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Training School at the University of Malta: GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science


Training School at the University of Malta: GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science

The University of Malta are running a training school on GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science


The Training School focuses on various aspects of GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science. The aim of the training school is to share experiences with using GIS, collecting geographic information and exploring Citizen Science. At the end of the training school participants will understand the various sources of voluntary geographic information, they will be able to harvest such information and apply some analysis techniques in various applications of voluntary geographic information. The training school will include a mix of lecture based sessions and in-the-field experiences collecting geographic data. A day-long fieldtrip to Gozo, Malta’s second island, is included in the programme, as well as hands-on experiences using hardware and software. Tutors and facilitators will provide facilities for participants to try out new ways of interacting with Geographic Information as well as support learning with lectures and tutorials. The training school is open to a wide range of participants having a basic knowledge of GI and GIS. More information is available in the attached pdf.


The ENERGIC Training School will be hosted at the Msida Campus of the University of Malta. ?The University of Malta is located close to the capital city Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Participation grants

18 grants of 900 euro (for travel, hotel accommodation, registration fee and meals) which will be awarded to selected participants from the following EU countries (AT,BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, LU, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SK, SE, TR, UK) which are members of COST ENERGIC action. 


Those interested to participate in the training school are requested to send a motivation and position letter (up to 2 pages) and a Curriculum Vitae (1-page) with photo to maria.attard at um.edu.mt by April 15, 2015. Participants will be required to submit a report following the completion of the training school. Any questions regarding the training school, participation grants and reimbursement should be forwarded to the same email.

DEADLINE for application 15 April 2015 (selection results by 27 April) 

Date March 24, 2015

Rare first edition of 200-year-old William Smith geological map found

Rare first edition of 200-year-old William Smith geological map found

Reported in The Independent today, this rare first edition of the William Smith geological map, was rediscovered in London.

The 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, made by William Smith, was initially thought lost. It was the first geological map of a nation ever produced, showing the geological strata of England, Wales and a part of Scotland.

The map is thought to be one of the first ten copies made, and is one of about 380 hand-coloured copies of the map that were made by Smith. The find has been made public as a number of geological groups celebrate the 200th anniversary of the map.

Smith pioneered the science of stratigraphy, helping to map the layers that make up the Earth, and has been called the Father of English Geology. The map served as the basis for all the geological surveys that followed in Britain and around the world.

The complete story can be found on The Independent via link below.

Date March 24, 2015

GeoDATA 2015 Seminar Series

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GeoDATA 2015 Seminar Series

GeoDATA 2015 is an international series of educational events designed to raise awareness, impart knowledge and inspire users of geospatial data, technology and services within the private and public sectors.

These events are free to attend, one day seminars, comprising industry-focused sessions presented by global experts at the forefront of geospatial innovation. With a strong emphasis on learning and application, delegates return to the office with new information about the latest advances in geospatial technology and solutions.

The programme is complemented by a trade exhibition that will showcase and demonstrate many of the latest research and commercial developments. It’s a unique opportunity where delegates will benefit from face-to-face expert advice and guidance under one roof.

Key speakers, current topics and a focus on education has built GeoDATA’s reputation over the last 13 years as a must-attend event.

Seminar Series

  • Dublin 28 April 2015
  • Cork 30 April 2015
  • Birmingham 14 May 2015
  • Brussels 9 June 2015
  • Amsterdam 11 June 2015
  • Belfast 5 November 2015
  • Edinburgh 12 November 2015
  • London 3 December 2015

Date March 24, 2015
More information

New OS OpenData products available


New OS OpenData products available

The recently announced OpenData products from Ordnance Survey are now available for download. Four new products have been released: OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. OS now have 16 OpenData products available, the latest additions to the suite of OpenData products provide increased detail and accuracy and the opportunity for greater analytics. They new datasets are fully customisable and can work together or be imported and integrated with your own software and database.

OS Open Map – Local provides a customisable backdrop for users to map, visualise and fully understand their data. This new product provides the most detailed level of buildings in OS’s open data suite and is designed to be used with other open data products.

OS Open Names is a reliable location search product for when you need to find something fast. It’s a new, better quality, consistent index for all the location names in Great Britain. Users can search a particular location or look for somewhere in a number of ways to an accuracy of within 1 metre.

OS Open Rivers is a generalised open water network showing the flow and the locations of rivers, streams, lakes and canals across the whole of Great Britain.

OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain. It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B roads) as well as officially named unclassified roads.

All 16 OS OpenData products are free to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes. Visit www.os.uk/opendata  

Date March 24, 2015
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Geospatial Analyst posts with MOD


Geospatial Analyst posts with MOD

Location: Feltham
Salary: £24,028 - £24,028
Number of posts: 30

Closing date: Monday, 4 May 2015.

Job description 

Providing maps and geographic information to our armed forces is no easy task; they can deploy anywhere in the world with only a few hours notice. The Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) collects, assesses, processes and distributes geospatial information and intelligence to UK Defence for policy making, planning, training and operations. Successful applicants will join the Geospatial Analyst professional group and will be provided with extensive opportunities to develop core skills and functional subject matter expertise. 

