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Workshop: Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

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Workshop: Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

The Geographic Data Science Lab and the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) at the University of Liverpool are running this workshop.

Date and Time: Friday, 2 October 2015: 9:30am to 4pm

Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Liverpool.

Instructor: Dr Nick Bearman

This course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R. We will look at appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic spatial analysis. We will be using R Studio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

Experience of creating maps in ArcGIS, QGIS or similar is preferable, but not required. Experience of using R is not required. Please email Nick for more information. Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are not already familiar with the basic elements of GIS, you may wish to attend the course “Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data” instead where we build on basic GIS skills (more details).


£45: UK registered students
£80: 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


For more details and to book your place, please visit the website, or email Nick Bearman ( n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk ).

Other Locations:

This course is also running in London in December (detail to follow). Please email n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list to hear about future courses.


Information on getting to the University is available at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/maps/visiting/

A map of the campus is available at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/files/docs/maps/liverpool-university-campus-map.pdf

The Sydney Jones Library is building number 423 in grid F3 on the map.

Date July 30, 2015

Applications now being accepted for the fully funded Geovation Programme

Applications now being accepted for the fully funded Geovation Programme

The Geovation Programme is a start-up accelerator programme aimed at developers, innovators and entrepreneurs who want to create a product or business using geographic data. You could think of it as an ideas incubator for the future of spatial data and technology.

On the Programme you’ll get:

Ongoing financial support from day one.
To attend 1:1s, workshops, master classes and events.
Bespoke developer and business support.
Access to software, technology and geospatial data.
Expertise from industry leaders.
To be a Resident member of the Geovation Hub in London.

The Programme will take you through these four phases over the course of 12 months:

Phase 1 – Explore: Research your idea, opportunities and issues.
Phase 2 – Discover: Answer the who, why and what? about your idea.
Phase 3 – Create: Design, refine and build a prototype; bring your idea to life.
Phase 4 – Embark: Turn your prototype into a product, a commercial reality; and launch it.

The Programme is divided into two overarching parts: the first is made up of phases one to three over a period of six months, where you’ll get a total of £10,000 in funding. If you successfully deliver a prototype at the end of this, you could move on to phase four, which is a further six months on the Programme with an additional £10,000 in funding. You’ll receive funding during each of the phases to support your progress and help you take your idea to the next level.

When you join the Programme you’ll be expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week working on your project and attending core workshops at the Geovation Hub in London. Please take this into account when applying. It’s your chance to make the most of the Hub’s creative environment and have industry experts help nurture your idea.

You’ll have regular meetings to review how you’re getting on, and how you progress through each phase will depend on your delivery against agreed milestones. Your eligibility for phase four will be based on the commercial viability of your prototype and is at the discretion of the Geovation Programme team.

If you’re successful in getting to phase four, we’ll also help you seek extra funding so that you have more than one source of investment and you’re well on your way to launching your product and making it a commercial success.

Who should apply?

Developers, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Programme is particularly, though not exclusively, focused on those entering the spatial market-place for the first time.

Whether you have an idea you’d like to explore, code you want to develop, an opportunity you have discovered or, are essentially inspired by the world around you and technology’s place in it; the Geovation Programme opens up a wealth of new opportunities. Find out how you can apply for the Programme.

If you feel that you’re more of a social innovator looking to tackle social or economic problems through the use of spatial data or technology, our latest Challenge based on the theme of water, could be for you.

Key dates

Applications open: 3 July
Application deadline closes: 9am, Monday, 10 August 2015
Selected applicants are invited to interview: August

If you have a place, you will be notified in early September.

The Programme starts in early October 2015.

Date July 29, 2015

MapServer 7.0 released

MapServer 7.0 released

The MapServer Team has announced the release of MapServer 7.0.

This 7.0 release brings a number of major new features that are summarised on their website.

MapServer is an Open Source geographic data rendering engine written in C. Beyond browsing GIS data, MapServer allows users to create “geographic image maps”, that is, maps that can direct users to content.

MapServer was originally developed by the University of Minnesota (UMN) ForNet project in cooperation with NASA, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). Later it was hosted by the TerraSIP project, a NASA sponsored project between the UMN and a consortium of land management interests.

MapServer is now a project of OSGeo, and is maintained by a growing number of developers (nearing 20) from around the world. It is supported by a diverse group of organizations that fund enhancements and maintenance, and administered within OSGeo by the MapServer Project Steering Committee made up of developers and other contributors.

