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TatukGIS news: SHH - Road Management System in Poland's Malopolska Province

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TatukGIS news: SHH - Road Management System in Poland

Poland’s Malopolska Province uses a road infrastructure management IT solution provided by TatukGIS customer SHH. The solution includes dedicated GIS tools that enable analysis, sharing, and reporting of information concerning roads and incidents. For this implementation, the Malopolska Province Road Management Authority in Cracow was awarded the Gold Award in the “Innovation” category of the Transport Industry.

The TatukGIS Developer Kernel was used to develop two of the system's modules:

1. The desktop application portion of the solution which is, essentially, a thick client to the Geoinformation Data Warehouse running on Oracle database, and
2. the Design Files Repository that enables team members access to road project metadata georeferenced to map location. The application is used on desktop workstations and Windows OS touch enabled PDA, tablet, and specialized mobile applications in the field.

The Geoinformation Data Warehouse aggregates data from all IT modules of the Malopolska Province Road Management System. The desktop application is configurable, such as with wizards for submitting database queries. The application provides access to the data and its visualization through internet client applications and geoportal with access to external WMS services.

The Design Files Repository supports efficient teamwork by enabling project team members to access, search for, and report on collected project resources. Files are described with the following information: linked road and its reference segment, kilometer status associated to the particular road segment, database type (e.g., mapping data letter, spreadsheet, documentation, correspondence, photo, video, audio), comments, character, and geometric range associated with a deposited document (point, line, or shape).

Other important modules and functionalities of the SHH Road Management System:

Linear Reference System for editing and updating elements of the road system, making it possible to locate objects and features according to their distance along a linear road segment.
Management for Roads and Bridge Facilities providing multifaceted collection of data about the road, its development and technical infrastructure.
Cadastral Register for keeping records of roads, adjacent property parcels. This part of the solution is compatible with the Bentley graphic environment (that was implemented earlier by the Malopolska Provincial Road Management Authority), and with the Poland National Cadastral System standards.
Road Information Geoportal enabling publication and analysis of technical, business, and GIS information from warehouses or other data sources via a standard web browser.
System for signage and traffic safety equipment to manage a huge inventory of vertical and horizontal signs and road safety equipment, including replacement scheduling of these assets.
Mobile work system enabling use of PDA and other mobile devices by personnel in the field to record events and online access to technical documentation.

Besides its Road Management System, SHH develops infrastructure information management solutions for railway lines, mining and geological design, water and gas utilities, cadastral survey, urban planning, and industrial project design. SHH looks forward to upgrading future development to the TatukGIS Developer Kernel v.11 for Delphi / Mobile edition, with its support for mobile GIS application development for the popular Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

Learn more about SHH solutions at www.shh.pl. Please visit the TatukGIS website to learn about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (GIS SDK).

Date February 29, 2016

The Wales Map Symposium 2016: Shaping the Nation

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The Wales Map Symposium 2016: Shaping the Nation

An event hosted by the National Library of Wales in association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Date and Time: Friday, 27 May 2016, 10.00 to 16.30.

Venue: The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU.

Theme:

Shaping the Nation - the role of maps in both depicting and creating the nation both as an entity on the ground and also as a perception in the minds of people.

Presentations:

Mapping the Marches: Marginal Places and Spaces of Cartographic Innovation. Keith Lilley, Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University Belfast.

Shapes of Scotland: Maps, history and national identity. Chris Fleet, Map Curator, National Library of Scotland.

The Military Map Collection of George III: a cartographic record of European wars, empires won and empires lost. Yolande Hodson, Map historian; cataloguer of King George III's Military Maps in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

Ail-ddychmygu daearyddiaethau’r iaith Gymraeg/Re-imagining geographies of Welshness. Rhys Jones, Head of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

Humphrey Llwyd and the map of Wales. Huw Thomas, Map Curator, National Library of Wales.

Maps and mapping at the Royal Commission; putting the past in its place. Tom Pert, On-line Development Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Tickets available for free, morning and afternoon refreshments provided.

For tickets phone: 01970 632 548 or visit the National Library of Wales' website.

Date February 29, 2016

INSPIRE Conference 2016 Call for abstracts and workshops

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INSPIRE Conference 2016 Call for abstracts and workshops

Over the past decades the European Union has put in place a broad range of environmental legislation to protect, preserve and improve Europe's environment for present and future generations. However, many challenges persist and these must be tackled together in a structured way.

