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Course: Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis

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Course: Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis

Date and Times: Friday, 4 March 2016, 9:30am to 4pm.

Sydney Jones Library,
University of Liverpool,
Training Room 1


In this, course you will learn how to prepare and analyse spatial data in RStudio and GeoDa.

You use RStudio to perform spatial overlay techniques (such as union, intersection and buffers) to combine different spatial data layers to support a spatial analysis decision. You will also use RStudio and GeoDa to explore a range of different spatial analyses including regression, Moran’s I and clustering. By the end of the course you will understand how RStudio manages spatial data and be able to use RStudio for a range of spatial analysis.

Experience of using R and working with spatial data is highly recommended. If you are not already familiar with the basic elements of GIS or R, you may wish to attend the course “Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis” prior to this course where provide these skills.

Who teaches the course?

Dr Nick Bearman
Research Associate & University Teacher Geography and Planning

£60: UK registered students
£130: staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government
£200: all other participants including staff from commercial organisations

Reduced prices are available for University of Liverpool affiliated students and staff cost negotiable for those less able to pay; please contact Nick Bearman for details.

Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you need any more information, please email Nick Bearman at n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk or soesms at liverpool.ac.uk.

Only two places remaining for this course.

Date February 10, 2016

Course: Introduction to QGIS 2016

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Course: Introduction to QGIS 2016

Thursday, 17 to Friday, 18 March 2016.

Leeds Institute for Data Analytics,
Worsley building, Level 11,
University of Leeds,


This 1.5 day course provides an introduction to QGIS, an open source Geographic Information System software package. You will be introduced to the various components of the software and learn how to work with both vector and raster data layers. You will learn how to run simple geospatial analyses, how to edit existing maps and how to create maps using your own data, which you are encouraged to bring to the course.

Who teaches the programme?

Rachel Oldroyd is a quantitative geographer based in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds. She teaches GIS at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level within the School of Geography and has over 8 years’ experience working with GIS. Rachel has a background in Computer Science and Geomatics and her research interests include, spatial data analytics for food safety, applied GIS and web-based mapping.

Event Package

All other postgrads throughout UK, Postdoc researchers, public and charitable sector staff
Cost: £150.00

All others
Cost: £450.00

Leeds postgrads and DTC students
Cost: £90.00

Please visit the website for more information, or to book a place for this course. In total, there are 45 places available for this course.

Please contact Eleri Pound ( e.a.pound at leeds.ac.uk ) with any queries.

Date February 10, 2016

National Library of Australia announce free download of high resolution mapping

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National Library of Australia announce free download of high resolution mapping

The National Library of Australia has announced the release of nearly 40,000 maps in downloadable high-resolution files. Most items have already been visible on the library’s catalogue, and on Trove already. Now all digitised maps are available for free and immediate download in both the highest resolution and compressed formats. This represents about 5% of the Library’s total maps collection, from the earliest mapping by European cartographers, the early explorers and maritime charts, colonial settlement and pastoral mapping, land administration, town planning, Australia’s early topographic series, commercial, pictorial, wartime etc.

The Library has been scanning its maps since 2002, and over that time users have consistently voted for change, especially where out of copyright materials is concerned. As the project developed, the Maps team has focussed effort on how to get maps out to people as easily as possible, and how get more people to use the Library’s maps. Late in 2015 the new functionality passed the test, and last month the library released the entire collection of digitised maps. Once out of copyright material is scanned, free download saves time and effort on both sides.

The rest of the Library’s Maps Collection of over 800,000 maps, globes, atlases and other cartographic materials await. Maps not yet scanned may be ordered through thier Copies Direct service.

The Library has also added other functionality to maps online, better panning and zooming, rotation of images, and easy to use series indexes for over 1500 Australian and international series, to help identify the Library’s holdings.

Date February 10, 2016

IJHG February 2016 edition is available online

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IJHG February 2016 edition is available online

The following article is 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 9 January to 8 February 2016.


On the road to personalised and precision geomedicine: medical geology and a renewed call for interdisciplinarity. Kamel Boulos M and Le Blond J.


Performance analysis of multiple Indoor Positioning Systems in a healthcare environment. Van Haute T, De Poorter E, Crombez P, Lemic F, Handziski V, Wirström N, Wolisz A, Voigt T and Moerman I.

A Bayesian Belief Network for Murray Valley encephalitis virus risk assessment in Western Australia. Ho S, Speldewinde P and Cook A.