Date July 29, 2015

Specialist Instructional Officer GIS for the Ministry of Defence (MoD)


Specialist Instructional Officer GIS for the Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Location: Thatcham, Denison Barracks, Hermitage
Salary: minimum £24,028 per annum

The purpose of the job is to deliver and manage subject matter expertise in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography, with a particular emphasis on the representation and communication of geospatial information.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Delivering instruction on MSc, FDSc and Defence courses.
  • Ensuring the provision of GIS and related technical and educational material for student learning.
  • Maintaining technical proficiency and currency through familiarity with commercial developments and emerging operational requirements.
  • The development and issue of appropriate assessment tasks for geographic representation and communication related topics.
  • Maintaining professional links with appropriate institutions, academic and/or military organisations and industry.

Applicants should hold L5 HND/HNC or equivalent in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or a related subject. Teaching experience is desirable but not essential. The successful applicant should be prepared to undertake further training in teaching, learning and assessment skills.

Please visit the Civil Service jobs website and enter the following vacancy reference number to find the post for more information and to apply: 1444869

Closing date: Monday, 24 August 2015

Date July 29, 2015

2015 Student Bursary available for BCS-SoC Conference

2015 Student Bursary available for BCS-SoC Conference

Students are also welcome to the joint British Cartographic Society-Society of Cartographers Conference in York, 8 to 10 September 2015. See http://www.cartography.org.uk/mappingtogether for more details.

A student bursary is available from the British Cartographic Society covering delegate fees and full-board accommodation for two nights. Applicants must be engaged in full-time study, either in the UK or overseas, and will need to provide proof of status. Entries will be judged by the Education Committee.

Please send an email to Dr Alex Kent ( alexander.kent at canterbury.ac.uk ) with a Covering Letter in PDF format explaining your reasons for wanting to attend the Conference and include proof of status (e.g. scanned image of student ID card).

Deadline: Friday, 31 July 2015

Date July 29, 2015

Maps and Mapping one day course at Oxford University

UK Cost Mapping Services

Maps and Mapping one day course at Oxford University


A day devoted to the art and science of maps and mapping. Topics covered will include: an introduction to map projections and their use in mapping the Earth and heavens, the history of maps and mapping, the development of geographical information systems and the impact of the internet.


Rewley House
1 Wellington Square


Saturday, 26 September 2015


From £65.00

Contact Details

If you have any questions about this course, please email ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 270368.

Date July 29, 2015

ESRI UK hiring GIS Consultants

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ESRI UK hiring GIS Consultants

Location: Based Aylesbury, Cambridge or Edinburgh

Overview: Esri are looking to strengthen their Professional Services (PS) team by appointing additional GIS Consultants. The role of the consultants is to provide expertise, advice, guidance, and assistance to our customers in the implementation, deployment, and use of Esri GIS based projects/solutions. 

Skills: Applicants must have experience of working with customers to provide GIS advice and carry out installation, configuration, and deployment of Esri ArcGIS based solutions and, supporting technology such as databases and webservers. 

For some of the roles it is desirable that consultants have knowledge of a scripting language such as Python and some experience of web application development using JavaScript and HTML.

Applicants must be excellent communicators, possess excellent customer-facing and interpersonal skills, have a logical approach to problem-solving and be able to work independently. A minimum of two years’ relevant experience together with a good understanding of Esri core products are pre-requisites for this role. The role will require travel, and working at customer locations and may take the job holder away from home at times. We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging, intellectually stimulating and friendly environment. We actively encourage innovation, and development of your skills, and we have a strong commitment to quality. In return we offer competitive salaries, together with a generous benefits package. 

Applying: If you are interested in exploring the above opportunity in more depth, please email your letter of application and CV to hrteam at esriuk.com. Please include details of your current and expected salary package and give details of your availability both for interview and for employment if your application is successful. 

No Agencies please.

Date July 29, 2015

OldMapsOnline.org updated

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OldMapsOnline.org updated

The new version of OldMapsOnline.org was launched on the 21st July 2015. The latest version of the website has a new interface, new partners, a new mobile application, and new search-engine optimisation.

Main new features:

  • OldMapsOnline now provides access to over 400,000 high-resolution images of maps – four times the number it had when launched in 2012.
  • OldMapsOnline now has a new mobile application (http://www.oldmapsonline.org/mobile/), making it possible to view on mobile devices with geolocation.
  • The new interface allows better Google search engine retrieval, with a hierarchy of place names using Schema.org microdata and geographical landing pages.
  • There are new partners, including the United States Geological Survey and their historical topo quads for the United States.

There is further information in the press release at: http://www.oldmapsonline.org/press/

About OldMapsOnline.org

OldMapsOnline.org is the world's largest portal for freely available, high-resolution images of historic maps, bringing together many of the world's largest online historic map collections in a single search interface. It was originally launched in 2012, with funding from JISC through the Great Britain Historical GIS Team at the University of Portsmouth, but it has steadily grown in size and functionality since then.

OldMapsOnline.org indexes over 400.000 maps. This is only thanks to the archives and libraries that were open to the idea and provided their online content. All new participants are warmly welcomed.