The 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), guiding European environment policy until 2020, identifies the priority areas where more action is needed and ascertains INSPIRE as one of the instruments of the enabling framework to meet these goals.

INSPIRE is about efficiently sharing digital spatial data related to the environment between public authorities at all levels of government, across borders and with the public at large. Such requires effective coordination between all authorities involved and a high degree of legal and technical interoperability, which is also pursued in the context of the EU Digital Single Market.

As such, the INSPIRE Conference 2016, “INSPIRing a sustainable environment”, also aims to show how the implementation of INSPIRE contributes to the European Interoperability Framework and the EU's digital economy in general.

It will be organised through a series of plenary sessions addressing common policy issues, and parallel sessions focusing in particular on applications and implementations of INSPIRE, interoperability challenges and solutions, research issues and new and evolving technologies and applications and poster presentations

Call for abstracts and workshops

You are invited to submit proposals for abstracts of presentations which will be delivered in thematic sessions or for workshops.

Details of the call and the topics covered are available on the INSPIRE Conference 2016 site.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, 16 May 2016.

The INSPIRE Conference 2016 will take place in Barcelona, 26-30 September 2016.

Date February 29, 2016

General Sound Map of London

General Sound Map of London

Recordings of background atmospheres and incidental noises from all over London. Some form part of a sound grid series recorded at evenly-spaced points across the city, each marking the centre of a square on the map.

About general sound map recordings

The majority of recordings on the general sound map are simply of curious or distinctive sounds heard around London. Some also appear elsewhere as part of the 12 Tones of London statistical recording project, and are subsumed into their appropriate grid squares.

These kinds of recordings always have descriptive file names which don't require any further explanation. But just over a hundred others have ones consisting only of the letters 'TQ' followed by eight digits. These are the Ordnance Survey co-ordinates marking the exact centre of each of the sound map's 112 grid squares, and so these file names tell you with some precision where the recordings were made. Reaching each point was done with the help of a GPS receiver and a willingness to scramble over fences and run onto golf courses.

Date February 26, 2016

University of Glasgow: The Leverhulme Trust "Collections" Scholarships (six)

University of Glasgow: The Leverhulme Trust "Collections" Scholarships (six)

Collections: an Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21st Century

It is well known that in the three hundred years since the Enlightenment, knowledge worldwide has made giant steps, but at the same time, this knowledge has become compartmentalised. Increasingly narrow specialisms, at a price, deliver insight and technological advances. Knowledge reflects depth, but rarely, a breadth of understanding. All too easily, the various disciplines of the modern academy lose touch with each other, when there remains much that they might share. Clinicians, scientists, historians, criminologists, curators and literary scholars, should and could share knowledge, insight and methodology.

The need for a holistic vision for the academy is all the more pressing now, as researchers confront an environment where advances in digitization and an accelerating global connectivity has further increased the complexity and sheer number of accessible collections, whether these are artefacts, data or other kinds of ‘collected’ material. In this context, what for example, might a clinician learn from a criminologist or an art historian about the ethics of provenance and questions of consent? Or how best do we use network theory in relation to collections of literary novels?

By drawing on the extensive resources of the University of Glasgow, the City of Glasgow and established national and international networks, Collections presents a re-imagining of the Enlightenment ambition. Working in close collaboration with one another, the Collections students will explore historical and contemporary collections using quantitative and qualitative techniques derived from Science, the Arts and Humanities; methodologies emerging from Big Data; and analysis from within medical disciplines.

In session 2016-17 there will be six PhD projects, each attracting a doctoral scholarship providing maintenance (c. £14,100 in session 2016-17) and fees (Home/EU rate only) at Research Council rates.

PhD Projects

1) Syphilis: An Enlightenment Controversy analysed through Documents and Anatomical Specimens
2) Lord Kelvin, Geographer
3) Second Cities of Empire: Glasgow and Kolkata/Calcutta
4) Using data to transform public services
5) Collecting Worlds, Dissertating Geography
6) Human rights, conflict, and the archive: Iraqi archives in the USA

Candidates interested in applying for funded PhD study on this project are encouraged to make informal contact with the Supervisor(s) in the first instance.

Candidates wishing to submit an application should prepare and submit the following documentation:

  • The application form which includes a personal statement in which you should detail the particular attributes and/or achievements which make you a suitable candidate to undertake the proposed project.
  • Your CV
  • Your degree transcripts
  • Two references in support of your application

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is Friday, 25 March 2016. Applications should be emailed to Adeline Callander, Graduate School Administrator ( Adeline.Callander at glasgow.ac.uk ).

