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GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists


GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists This course will cover various aspects of producing an ecology survey map, from the examination of industry standards to the analysis of client and project requirements, and from the acquisition of ecological survey data to the creation of maps using Esri software.

Drawing on their extensive experience of providing GIS services, most notably habitat maps, to ecologists, the Ecology Consultancy will share their knowledge of GIS and cartographic data models to demonstrate how maps can comprehensively summarise and effectively communicate ecological survey results. Having an understanding of the habitat mapping requirements for ecological reports is the first stage in successful map production. Following the analytical steps and the qualitative considerations to produce a habitat survey map (e.g. Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species assessments), the course will provide the expertise of interpreting the survey results, producing adequate map layouts, with suitable symbology and output formats. Using standard habitat classification (JNCC) as a reference, the course will cover various ways to create a map, together with recommendations, quality procedures and work instructions, suggestions and future work, improvements, and integration with ecology workflows.

Organisation: The Ecology Consultancy
Venue: Devon House, 58-60 St. Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1LB
Date: 20 November 2014
Cost: £150 - £175

Date July 15, 2014
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Research Fellow (Built Environment, Active Design and Health)

Research Fellow (Built Environment, Active Design and Health) The Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on an exciting project as part of a randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of living in the East Village (a neighbourhood based on active design principles in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park) on physical activity and health.

The post is full-time for two years. The post will be based in the Healthy Environments Research Programme in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The post will suit a candidate with a strong background in social or environmental epidemiology, spatial analysis and/or quantitative health geography, especially in the field of neighbourhood built and social determinants of health. A higher degree (ideally PhD) in a relevant field is essential. Skills in quantitative data analysis using longitudinal and/or spatial approaches as well as some expertise in the using of GIS are desirable. The successful candidate will be required to collate, create and analyse secondary data on environmental exposures related to physical activity and other health behaviours and write up findings for peer-reviewed publication.

The post is supervised by Professor Steven Cummins (steven.cummins at lshtm.ac.uk) and Dr Daniel Lewis (daniel.lewis at lshtm.ac.uk).

The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway Research Fellow scale Grade 6 (£36,378-£41,313) inclusive, and will commence as soon as possible (preferably no later than 1st October 2014).

Closing date: Sunday, 27 July 2014

Date July 11, 2014

GIS & Data Officer post at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC)


GIS & Data Officer post at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week (plus occasional weekend working, time in lieu given)
Salary: £21,000 per year.

ARC is looking to recruit a GIS & Data Officer with excellent GIS mapping skills, for a one-year contract initially, with the possibility of extension subject to available funding. To start as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will assist our Science Programme Manager and will be responsible for GIS mapping and modelling products, the input of species data from ARC’s species monitoring programmes, entering data onto the Site Management Database and maintaining up-to-date records on volunteer surveys and licensing. You will be required to analyse data for monitoring, policy-guidance, reporting and dissemination purposes.

Essential skills include exceptional organisational ability, data entry experience, experience with MS Office programmes (especially Excel and Access), and a high level of competency with GIS systems. Experience of species distribution and connectivity modelling using ArcGIS (and programmes such as MaxEnt, Conefor etc) as well as mobile technology (iOS and/or Android apps) will be a distinct advantage.

Closing date:Thursday, 17 July 2014.

Please download the job description and application form from the ARC website, or contact Helen Wraight on 01202 391319 or helen.wraight at arc-trust.org for an application pack.

Please return your application form, together with a brief covering letter, to

Helen Wraight,
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation,
655a Christchurch Road,
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4AP

or email to helen.wraight at arc-trust.org

Date July 10, 2014

Product and Data Assurance Manager - OS


Product and Data Assurance Manager - OS In order to maintain this reputation Ordnance Survey are looking for a manager for our Data and Product Assurance team. You will be a great people manager and have a good track record in team management and development. Being responsible for a team of up to ten people you will ensure that data and products are tested on time and to the quality expected by our customers. Expertise in GIS and databases will be very useful in this role and, whilst not essential, knowledge of our products will be beneficial.

Ordnance Survey is expanding its product range and several new products are planned in the coming year. You will use your skills and knowledge to help build capability within the team, introduce new software and provide the business with a first class service.

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • People management / development principles
  • Technical knowledge of Spatial databases, GIS and querying languages such as SQL, PL-SQL or Python
  • Analytical skills in solving complex data problems

Date July 9, 2014

British Library need maps georeferencing

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British Library need maps georeferencing The British Library has just released another batch of scanned historic maps which need georeferencing. Over 3,100 maps, previously hidden within the pages of 17th, 18th, and 19th century books, are now available to georeference and overlay on modern mapping through the link below.

The process is really simple, use a modern map to match features on the historic map. This is a great opportunity to help make some really great maps which sit buried in a dark drawer, available to the public once again through a web mapping portal. To find out how to get involved, click the link below.

Date July 9, 2014

Clark Labs announces new version of Remote Sensing with IDRISI

Under 50 GBP RS

Clark Labs announces new version of Remote Sensing with IDRISI Revised for IDRISI Selva, this version is now available for purchase from Clark Labs. The text is ideal for students and professionals seeking a hands-on, guided exploration of the fundamental issues in remote sensing and image processing, using the techniques and approaches within the IDRISI software.

