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Postdoctoral Research Associate's post at the University of Liverpool


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Salary: £32,277 to £34,233 per annum

Location: University Campus, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning

Ref: R-589476/WWW

Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday, 29 October 2015, 17:00:00 GMT.

This exciting opportunity arises from a recent Leverhulme Trust award to support a project which explores lineages in maps of Britain from the eleventh to the seventeenth Centuries, with a focus on assessing how far manuscript and printed maps borrow from previous maps or provide evidence of cartographic innovation. The project will entail digitisation of historic maps of Britain and analysis of spatial distortions in the positioning of places – where maps have similar distortion patterns this may suggest a common source. While the project will seek to provide quantitative comparisons of the selected maps, we will also consider factors like modes of representation in terms of the symbols used as well as evidence of hierarchies of places. You should have a PhD in Historical Geography, Geographic Information Science, Cartographic History or the broader Social Sciences (with a quantitative focus) along with experience of manipulating large historic datasets. Knowledge of cartographic history research would also be desirable. The post is available until 30 September 2018.



  • Statistical/quantitative experience in the analysis of large datasets
  • Contribution to production of peer-reviewed publications
  • Relevant experience programming/statistical programming (e.g. R)
  • Experience manipulating historical digital datasets


  • Knowledge of cartographic history research

Education, Qualifications, Training

  • PhD in Historical Geography, Geographic Information Science, Cartographic History, Quantitative Social Science or other related discipline
  • A degree with a spatial data analysis component

Skills, General and Special Knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills

Personal Attributes and Circumstances

  • Ability to work well alone and within a team
  • Ability to work autonomously and to answer research questions

Please visit the website for more details, and to apply for the post.

Date October 19, 2015

GoGeo iOS app update

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GoGeo iOS app update

EDINA have released an updated version of the GoGeo mobile app for iOS devices. The latest version of the app includes general layout improvements and bug fixes to make the app more user friendly and reliable.  Additionally, the Discover Data search results page now displays the bounding box of the currently selected dataset.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Download: The latest version of the GoGeo Mobile App can be downloaded for free from the UK iTunes App Store.

Feedback: Please provide feedback to edina at ed.ac.uk with GoGeo App entered in the subject field of your email.

Date October 14, 2015

Online event: Glasgow: a Datascape of Scotland's Largest City


Online event: Glasgow: a Datascape of Scotland

Dates: 9 November 2015 to 31 December 2015
Times: 12:00 to 12:00

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art, will be presenting this online event. The Datascape features a selection of the 900+ urban data sets available through the UBDC to visualise important social facets of Glasgow, Scotland’s major urban centre.

The Datascape illustrates how complex ‘big data’ can be used to understand the urban environment through an engaging visual display of data. 

Everyone is encouraged to access this event, regardless of background, to view the informative and beautiful Datascape when it’s made available online from the 9 November via the UBDC website.

No registration required. They are looking into the possibility of having a launch event in addition to the online activity, but this is not yet confirmed.

Further information

Contact: Mrs Hana Ros
Email:hana.ros at glasgow.ac.uk
Telephone: 0141 330 3126
Organised by: Urban Big Data Centre
Venue: Online event

Date October 13, 2015

IJHG August-September 2015 edition available online

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IJHG August-September 2015 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 11 August to 8 October 2015.


Use of attribute association error probability estimates to evaluate quality of medical record geocodes. Klaus C, Carrasco L, Goldberg D, Henry K and Sherman R.

Diet-related chronic disease in the northeastern United States: a model-based clustering approach. Flynt A and Daepp M.


New indices for home nursing care resource disparities in rural and urban areas, based on geocoding and geographic distance barriers: a cross-sectional study. Lin SW, Yen CF, Chiu TY, Chi WC and Liou TH.

Do the classification of areas and distance matter to the assessment results of achieving the treatment targets among type 2 diabetes patients? Toivakka M, Laatikainen T, Kumpula T and Tykkyläinen M.