The website provides a detailed description for each of the PhD projects.

Date February 26, 2016

SERC 2016 Conference Call for Papers from Postgraduate Research

SERC 2016 Conference Call for Papers from Postgraduate Research

The eighth annual Spatial Economics Research Centre's Annual Conference will take place at the LSE from 26 to 27 May 2016.

Submissions are now invited for papers to be presented in the PhD / junior researchers sessions. Topics should broadly reflect SERC's research agenda which includes regional and urban economics, urbanisation in developing countries and spatial policy evaluation.  See www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk for details of the centre’s current research programmes.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 7 March 2016.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend both days of the conference. Financial support for authors of those papers selected for presentation (covering economy travel and budget hotel up to a maximum to be agreed case by case) will be provided by SERC.

The choice of papers will be based on 500 word abstracts, which should be sent via email to Jo Cantlay at the Centre ( serc at lse.ac.uk ), together with information about the author’s affiliations, status and date of PhD submission (if awarded in the last three years).

Each presenter may also be expected to serve as a discussant. Authors will be notified of decisions by Monday, 21 March. If your paper is accepted, deadline for full paper submissions is Wednesday, 27 April.

If you require further information please contact Ted Pinchbeck (E.W.Pinchbeck at lse.ac.uk).

For more information about SERC and the Annual Conference, please visit the website.

Date February 25, 2016

UCL: PhD in Citizen Science/Crowd Sourcing

UCL: PhD in Citizen Science/Crowd Sourcing

A new opportunity to join the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group and undertake research in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data Quality for Online Civic Engagement.

Duration: Three years

Funding: The scholarship covers UCL registration fees and provides a stipend of £17,045 per annum tax free. Travel expenses and research equipment will also be provided to the successful candidate

Funding Body: EU funding Horizon 2020 and UCL

Vacancy Information: 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 We GovNow 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 and our work see their website.

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, 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, residing in UK. Applicants must meet EPSRC eligibility requirements found here.

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

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

Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 11 March 2016.

Date February 25, 2016

Postdoc Research Associate's post at Cardiff University

Job

Postdoc Research Associate

This is a full time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 18 months.
Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum (Grade 6).

Closing date: Friday, 1 April 2016.

A post-doctoral research position (Research Associate), funded jointly by the Newton Fund, Natural Environmental Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council and National Science Foundation of China, is available in the Sustainable Places Research Institute and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University to study the role of social vulnerability in moderating the risks posed by earthquake induced landslides in China. We are seeking someone with experience in quantitative analysis of socio-economic/demographic or environmental data to join our multidisciplinary collaboration between Cardiff University and Chengdu University of Technology. The post holder will examine current indices of social vulnerability in China, examine the distribution of social vulnerability and landslide hazards to map risks, and develop models of risk for policy makers and other stakeholders in Sichuan Province and beyond.
 
The post is available from 01 June 2016.

Job Description

To conduct interdisciplinary quantitative social science research analysing the vulnerability of populations to natural hazards (e.g. earthquake, landslide) and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publication of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Research

• To conduct quantitative social science research and contribute to the overall research performance of the School, Sustainable Places University Research Institute and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
• To participate in School research activities.
• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.

Other

• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification (Essential Criteria)   

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a discipline such as human geography, environmental social science, economics, demography or related subject area or relevant industrial experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within one or more of the following research fields:

• Geographical Information Science
• Statistics and spatial analysis
• Population geography
• Risk / vulnerability analysis

3. Knowledge of current status of research in social vulnerability / resilience to hazards.
4. Experience of quantitative analysis of socio-economic / demographic or environmental data.
5. Proven ability to publish in national journals.
6. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.

Communication and Team Working

7. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
8. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.

Other

9. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.
10. Ability to travel overseas (China) for data collection and field trips of up to 2 months.

Desirable Criteria

11. Proficiency in Chinese language.
12. Experience of working in an interdisciplinary team.
13. Relevant professional qualification(s).
14. Evidence of collaborations with industry.
15. Proven ability to work without close supervision.
16.  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
17. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.
18. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

For more details, please contact Dr. T.C. Hales ( HalesT at Cardiff.ac.uk ).

Please visit the website for further details and to apply for this post.