The text introduces the reader to the display and basic processing procedures for enhancement, analysis and classification of satellite imagery, and trains the user in how to accomplish these tasks within the IDRISI environment. The text comes with tutorial exercises and sample data from a number of locations around the globe, covering a variety of natural and human-modified environments.

It is an excellent resource for teaching remote sensing and is used by universities worldwide.

Cost is only $50 USD plus shipping.

Date July 9, 2014

FieldMove Clino

GIS Mobile

FieldMove Clino FieldMove Clino is a digital compass-clinometer for data capture on your smartphone. The app will allow you to use your phone as a traditional hand-held bearing compass as well as a digital compass-clinometer for measuring and capturing the orientation of planar and linear features in the field. You can also capture and store digital photographs and text notes.

FieldMove Clino Pro is available now as an in-app purchase within FieldMove Clino. More than 10,000 geologists have downloaded our app for use this field season and now we've added new Pro features:

  • New expanded library of symbols for planar and linear data
  • Stereonet display of geological data
  • Draw contacts, faults and outcrops on your chosen basemap (iOS only)
  • Export KMZ and CSV data to other applications like FieldMove or Move

FieldMove Clino is available for iPhone and Android

Date July 8, 2014

First images from SPOT 7 satellite released


First images from SPOT 7 satellite released Airbus Defence and Space has released the first images of SPOT 7, which was launched several days ago from the space centre in India

The SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite, designed and developed by Airbus Defence and Space, was launched on 30 June at 6:22 am (Paris time) by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. It will now join the orbit in which its twin, SPOT 6, and the very-high-resolution observation satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B are located, and will be positioned at 180 degree in relation to SPOT 6. After it has undergone a period of tests in orbit, Airbus Defence and Space’s optical constellation will be at its full operational capacity.

The company will thus operate a constellation of four optical satellites that will open up opportunities for new applications, providing the latest images within an unprecedented time frame. This means that every day, every point on the globe can be viewed both in high resolution by a SPOT satellite and in very high resolution by a Pléiades satellite. While SPOT 6 and 7 will cover wider areas with a resolution of 1.5 m, Pléiades 1A and 1B will be focused on more targeted zones with a greater level of detail (50 cm products).

More SPOT 7 imagery can be downloaded and viewed via the 'More information' link.

Date July 8, 2014
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PhD - Dynamic Multi-Scaled Schematic Mapping via Smartphone

Mobile UK Programming GIS Research

PhD - Dynamic Multi-Scaled Schematic Mapping via Smartphone The School of Geosciences at The University of Edinburgh is looking to recruit a PhD student to work on dynamic multi-scaled schematic mapping on Smartphones. The research will explore how best to deliver digital information that facilitates the use of public transport systems in urban environments. The project will involve the dynamic delivery of various geographic information at various levels of detail via smartphones in such a way that pedestrians can travel and transit seamlessly between various modes of transport (bus, train, on-foot etc). This challenging and exciting research is a joint collaboration with Ordnance Survey and is funded for 3.5 years through an EPSRC industrial case studentship.

Travelling the city often involves the use of multi modal transportation systems. Using public transport comprises various subtasks (broad synoptic planning, schedule searching, navigating in and out of stations, finding platforms and bays, confirming the state of progress along the journey). These are challenging tasks in which different information needs to be delivered according to location and the task at hand.

Therefore the challenge of this research is in the integration and delivery of different forms of geographic information, working within the constraints of the screen real estate of the smartphone.

The project will draw on multi-scale data, integrated using graph database methodologies in order to explicitly model the relationship between the task and the information requirements of that task, with a focus on supporting the situational awareness of the user, as they move between architectural spaces and the outdoor world. A phenomena based model that explicitly models the partonomic and functional relationships among geographic entities is intended to underpin a more intuitive and flexible approach t to the delivery of (geographic) information.

For more information on this project, please contact: william.mackaness@ed.ac.uk and you can read about some of the projects initial outputs here.

Date July 7, 2014

EDINA - Geographic Information Technician

UK Programming GIS

EDINA - Geographic Information Technician Just a reminder that there is only 2 days left to apply to join the EDINA geodata team as a Geographic Information Technician. Application must be received by 1700 on 9th July 2014.

It is worth noting due to essential maintenance the University of Edinburgh's eRecruitment system will be unavailable from 17:00 Tuesday 8th July to 23:59 midnight Tuesday 8th July (British Summer Time - BST). You will not lose any saved applications but you will not be able to submit any applications during this time.

We seek a full time Geographic Information Technician to support, maintain and develop our online services and projects for delivering geographic information. The work is primarily focused on the data and database aspects of our services, providing operational cover and undertaking aspects of service development.

Ideally you will have a degree in a geo-spatial science or related discipline, expertise with using a range of GIS applications, database skills and practical experience of handling and processing a range of different geo-spatial data types and data.

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

For more information about the job, please follow the link below.

Date July 7, 2014
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