Geographic analysis of the variation in the incidence of ADHD in a country with free access to healthcare: a Danish cohort study. Madsen K, Ersbøll A, Olsen J, Parner E and Obel C.

Estimating Ixodes ricinus densities on the landscape scale. Boehnke D, Brugger K, Pfäffle M, Sebastian P, Norra S, Petney T, Oehme R, Littwin N, Lebl K, Raith J, Walter M, Gebhardt R and Rubel F.

Date October 13, 2015

Call for Nominations: GISc Masters Dissertation Prizes

Call for Nominations: GISc Masters Dissertation Prizes

The GIScience Research Group of the RGS-IBG is inviting submissions for two annual prizes for the two best Masters dissertation on any issue relating to GIS/Sc, spatial analysis, spatial modelling or geocomputation (UK entries only).

The prize for the best dissertation is £100 plus an annual RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellowship and the runner up will receive £50 plus an annual RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellowship. We are looking for a Masters level dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length, which covers significant research in one or more of these areas. Nominated dissertations should be of "Distinction" standard and be submitted by the student's institution (Director of Postgraduate Programme or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge. Please submit the work in electronic form, along with a copy of the dissertation regulations to Seraphim Alvanides, Northumbria University at Newcastle ( S.Alvanides at Northumbria.ac.uk )

Only one entry will be accepted per department of higher education institutions in the UK.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 25 November 2015.


Date October 13, 2015

Excellent 'Introduction to GIS using Open Source Software' manual

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Frank Donnelly, the Geospatial Data Librarian, at Baruch College (City University of New York) has produced an excellent guide titled Introduction to GIS using Open Source Software. The manual is used in the day-long workshop held at Baruch each semester, but anyone and everyone is welcome to use this tutorial for personal or classroom use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. However, you may not copy and re-host this material on another website.

The manual and data can be downloaded using the links below:

Note: The manual was written for QGIS version 2.8 (Wien). Because there are enough differences between versions you should download and install 2.8 if you are taking the workshop.

Date October 7, 2015

Consumer Data Research Centre package OS Open Map - Local at Local Authority Level

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Consumer Data Research Centre package OS Open Map - Local at Local Authority Level

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) have recently packaged Ordnance Survey Open Map - Local data at Local Authority level and made it available to download through their data portal.

The data is provided as Shapefiles for each Local Authority District in England and Wales.

  • The following copyright and attribution statement should be used to site the data:

    CDRC 2015 OS Geodata Pack by the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre; Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015

  • This work has been funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Further information on on OS Open Map - Local can be found on the Ordnance Survey Website.

Date October 7, 2015

Portable GIS v5.2

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Portable GIS version 5.2 has been released. This is a minor release with only a couple of minor changes from the previous version:

  • Update QGIS to the latest Long-Term Release version (2.8)
  • Update to Loader

For those who aren't familiar, Portable GIS is a great way to use a variety of Open Source GIS software without installing anything on your local machine as everything runs off a USB memory stick. The latest version is just over 700MB when downloaded and around 2.5GB when unzipped on to a USB memory stick.

Portable GIS has been tested but problems can be reported via the Portable GIS google group.

Date October 6, 2015

Roundup of Geospatial MOOCs available October 2015

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Roundup of Geospatial MOOCs available October 2015

Directions Magazine has a good roundup of geospatial MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available at the time of writing (October 2015).  Whilst there are less available than there were at the start of the year, there are still a good number of self-paced courses running that will provide valuable training the geospatial field. The list also includes courses that are scheduled for later in the academic year. The majority of corses are avaiable for free, but a few do charge.

Date October 6, 2015

GIS Day: 18 November 2015

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GIS Day: 18 November 2015

The ESRI organised GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The GIS Day website lists details of all events planned for the day around the globe, which are displayed on an interactive map, where interested users can find events to attend in their local area.

Of particular interest to geography students in the Ashcloud Apocalypse which runs from 6 to 20 November and aims to get your Geography students involved with a classroom based disaster risk mapping activity. Are you ready for the Ashcloud Apocalypse. Could you survive? Know your risks!


Date October 6, 2015
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