Date July 28, 2015

Society for Location Analysis (SLA) Undergraduate Awards 2015 - enter by Fri 31st July!

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Society for Location Analysis (SLA) Undergraduate Awards 2015 - enter by Fri 31st July!

The Society for Location Analysis (SLA) is delighted to announce its inaugural Undergraduate Awards competition for 2015. These awards are designed to reward final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to final year students registered at UK Universities in the 2014/15 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis. The society will award three levels of prize: Gold, Silver and Bronze to the top three entries as judged by an expert panel. These should make both academic and practical contributions to the field. The three winners will also be invited to attend an upcoming SLA event to meet members, network and deliver a short (informal) presentation of the winning research.

Students in any subject area are invited to apply providing that they meet the above criteria. Example subjects may include (but are not exclusive to) geography, demographics, GIS, business and management.

Completed applications forms, availbale from the link below, should be sent to Ruth Holroyd, SLA Secretary, at Info@thesla.org by no later than the closing date of Friday 31st July 2015, 5pm. Informal enquiries/questions can be directed to Dr. Luke Burns at L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk.

Date July 28, 2015

Marine Ecological Researcher/Project Officer at SAMS


Marine Ecological Researcher/Project Officer at SAMS

As part of the UK-wide Heritage-Lottery-funded ‘Capturing our Coast’ (CoCoast) project, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher / project officer to contribute to a national programme that uniquely aims to engage the public in marine ecological research in the rocky intertidal. The project will focus on understanding impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic threats to intertidal community structure and biodiversity, by establishing and engaging a network of citizen scientists in the collection of data to support this aim. A major part of the role will be therefore to oversee the recruitment and support of the volunteers in Scotland.  There will be strong integration with the other Project Officers at the different partner hubs, including joint development of methods for consistent recording and implementation of field protocols and materials for volunteer training and support.

The job requires a doctoral qualification in marine ecology, but also a willingness to engage with large numbers of people from varied backgrounds and different ages, to inspire enthusiasm in potential volunteers, and to take groups of novice field workers into sometimes challenging environments. 

For information on the project please see:



Working with partner investigators to deliver a UK co-ordinated programme of intertidal ecological research using pre-agreed protocols, and to further develop survey and experimental protocols as needed.

Working with partner investigators and the UK-wide project team, to ensure integration across the project as a whole, liaising with the Project Officers and PIs in six other partner institutions, mainly through the Project Co-coordinator.

Liaising with conservation managers and relevant professionals across Scotland to determine site-specific or species-specific issues for the project to address to support marine biodiversity conservation objectives.

Working with the SAMS institute PI and Field Assistant to ensure the region’s volunteers are appropriately trained and supported, that the Scotland hub regional data is entered to the project databases in a timely fashion.

Assisting in data collation, critical analysis and interpretation cross the project.

Presenting data at local, national and international meetings.

Developing appropriate study reports, including manuscript preparation for publication, and timely reports to the funder.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The job requires a doctoral qualification in an appropriate academic subject, most likely in marine ecology. An essential attribute will be the ability to speak with clarity and confidence to large numbers of people in public gatherings, and inspire enthusiasm in potential volunteers. Groups of novice field workers will need to be led in sometimes challenging environments, such as over slippery rocks, and will need firm guidance in how to operate safely while getting the best science done.

Beyond the usual challenges of scientific research, the job will involve meeting with people from varied backgrounds and different ages to communicate the science to the widest range of the public. Much of the project will be built around direct public engagement and the job will involve the planning of events, including presentations to small and large groups of people and leading parties of citizen scientists around field sites. Data collected during these events and submitted remotely by email or web portals will also need to be collated into formal databases with appropriate metadata.

The job-holder will need to ensure that outdoor events are organised with due regard to potential risks to those involved and that appropriate permissions are sought and obtained for any field work, including, for example, access to sites or specimen collection where necessary.

Scope of role

The job will involve preparing and delivering a programme of public engagement events at SAMS and other venues around Scotland that aim to engage with potential citizen scientists, with the ultimate goal of signing up at least 450 recruits. New and existing training materials will have to be created and adapted to allow citizens to learn specific sets of skills, including survey methods and the identification of key species. Training in the use of data collection and storage systems suitable for remote uploading of biodiversity data, including digital images and species records, will be given, if those skills are not already held.

There will be an expectation of positive engagement with the press and media to promote the project. Specific elements of COCOAST research and training across the whole UK partnership may be led by the SAMS project officer.

If you have any queries in relation to the post, please contact Professor Mike Burrows by email on mtb at sams.ac.uk.

Closing date for Applications: Saturday, 8 August 2015.

Please note, referees will be contacted prior to interview.

Date July 27, 2015
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