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Responses sought for the giCASES survey on collaboration in GIS and Technology education

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Responses sought for the giCASES survey on collaboration in GIS and Technology education

The European giCASES project is investigating how higher education institutions are working together with private companies and public administrations in the design and delivery of GIS and Technology (GIS&T) education in Europe. Therefore, giCASES would like to invite individuals and organizations from the higher education sector but also from the public and private sector to participate in a survey on collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education.

This short survey is a unique opportunity for teachers, program coordinators but also GI professionals in the private or public sector to share their experiences with and views on collaboration in GIS&T education. In addition, the survey also aims to collect good practices in collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education.

giCASES is a Knowledge Alliance project under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. The project aims to enable and strengthen innovation in GIS&T education and practice, and facilitate the collaborative creation, management and sharing of knowledge between different stakeholders. The giCASES project will develop and test new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge management in the area of GIS&T.

The survey is the first step in the project, and will help the project partners to better understand current ways of collaboration in GIS&T education and the needs and expectations of different stakeholders regarding this collaboration. Should you have any comments or questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact glenn.vancauwenberghe at kuleuven.be.

Date March 22, 2016

FOSS4G UK 2016: Call for Proposals

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FOSS4G UK 2016: Call for Proposals

FOSS4G UK is to be held 14-16 June at Ordnance Survey offices in Southampton. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for presentations (30 mins), workshops (2 hrs to 1 day), discussions or any other activity for FOSS4G UK. Proposals must be submitted by 30th April using this form.

FOSS4G UK will bring together open source GIS users (current and potential), developers, and supporters from the UK and beyond for two days of conferencing and a day's hackathon. There will be presentations, workshops, un-conference sessions, code sprints and plenty of socialising too. You'll find all the current details at http://uk.osgeo.org/foss4guk2016/.

Please note: registration for the conference will be open soon.

Date March 22, 2016

QGIS North England Users Group Inaugural Meeting

QGIS North England Users Group Inaugural Meeting

Location: Northumbria University
Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

Potential speakers are invited to contact Dr Seraphim Alvanides ( email: s.alvanides at gmail.com ). Six 20 minute talks have been proposed for this meeting with three talks focussing on training/teaching/good practice for building up QGIS critical mass in North England at all levels (Local authorities, Citizens groups, Universities etc) and three talks presenting examples of current real-world applications of QGIS and OpenGIS from Consultancies, SMEs, Local authorities, Research etc.

Proposed Schedule

13.15 - 13.30: Introductions - Coffee available from 13.00
13.30 - 14.30: 3 x20' talks focusing on training/teaching/good practice
14.30 - 15.00: Discussion on the talks & coffee
15.00 - 16.00: 3 x20' talks presenting current real-world applications
16.00 - 16.30: Discussion on the talks & tea
16.30 - 17.00: QGIS North England UG - What next?

More details and an invitation will follow. Please visit the UK QGIS User Group website for meeting updates.

Date March 21, 2016

Vacancy: Graduate Geospatial/GIS Analyst

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Vacancy: Graduate Geospatial/GIS Analyst

Location: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering Services, Bristol
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Closing date: Sunday, 10 April 2016.

Job Description

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. They are looking for a Graduate Geospatial (GIS) Specialist with some demonstrable experience in the spatial sciences industry to join our team of 12 specialists sitting within the national ‘Smart Consulting’ team, the role will be based in our Bristol office, the role is a permanent position.

The successful candidate will provide GIS input to projects, including spatial data analysis, database design and management, mobile data collection, maintaining a GIS web portal and encompassing elements of digital map production. In addition there will be a requirement to assist with the delivery of spatial infrastructure services and develop data services/tools to external clients as well as a focus on the internal business to drive efficiencies and innovation.  

Candidate Profile

Qualifications and Work Experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • a tertiary degree (at 2:1 or above) in GIS, surveying, or related field of expertise is essential with an MSc being preferable, and at least an A-level in Maths or another numerate subject;
  • practical experience of the Esri ArcGIS suite of products and alternative open source solutions;
  • competence in computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • self motivation, initiative and ability to learn and share new skills on the job;
  • meticulous attention to detail;
  • ability to work independently as well as part of a team; and
  • excellent problem solving and analytical skills.

Desirable skills include the following:

  • broad level knowledge (ideally practical experience) of ESRI ArcGIS extensions and other related software packages and the interoperability between them, i.e. Mapinfo, AutoCAD, Microstation, FME, TRACC;
  • up to date with the latest technological advances in the field;
  • experience of using Geodatabases, data cleansing and standardisation, quality checking of data;
  • experience of relational database management, GIS-based asset management and consulting experience of applying Enterprise spatial technology solutions;
  • experience of 3-D modelling; and
  • skills in application development, specifically Python, .Net, SQL and Javascript, for desktop, web and mobile environments.

