Frank Warmerdam joins Google

World GIS Open Source

Frank Warmerdam joins Google From SlashGeo, Frank Warmerdam, the man behind GDAL has just announced that he is to join Google.

GDAL tools are used in just about every GIS software package. Frank hopes to continue his work with GDAL and the OSGeo community. Frank has achieved so much working on his own and made a huge contribution to the GI community. With the resources that Google has at its disposal, it will be interesting to see what Frank gets up to, I am sure we will be able to find out soon enough via his blog. Good luck,

Map Curators' Group Workshop 2011 - Registration open


Map Curators We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for the annual Workshop of the Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society.

This year’s topic is “How to do more with less: promoting and running a map collection in a time of austerity”

When: Wednesday and Thursday 7-8 September 2011
Where: Park Inn, York, England


The Booking Form can be found on the British Cartographic Society Website accessed through the link below.

Early bird booking closes 1 August 2011.

Open Source Junction 2: context-aware mobile technologies

OSS Watch in collaboration with 100% Open have put together Open Source Junction - an exciting series of events connecting industry and academic innovation in open source mobile technologies.

This two-day workshop will showcase a selection of successful context-aware mobile projects, and will provide delegates with key knowledge of open innovation and open development, which will help them build sustainable industry-academia partnerships in this field.

Benefits of attending:

* Become familiar with the main issues concerning open innovation in software
* Learn about open source business models, community building, IPR, processes and tools
* Find out about successful open source context-aware mobile projects
* Understand the benefits of joining an industry-academia open source mobile community
* Explore partnership opportunities with past and present OSJ attendees

Target audience:

* R&D managers, senior strategists, software developers in the mobile industry
* Principal Investigators, research staff, project managers in Higher Education and Research
* Funding bodies with an interest in context-aware mobile technologies

Java Web Developer - GeoPlace


Java Web Developer - GeoPlace GeoPlace are looking for a JAVA web developer. The candidate will join the Systems team and report to the Development Lead to deliver software in an agile environment.

A typical work day includes:

  • developing enhancements to existing Java based web-software with an emphasis on web map development using server-side Java components with a combination of OpenLayers and Ext-JS for the front-end
  • managed releases to the live site
  • estimating and reporting on progress of tasks

Suitable candidates will have a good combination of technical education and knowledge. The candidate will be expected to learn key tasks and new technologies. The candidate will be supported in career development and pursuit of technical qualifications.

We are looking for a candidate with strong business communication skills, a team-oriented approach and an interest in public sector geographic information.

Preference will be given to candidates who will initially focus on developing the testing framework and are enthusiastic about mapping. Front-end skills with CSS and Illustrator/Photoshop are desirable.

Who are GeoPlace ?
GeoPlace is the centre of excellence for spatial address and street information in Great Britain. GeoPlace is a Limited Liability Partnership jointly owned by the Local Government Group and Ordnance Survey. It brings together local government's address and streets gazetteers; the NLPG and the NSG, with all of Ordnance Survey's addressing products to create a 'national address gazetteer database' for Great Britain, providing one definitive source of accurate publicly-owned spatial address data.

GeoServer 2.1.1 Released

OGC Open Source Free GIS

GeoServer 2.1.1 Released Fresh from presenting at OSGIS 2011 in Nottingham, the GeoServer team have just announced the release of GeoServer 2.1.1.

While primarily a bug-fixing release, a number of enhancements have been made, including support for the upcoming PostGIS 2.0, the addition of a number of new WPS processes and the addition of the Teradata database extension to the release.

More details about the release can be found on the GeoServer website.

Second Scottish Linked Data Hackday


Second Scottish Linked Data Hackday After a very successful hackday in Glasgow in February, the consensus was that another HackDay could be useful. This event will take place in Edinburgh at the Inspace venue on Crichton Street.

The outline programme for the day is:

* 09.30 - 10.00 Arrive
* 10.00 - 10.45 Short presentations - what people plan to work on
* 10.45 - 11.00 Get organised for hacking
* 11.00 - 17.00 Hack session (with lunch provided)
* 17.00 - 18.00 Short presentations on what has been achieved
* 18.00 --> informal chat in nearby pub

From the event page:
"There is no specific theme to the day, but your hacking should of course involve Linked Data and we prefer doing something simple enough to have a concrete output on the day. It's fine to build on something you are already working on, but we're aiming for a hands-on session, not just chat.

If you are planning to come, please post something on our mailing list, to say what you are planning to work on, or to look for potential hackday collaborators or to ask any questions you have about the day."

When: 5th July 2011
Where: Inspace, Crichton Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9AB

Internship at Astun Technology


Internship at Astun Technology Astun Technology are looking for a recent graduate in GIS or possibly a GIS student looking for some experience through the summer. They would work on a specific project generally around testing of our iShareGIS product, which is built on the openlayers/mapserver/postgresql stack. There would be a lot of support from Astun staff here and the student should learn a lot! Hours are flexible (though minimum 3 days equivalent /week would be preferred).

This is not a paid role as such but we would consider funding the travel to the office from a local base (Surrey, UK). Contact details can be found on the Astun Website.

Tallest Mountain to the Deepest Ocean

Free Learning Resource Resources for Teachers

Tallest Mountain to the Deepest Ocean A great InfoGraphic from Our Amazing Planet showing a vertical slice from the edge of our atmosphere right down to the deepest ocean trench. Lots of interesting way points are marked and there are great little facts as well.

IJHG June 2011 edition available online

Subscription Free

IJHG June 2011 edition available online The following articles are now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics’ (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free and include articles submitted to the Journal from 25 May to 24 June 2011.


Diarrheal disease risk in rural Bangladesh decreases as tubewell density increases: a zero-inflated and geographically weighted analysis. Margaret Carrel, Veronica Escamilla, Jane Messina, Sophia Giebultowicz, Jennifer Winston, Mohammad Yunus, P. KIM Streatfield and Michael Emch.


Including the urban heat island in spatial heat health risk assessment strategies: a case study for Birmingham, UK . Charlie J. Tomlinson, Lee Chapman, John E. Thornes and Christopher J. Baker.

Mass casualty modelling: a spatial tool to support triage decision making. Ofer Amram, Nadine Schuurman and Syed M. Hameed.

An open source Web application for the surveillance and prevention of the impacts on public health of extreme meteorological events: the SUPREME system. Steve Toutant, Pierre Gosselin, Diane Belanger, Ray Bustinza and Sonia Rivest.


GI Engineer Post at EDINA

GIS Programming UK

GI Engineer Post at EDINA We seek a Geographic Information Engineer to support our online services delivering geographic information via the Internet. The work entails involvement in the data delivery and database aspects of our web-based services, providing operational cover and undertaking aspects of service development.

Ideally you will have a degree in geo-spatial science or related discipline and at least two years relevant work experience and/or a relevant post-graduate degree, expertise with a range of GIS applications, sound database skills, practical experience with a range of different geo-spatial data sets, cartographical skills and experience in configuring and maintaining Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant services for data and map delivery.

We will be looking for individuals who can demonstrate flexibility, initiative, the ability to deal with time pressures and who have good problem solving skills. The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.

This post is for a fixed-term of 18 months to cover maternity leave.

Salary: £29,975 - £35,788
Term: 18 months
Deadline: 5th July 2011

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