Date February 24, 2016

University Teacher: Geomatics

Job GIS

University Teacher: Geomatics

Location: School of Science and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Salary Range: £33,574 - £37,768
Reference Number: 012194
Position Type: Full Time

Closing date: Sunday 6 March 2016.

Job Purpose

To undertake high-quality, innovative teaching in Geomatics and administration as assigned by the Head of School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide specialist teaching in Geomatics, including MSc courses in Land Surveying and practical work in Geomatics and GIS at undergraduate and MSc level.
2. Support administration of Geomatics MSc programmes, including: preparing and developing laboratory and on-line teaching materials; preparing assessments; organising class registration; arranging field classes and laboratory groups; briefing demonstrators; marking student work; providing feedback to students; dealing with student enquiries; monitoring attendance and performance.
3. Lead residential land survey field classes
4. Liaise with School support staff concerning student records and administration.
5. Supervise and support individual MSc projects.
6. Participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students.
7. Contribute to the ongoing development and design of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research–led approach to student learning.
8. Enhance the student learning experience.
9. Liaise with industry and professional bodies in relation to Geomatics MSc programmes.
10. Participate in recruitment activities, especially in relation to Geomatics MSc programmes.
11. Engage in knowledge exchange and CPD activities as appropriate.
12. Engage in professional development as appropriate.
13. Undertake School administration as assigned by the Head of School.
14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the Head of School.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential

A1 Degree in Geomatics, Land Surveying, or equivalent.
A2 Up to date knowledge of the subject area.

Desirable

B1 Postgraduate qualification in Geomatics, GIS, or cognate discipline.
B2 Membership of appropriate professional body (e.g., RICS, CICES).

Please visit the website for further information, and to apply for this post.

Please use the Jobs at Glasgow search page to access the post's webpage. Enter 012194 in the reference field to open the Search Results page which provides the direct link to this page.

Date February 24, 2016

Link-VGI (AGILE Workshop 2016): Call for Papers

EU

Link-VGI (AGILE Workshop 2016): Call for Papers

Pre Conference Workshop (14 June 2016) at 19th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2016, Helsinki, Finland.

Workshop overview: LINKing and analyzing Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) across different platforms

The number of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media platforms is continuously growing, providing massive datasets of georeferenced content that is either actively contributed (e.g. adding data to OSM, Mapillary, or Flickr) or collected through more passive modes (e.g. enabling geolocation in Twitter feeds). Whereas contribution
behavior for individual crowdsourcing applications has already been extensively analyzed in the literature, it is less understood if and how users participate in several crowd sourcing activities. Hence several research questions relevant to a better understanding of community involvement in data contributions have evolved. These include for example, whether activity spaces in different sources are spatially co-located or spatially distinct for individual contributors, or whether contributor communities evolve across platforms. As an example, users started to cross-link data from different platforms, e.g. by mapping OSM point of interests (POIs) and street features (e.g. street lamps, sidewalk information) based on Mapillary photographs, or by tagging Flickr pictures with OSM tags.

This workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions. One portion in the workshop is dedicated to a hands-on session. In this session, basics of spatial data access through selected APIs and the extraction of summary statistics of the results will be illustrated.

Topics

The workshop shall focus, but is not limited to, the following topics and areas of research:

  • user contribution patterns and data sharing across multiple VGI and social media platforms;
  • accessing and visualization of VGI data from various platforms;
  • understand differences in spatial/temporal coverage of contributions to different platforms;
  • understanding how data are linked across different VGI/social media platforms;
  • what types of communities are evolving and emerging from VGI/social media platforms;
  • investigating how cross-linked data are used in real-world applications;
  • describing the effects of the growing number of VGI and social media on data quality and user behavior;
  • assess the quality of cross-linked VGI; and
  • identifying current research questions and an emerging research agenda.

Details of Paper Submission

Submissions are welcome in the AGILE 2016 Conference short paper format for which templates are available from the conference website.

Important Dates

Call for short papers opens: 22 January 2016.  
Call for short papers ends. Review process begins: Monday, 25 April 2016.
Review process ends - Program committee decides on selected papers - authors notified: Monday, 9 May 2016.
Camera ready copies due: Monday, 23 May 2016.
Abstracts of selected papers available on the Link-VGI Website: Monday, 30 May 2016.
Link-VGI Workshop: Tuesday, 14 June 14 2016.

How to Submit

Submissions should be emailed as a PDF document to agile at uni-heidelberg.de

Registration

Register for this workshop through the AGILE conference website.

Date February 24, 2016
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