If you wish to apply for this position please email your CV and cover letter to Shelley.Lawton at wspgroup.com

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Three White Rose Office Park, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds, LS11 ODL
Tel:   +44 (0)113 395 6200
Mob: +44(0)7788 303 750

Date March 21, 2016

UCL: PhD in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data Quality for Online Civic Engagement

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UCL: PhD in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data Quality for Online Civic Engagement

Department/Division: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Duration of Studentship: Three years
Stipend: £17,045 plus Home fees per annum

Applications are invited for one PhD studentship which forms part of, and will be contextualised by, the European Union H2020 funded project, ‘WeGovNow!’ This project will focus on the use of digital technologies for effectively supporting civic society, whereby citizens are partners as opposed to customers in the delivery of public services. By integrating a set of innovative technologies from different European partners in Germany, Italy, and Greece to create citizen engagement platform, the project explores the use of digital tools for citizen reporting, e-participation, and communication between the citizen and local government. Building on previous research and technology development, the project will include programme of innovation in technology and services delivery.

For more information you can refer here.

Studentship Description

Central to the ‘WeGovNow!’ project is the philosophy of User-Centred Design (UCD), which is pivotal to the ethos and practices of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) Group at UCL (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/excites). ExCiteS has significant expertise and experience in Human Computer Interaction and spatial data quality, which will be two main aspects that this PhD will focus. In specific, this PhD will investigate how geospatial technologies (i.e. interface and visualisation, communication aspects of spatial data quality) for online citizen engagement should be designed and developed to address and improve accessibility and users’ trust concerns. Together with the suitable candidate, we will define the detailed scope of the project, although there are specific tasks that are needed, such as usability and accessibility evaluation of the different websites and systems that will be used in the project.

For more information about ExCiteS, see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/excites

Primary PhD supervisor will be Dr Artemis Skarlatidou and secondary supervisors will be Dr Claire Ellul and Prof. Muki Haklay.

Person Specification

The applicants should possess a good honours degree (1st Class or 2:1 minimum) in a relevant discipline such as Geography, Computer Science or Psychology. The ideal candidate should also hold an MSc in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, or Geographical Information Science and must have proven experience and skills in Human Computer Interaction.

The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, should be able to work as part of a team and should be flexible to participate and contribute to other ExCiteS projects. An interest in public engagement e-government practices and experience in conducting user studies and working with users and community groups would be an asset.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from UK and EU members.

Start Date

The post start date is as soon as possible, and no later than June 2016.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a cover letter and personal statement of the interest in the project, and CV to a.skarlatidou at ucl.ac.uk and c.ellul at ucl.ac.uk.

Deadline: Wednesday, 6 April 2016.

Date March 21, 2016

Jobs at eeGeo

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Jobs at eeGeo

Currently, eeGeo has openings for Software Engineers and a Distributed Development Manager. eeGeo's main office is based in Dundee, Scotland.

eeGeo is a software technology company who develop a cloud based, SaaS 3D mapping platform. The eeGeo platform enables their customers to build applications that incorporate real time, geospatially accurate 3D maps drawn using gaming software technology. eeGeo licence access to the platform to enable their customers to deliver compelling and engaging geo-centric applications and services.

eeGeo technology includes the capability to:

  • provide high performance, real time delivery of a rich 3D view of the world in mobile, webgl and vr applications;
  • import map information and convert it to a 3D view; and
  • display information sources within the map (such as landmarks, points of interest, local advertising, real time information etc.).

eeGeo is in the news as it has raised $5 million to 3D-map the world.

Please visit the eeGeo website for further information about these current openings.

Date March 18, 2016

PhD position vacancy at TU Delft: Generalisation of 3D city models

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PhD position vacancy at TU Delft: Generalisation of 3D city models

Location: Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

This PhD is part of a large project (entitled “Urban modelling in higher dimensions”) that will develop a fundamental solution for providing 3D data at application-specific Levels of Detail (LoDs). 3D city models are needed to monitor and predict processes in urban areas (noise, flooding, energy demand-supply). However, each application requires its own semantic and geometric LoD of the 3D data, and practitioners currently must spend enormous effort to collect and transform 3D datasets to make them suitable for a specific application. For example, noise models require block models, solar panel potential analyses require roof geometries and heat loss estimations require windows and doors. To enforce and ensure consistency across all dimensions, the project will develop a solution to model LoDs as an extra dimension to the 3D spatial dimensions in an integrated 3D+LoD (i.e. 4D) model. This approach models real-world entities as 4D objects that are stored in a 4D data structure.

The general project will develop:

  • a generalisation method in 3D to derive different LoDs from the same 3D base data in order to serve different applications;
  • the 4D data structure to model semantic rich 3D+LoD GIS data in nD; and
  • a method to “slice” the 4D model to obtain error-free 3D data at application-specific LoDs. These three parts are underpinned by use-case studies on urban applications that will define requirements and be used as tests.

The PhD candidate for part 1 (this position) will develop generalisation algorithms for 3D objects (buildings, bridges, etc). The LoDs to be generated (both in terms of semantics and geometry) are required to be in conformance with the 3D GIS standard CityGML. This standard supports both the concept of LoDs and the 3D data modelling for urban applications (noise, energy, etc).