The effect of concentrating obstetrics services in fewer hospitals on patient access: a simulation. Koike S, Matsumoto M, Ide H, Kashima S, Atarashi H and Yasunaga H.

The use of national administrative data to describe the spatial distribution of in-hospital mortality following stroke in France, 2008–2011. Roussot A, Cottenet J, Gadreau M, Giroud M, Béjot Y and Quantin C.


Evolution of research in health geographics through the International Journal of Health Geographics (2002–2015). Pérez S, Laperrière V, Borderon M, Padilla C, Maignant G and  Oliveau S.

Date February 9, 2016

1Spatial Webinar FME 2016: five hot features you might have missed


1Spatial Webinar FME 2016: five hot features you might have missed

FME 2016 has landed and there’s a lot to take in, so much so, that what might seem like an insignificant new feature at first can have some serious benefits to your ETL (extract, transform, load) routines. This session will highlight some of the new features and why you might want to take a closer look.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2016

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm GMT

Date February 9, 2016

J B Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography announced

J B Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography announced

The Trustees of the J B Harley Research Fellowships Trust Fund are pleased to announce the twenty-third series of awards, offering support to assist research in the map collections of the United Kingdom.  

Awards have been made to:

Anna Feintuck (University of Edinburgh) The production and use of cartographic knowledge: a case study of Charles E Goad's fire insurance plans of Edinburgh and Leith, 1891-1906 (2 weeks)

John Moore (Collections Manager, University of Glasgow Library) British Directory Maps: an analysis of the maps accompanying the local directories of Scotland and Wales (2 weeks)

Dr Lisa Poggiali (University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism) Digital Democracy and Analogue Autocracy?: The History of Mapping in Kenya (2 weeks)

For the period 2014-2017, in addition to the normal J B Harley Fellowships there are also Harley-Delmas Fellowships funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, for research on the history of cartography during the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment c.1400-c.1800. Awards have been made to:

Florin-Stefan Morar (Harvard University) The Maps of Myriad Kingdoms: Translation and the Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge between East Asia and Early Modern Europe (2 weeks)

Dr Susan Schulten  (Professor of History and Department Chair, University of Denver) A History of North America in 100 Maps (2 weeks)

For details of past awards, numbers of applicants, and extracts from previous Fellows’ reports, please visit their website. This also contains information about applying for a Fellowship (closing date 1st November each year).

Ms Rose Mitchell, Hon. Sec., Harley Fellowships
February 2015

Date February 9, 2016

1832 Cholera Map for Leeds

1832 Cholera Map for Leeds

Twenty Years before John Snow mapped the locations of cholera victims in Broad Street, London, Robert Baker plotted the deaths of 703 cholera victims in Leeds.

The Sanitary Map of the Town of Leeds was created by Robert Baker following the 1832 outbreak of cholera in the Yorkshire town. Baker was a District Surgeon to the Leeds Board of Health. The Sanitary Map formed part of Baker's 1833 report to the Board of Health on the cholera outbreak in the town.

Date February 9, 2016

Planning and Environment Officer's post at the Royal Yachting Association


Planning and Environment Officer

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is seeking to appoint a Planning and Environment Officer to support the RYA's work in monitoring and responding to developments in the marine environment that could affect recreational boating facilities or activities.

The post holder will be required to maintain and develop the RYA GIS dataset and to give planning and environmental advice to RYA members, clubs and training centres on issues relating to the environmental management of marine and inland waters.

Key responsibilities will also include representing the interests of RYA affiliated organisations in responding to marine licence and other consent applications in order to influence development where it may impact on recreational boating facilities or activities.

The post holder will promote good practice guidance on environmental management and marine and freshwater nature conservation within the boating sector, including management of invasive non-native species and control of nuisance algae and aquatic weed growth.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant academic or professional qualification as well as having demonstrable experience of working in a relevant field.  They will be able to digitise and manipulate GIS infrastructure and activity datasets, including production and presentation of GIS products for publication.  They will be able to demonstrate knowledge of environmental issues affecting coastal and inland boating, including the legislative framework and government policy.  Practical sailing and/or motorboating experience is desirable.

Location: Hamble, Hampshire
Salary £28,000 - £30,000 per annum (35 hours per week)
Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

To apply, please read the job description found on the RYA's website, then complete an equal opportunities monitoring form and application form and return to jobs at rya.org.uk by

Deadline: 5pm on Monday, 29 February 2016.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 17 March 2016.