Each post, depending on its focus, will include some of these responsibilities: 

• Determine customers’ requirements for geospatial information, plan and task deliverables
• Identify and collect geospatial sources worldwide in accordance with planned and anticipated defence requirements
• Research source materials, advise on their use, resolve technical and procedural problems
• Process and interpret imagery and other sources to capture and compile digital data to defined specifications
• Represent features and manipulate digital data to produce geospatial outputs
• Validate geospatial information for output and ingest into data stores, libraries and databases
• Assure the quality of DGC and third party geospatial information
• Apply best practice to records management
• Prepare information for electronic distribution to meet the customer’s need
• Develop the use of web-based services for distribution and delivery 

Practised IT skills are essential. Knowledge of GIS techniques and a working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software is desirable as they are required for the majority of activities. Foreign languages are also desirable.

Business area 

Defence Geographic Centre


Two A’ levels at Grade E or higher, or equivalent Level 3 qualification. One A level must be in a relevant subject, e.g. Geography, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Geomatics, Surveying or Geodesy. 

Three GCSEs at Grade C or higher, or equivalent, these should include Mathematics and Geography (unless specifically held at A’ Level).


  • You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Building Capability for All
  • Delivering at Pace
  • GA 1 – Understanding the Geospatial Information and Intelligence Environment


For successful candidates, pension schemes are available.

Flexible working hours, onsite parking, gym, active sports and social association.


Posts based at Feltham receive Outer London weighting of £1250. Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

The post does not offer any assistance with Relocation Expenses.


If you are a successful candidate you will be expected to undertake Developed Vetting checks.

Date March 23, 2015

Application for Funds to attend 2015 FIG Working Week & 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting

Application for Funds to attend 2015 FIG Working Week & 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting

The FIG Foundation has decided to provide a number of grants in support of young surveyors attending the 2015 FIG Working Week and 3rd FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria (17 to 21 May 2015).  These grants are available to all young surveyors who meet the definition of a young surveyor as defined below (regardless of where you live).

Please note that funds are only available if you are staying for the 3rd FIG YS Europe meeting AND the FIG Working Week!

To qualify for the funds, you must meet the requirements to be Young Surveyors as FIG defines:

  • Young Surveyors (YS)
  • Surveyors aged 35 years or under
  • Students of surveying and all related studies

Young Surveying Professionals (YSP)

  • Young Professionals of surveying and all related studies within
  • 10 years of graduation from a Bachelor or Masters degree

An online application is available for completion and submission to FIG. 

The latest date to submit your application is Wednesday, March 25 2015. On Wednesday, April 1st, the selection will be made by the FIG Foundation.

Date March 20, 2015

New online Admiralty Charts of Scotland, 1795-1963


New online Admiralty Charts of Scotland, 1795-1963

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has just put online all their holdings of Admiralty charts of the Scottish coastline and adjacent seas, published over 50 years ago - 950 charts in total. Admiralty Charts show many coastal features in good detail, and are also useful in predating the work of Ordnance Survey for many northern counties before the 1880s. For many of Scotland’s busier estuaries and ports, there are also regular revisions of charts coming through to the 1960s for tracking change over time.

The high-resolution, zoomable maps can easily be viewed using a clickable map and as an ordered list. We have also georeferenced a selection of 200 charts, so that they can be viewed as zoomable overlays on a Bing map or satellite layer or in our Side-by-side viewer.

Read further information about the charts or go to the Admiralty charts homepage.

Date March 20, 2015

UN General Assembly urges the Sharing of Geospatial Data to Benefit People and Planet


UN General Assembly urges the Sharing of Geospatial Data to Benefit People and Planet

European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI) reports on the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of its first resolution recognising the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy.

Geodesy plays an increasing role in people’s lives, from finding disaster victims to finding directions using a smart phone.

The General Assembly resolution, A Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development, outlines the value of ground-based observations and remote satellite sensing when tracking changes in populations, ice caps, oceans and the atmosphere over time. Such geospatial measurements can support sustainable development policymaking, climate change monitoring and natural disaster management, and also have a wide range of applications for transport, agriculture and construction.

Emphasizing that “no one country can do this alone,” the General Assembly called for greater multilateral cooperation on geodesy, including the open sharing of geospatial data, further capacity-building in developing countries and the creation of international standards and conventions.

Co-sponsored by 52 Member States, the resolution was originally put forward by Fiji and adopted on 26 February 2015. Ambassador Peter Thomson, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, explained that, as a Small Island Developing State, Fiji is vulnerable to increasingly severe natural disasters, sea-level rise and other problems triggered by climate change, but uses geodesy data to plan as best as it can.

Date March 20, 2015

Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

Learning Resource

Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis

The Geographic Data Science Lab, at the University of Liverpool, and the University of Liverpool in London, are running this workshop.


Date: Liverpool: Monday, 27 April 2015, 9:30am to 4pm
Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool


Date: London: Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 9:30am to 4pm
Venue: PC Suite 1, University of Liverpool in London

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 required, but experience of using R is not required. Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more details, including costs, please click link below to access the page for the workshop run at the University of Liverpool. You will find a link on that page to access the page for the London workshop.


Details of registration will follow. Please email n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk to reserve your place specifying which course you wish to attend.

Date March 20, 2015

The new OS Geospatial Innovation Hub will be housed at the Urban Innovation Centre in London

The new OS Geospatial Innovation Hub will be housed at the Urban Innovation Centre in London

The new Ordnance Survey hub will be home to  a multi-functional team of entrepreneurial thinkers drawn from Ordnance Survey's existing team as well as collaborators from the wider geospatial industry. Interacting with developers, designers and new media creatives, Ordnance Survey will bring together a wide range of skills to create a step change in modern geospatial products and services.

The Hub builds on five years of investment by Ordnance Survey, which has seen the company inject almost £650,000 into innovative ventures. It’s hoped the new initiative will energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry.

Date March 20, 2015
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