The project will take place in the 3D geoinformation group under the supervision of Prof. Jantien Stoter and Dr Hugo Ledoux. The position is fully funded by the European Research Council (from a ERC starting grant). We expect the PhD student to collaborate with other researchers, e.g. the senior researchers in the project and two PhDs who will work on parts 2 and 3. In addition, the project is carried out within the context of the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, and therefore the PhD is expected to work with researchers in AMS (including a geo-data scientist).

Research group  

The 3D geoinformation research group, part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, focuses on the technologies underpinning geographical information systems (GIS), and aims at designing, developing and implementing better systems to model 3D cities, buildings and landscapes. It is a multidisciplinary group of around 12 people, including computer scientists, geomatics engineers, and geographers. It has a history of successful collaborations with the industry and the government: its research has led to software, standards and patents for the management of 3D geographic information.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft

At the Delft University of Technology, a PhD student is a full-time employee of the university who gets paid a salary, no extra funding is necessary. The gross salary is €2,174 per month for the 1st year, going up to €2,779 during the 4th year. TU Delft also offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree (or almost completed) in geoinformatics/geomatics, computer science, applied mathematics, or in a related discipline. They are expected to have good programming skills, a good command of English (oral and written) and strong interest in 3D modelling and/or computational geometry. Prior experience with GIS is highly desirable.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a detailed CV and a letter of application;
  • the name of two referees;
  • copies of BSc/MSc diplomas and grades obtained;
  • proof of English competencies (if applicable); and
  • MSc thesis or any publications you have authored (a URL to a PDF is fine).

Please email your application material to Caro Coemans (hr-bk at tudelft.nl) and refer to vacancy number BK2016-08.

For more information about this position, please contact directly Prof. Dr Jantien Stoter (j.e.stoter at tudelft.nl or +31 6 52 06 2383).

Date March 18, 2016

Assistant /Associate Professor in Geo-information Science

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Assistant /Associate Professor in Geo-information Science

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

Application Deadline: Saturday, 16 April 2016

Description

The laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen UR ((University & Research centre) is inviting candidates to submit applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor in Geo-information Science. (S)he will be asked to contribute to the education activities and the group’s research. The candidate is expected to develop innovative scientific research strengthening and complementing the already ongoing themes in the group. Examples are smart cities, big geo-data analytics, spatial thinking, geo-social analysis, spatial gaming, and spatial-temporal modelling; among others. The laboratory is actively seeking to increase its number of female senior researchers therefore qualified women will be treated with preference.

Requirements

The candidate must hold a PhD in Geo-information Science or related fields. An excellent academic record (research, passion for teaching, attracting research funding) in line with the expected profile for a Tenure Track at Wageningen University is required. The candidate should show  leadership in developing a vision on future research and education in Geo-information Science and be an inspiring ambassador of her/his theme towards stakeholders both within and outside academia, nationally and internationally.

Benefits

Salary depends on knowledge and experience.  Gross salary per month from € 3.400 to € 4.654 (assistant professor position) and from € 4.712 to € 5.735 (associate professor position) based on full time employment.

As an Assistant /Associate Professor, you will be offered a career trajectory called Tenure Track, with a great environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in their field and develop towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair, including the chance to build up your own research line and research group. Training and coaching are provided an as well as opportunities to work part-time.

More information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof.dr.ir. A.K. Bregt, chair holder Geo-information Science, Arnold.Bregt at wur.nl.  Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Patty van Beek, HRM-advisor, Patty.vanBeek at wur.nl

Please do not send your application directly to Professor Bregt or Ms. van Beek.

Date March 18, 2016

Top Five weirdest town names on Earth

Top Five weirdest town names on Earth

Geoawesomeness provides some Friday geo-fun, and as expected, Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch in Wales is on their list.

Geoawesomeness is a blog about geospatial technologies and everything awesome around it.

Date March 18, 2016

University of Leeds: School of Geography Scholarship

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University of Leeds: School of Geography Scholarship

Brief Description

Geography Information Systems (GIS) Distance Learning Scholarship

The School of Geography, University of Leeds, is offering a number of partial fee scholarships for students studying the Masters in Geographical Information Systems (Distance Learning) and taking either the Business, Planning or Developer stream in Year 2. If you are awarded the scholarship will receive a reduction of £800 in Year Two and £600 in Year Three.

Eligibility and Criteria

This scholarship is only available to candidates studying the MSc in Geographical Information Systems via distance learning and taking either the Business, Planning or Developer stream in Year Two. Information about the streams can be found at http://www.gislearn.org/list-of[...]

Applications must be submitted no later than 10 weeks before your Year Two studies commence, or by deadlines as advertised by the School of Geography (please contact the Admissions Team for upcoming deadlines). These scholarships are only available to self-funding applicants.

Please note that decisions on scholarship applications will be made at the end of your Year One studies.

Scholarships are considered and awarded on a quarterly (three monthly) basis. If your situation changes (e.g. if you take leave) you will be required to re-submit your scholarship application for consideration in the following round of scholarship allocations.

Applications open all year round, please download your application form here.

Application Instruction

Please submit a completed School of Geography Scholarship application by email to geo-tpg-odl at leeds.ac.uk by the deadline.

Date March 18, 2016
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