schematization research.

Organisations making presentations include CGS Nottingham, Ordnance Survey, ITC Netherlands, ESRI, University of Zurich, CASA UCL, CORILA Italy, e-Science Centre and the University of Cardiff.

Registration is now activated at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/geo[...]

Participation in the workshop is free but limited to 50 people on first come registration basis. In order to reserve your place, please register online.

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