Date February 8, 2016

Fully-funded PhD scholarship is available (Newcastle University)

Fully-funded PhD scholarship is available (Newcastle University)

Specialty crops research initiative project: Development of web-based tools to deliver crop-load information to assist with precision viticulture in the US viticulture industry.

A fully-funded PhD scholarship is available to work on a US Department of Agriculture funded Specialty Crops Research Initiative project. The overall project will develop new sensors for crop load estimation, develop new tools for data dissemination and decision support and new protocols for differential management in North American vineyards. The project is a multi-actor program lead by Cornell University with collaborations with Carnegie Mellon University, UC Davis and Fresno State University as well as multiple industry and commercial organisations based in the US.  

The successful candidate will work on spatial decision support structures based around the development of new sensors at Carnegie Mellon and existing off-the-shelf precision viticulture sensors. The PhD outputs will link directly into variable-rate field trials and protocol validation in vineyards in California (Fresno State Uni) and New York State (Cornell). The candidate will be based at Newcastle University (UK) but will spend 4 to 6 weeks per year in the US with project partners.

For more information about this PhD opportunity, please contact Dr James Taylor ( james.taylor6 at newcastle.ac.uk ). The project will suit a GIS programmer with an interest in viticulture systems or a viticulturist with an interest in GIS development and precision viticulture.

Deadline: Sunday, 14 February 2016.

Date February 8, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Networked city, the multiplicity of urban links and nodes

Call for Abstracts: Networked city, the multiplicity of urban links and nodes

This session will be held at the Networks in the Global World 2016 Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, which runs from 1 to 3 July 2016.

Deadline: Tuesday, 1 March 2016.

Chair: Professor Michael Batty, University College London
Coordinator: Professor Aleksandra Nenko,  ITMO National Research University in Saint-Petersburg

Since Lefebvre 2003 [1970] announced ‘planetary’ urbanization, researchers have been calling for new paradigms in theory and methodology to grasp  the city's complexity. However, the apt remark by Soja (2000: xii) remains true ‘it may indeed be both the best of times and the worst of times to be studying cities’ because of the ‘restless periodicity and extraordinary slipperiness of the urban phenomenon  itself’ (Brenner et al. 2011: 226).

The concept of ‘networks’ has become a new metaphor to thinking the city complexity, and is elaborated in the framework of two influential conglomerates  of research. First is represented by works of M. Batty (2005; 2013) who considers urban dynamics in the context of complexity theory and models myriads of processes and elements that combine into organic wholes. Elaborating urban morphology and patternology, Batty shows different kinds of networks as structural under-layers of multiscale urban dynamics.

Second is assemblage theory and actor-network theory which incline thorough investigation of socio-material configurations and non-human agencies  in cities. Applications of this approach in urban research were presented by Farías and Bender’s volume (2010). Following this strand of thinking McFarlane (2011) describes the city through ‘grammars of gathering, networking and composition’ of different agents (p. 207). The assemblage approach to cities is criticized for lack of analytical and critical power by Brenner et al. (2011) however is advocated further by Farias (2011).

Parallel and in connection to these two meta-narratives, there are multiple applications and achievements of network analysis in considerations of the city, summed up, for example, by Neal (2013) who defines three levels of network phenomena: networks of urban communities, the city as network and networks of cities.

Network analysis allows researchers to explain the relations between diverse networks in the urban environment - from interpersonal to technical  ones - influencing each other. There are numerous examples of such relations and influences between urban networks. To name a few, those are segregation and cohesion in urban communities as a consequence of spatial structure of the city streets and meeting  spots, alternative centers of urban life based on clustering of urban practices represented in social media, e-neighborhoods and virtual spatial communities formed via Internet, paths and landmarks determining perception of city environment with its flows and the dynamics of  city life.

Papers are invited that present comprehensive elaboration of theoretical assumptions and pick up networks as ontologies and those using network  analysis methodologies to address the complexity of urban phenomena in European urban landscapes and beyond.

Please submit your abstract here. Your abstract is not to exceed 200 words. When submitting, don’t forget to select the session title “Networked city: The multiplicity of urban links and nodes" from the list.

Free accommodation will be provided to MA and PhD students who submit the best abstracts.

Date February 5, 2016
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