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GIS and Mapping Specialist


GIS and Mapping Specialist The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are looking to appoint a GIS and Mapping Specialist within the BAS Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) to deliver a GIS/mapping Helpdesk service. This well-established service provides expert GIS support to BAS staff, delivering bespoke maps and other GIS products on a fast turn-round basis.

The job requires solid expertise and demonstrable experience with ArcGIS, with an emphasis on producing map-based outputs.
Outputs from this role will support a wide range of activities across the width of BAS polar operations and science programmes. Liaising with BAS staff to define tasks, the ability to negotiate and work to deadlines and to track and report on progress are key aspects of the role.

Secondary activities are contributing to design and compilation of published regional-scale topographic maps and managing sales of BAS maps through our distributors.

Qualifications: Degree-level in Geography/GIS or a related subject with a large GIS component and post-graduate experience working with ArcGIS.
Duration: Open - Ended Appointment.
Salary: £19,937 to £23,640 per annum.
Closing Date: 16th February 2014

Date January 27, 2014

Advances in Geographic Data Science: Open Data and Systems

Programming GIS Research UK

Advances in Geographic Data Science: Open Data and Systems This weeks EEO/AGI(S) seminar will be on Advances in Geographic Data Science: Open Data and Systems. The talk will be given by Dr. Alex Singleton of the University of Liverpool. This should be a good talk, Alex is well-known for his use of big data and for the tools that he uses to analyse and publish the results.

This week’s seminar will take place on Friday (31st Jan) at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

Date January 27, 2014

NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training

Research GIS RS

NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training The IAPETUS NERC Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between the universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling, and The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Society.

IAPETUS has between 12 and 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies at one of IAPETUS’ partner institutions (listed above) in October 2014.

IAPETUS currently has over 75 doctoral research projects that applicants can apply to study across all the partner institutions. Some of the topics have scope for GIS and Remote Sensing in them.

Newcastle University is offering 20 PhD projects supervised by mixed teams of world-leading researchers, with members of staff from across our partner organisations involved in each. Information about these projects can be found on the IAPETUS NERC DTC website.

Closing Date: 10th February 2014

Date January 27, 2014

EngD - Analysis and Visualisation in GIS for large infrastructure

Research GIS UK

EngD - Analysis and Visualisation in GIS for large infrastructure This project will examine future opportunities for improving the sustainability of large infrastructure construction projects in relation to carbon emissions and impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services, soils and water quality and the wider environment. This objective will be achieved through better collection, analysis and visualisation of the data that represents the whole-life of a project. You will be required to develop new tools and techniques to integrate data from a range of sources. This will include imagery and other spatial data over wide areas; and more detailed data collected on-site using for example, laser scanning and mobile technologies for analysis and visual display within GIS. The challenge of this influential research project will be to develop workflows for the use of these technologies in the visualization and management of sustainability for large infrastructure projects.

You will be working with UK construction leader Costain, whose catalogue of awards recognises them as best innovators of technologies for construction. By applying your research within their most influential projects, you will be developing a prototype solution for the visualisation of data in order to reduce environmental impacts of large scale infrastructure projects.

The main objectives of this research include the development of:

a prototype solution for visualization of data on one or more infrastructure projects an approach for planning the operation of infrastructure assets that use less energy with reduced impacts on the wider environment intuitive interfaces to infrastructure asset information and its visual display on the University of Reading’s 3-D immersive displays.

Stipend £20,000 p.a (typically tax-free)
Closing Date: Monday 24 February 2014

Date January 27, 2014

Wegener 2014: Measuring and Modelling our Dynamic Planet


Wegener 2014: Measuring and Modelling our Dynamic Planet The 18th General Assembly of WEGENER on earth deformation and the study of earthquakes using geodesy and geodynamics will be held at the University of Leeds, UK between the 1st and the 4th September 2014.

The theme of the meeting is Measuring and Modelling our Dynamic Planet, and there will be plenary scientific sessions on:

  • Continental Faulting and the Earthquake Cycle
  • Subduction Zones
  • Volcanic/Magmatic Processes and Rift Zones
  • Technical developments in Geodetic Observing Systems
  • Glacial Isostatic Adjustment and Sea Level Rise
  • Geodynamics and Potential Fields
  • Surface Processes

Key Dates:

  • 1 March 2014: Registration open
  • 16 May 2014: Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2014: Abstract Deadline

Date January 27, 2014

OS Surveyor Region Managers


OS Surveyor Region Managers The Ordnance Survey are looking for two Region Managers to play major roles in helping us continue to build upon our proud heritage as a World Class supplier of geographic information.

As well as leading a geographically dispersed team who are out in the field collecting data, you’ll work with our wider management team to help create and maintain a strong, upbeat and vibrant way of working. You’ll network with the geographic information professional community too, including key stakeholders in government. Very much a deadline driven role, it will provide plenty of opportunity to positively manage change, including continuously improving our processes and helping others fulfil their potential. Indeed, growing your team by inspiring them to achieve outstanding results will be vital, plus you’ll get to use your natural leadership and problem solving ability to ensure delivery against targets.

You will have a passion for succeeding through people, delivering results through effective leadership and management. What’s more, you have what it takes to ensure greater customer responsiveness and promote, manage and drive change. Running your business area within agreed resource and to financial targets also comes naturally to you, while excellent influencing, persuading and relationship building skills are also key. Any knowledge or experience of the Surveying/Geographic Information industry would be useful, but is not essential, as is a commitment to professional and personal development including membership of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Successful candidates will be given all the help and support they need to develop.

Summary of essential criteria:

  • Effective application of people management principles and practices
  • Good track record in delivering improvements, implementing change and solving problems
  • Good skills in ensuring delivery against targets

Salary: £35 000
Location: Cambridge and South Scotland (2 posts in total)
Closing Date: 7th February

Date January 24, 2014

Publica Mundi

Open Source GIS EU

Publica Mundi An interesting name for what looks like an interesting project. Publica Mundi aims to provide reusable tools and technologies for comprehensive, sophisticated and scalable publishing of open geospatial data, with emphasis on streamlining and maximizing their reuse in value added services and applications.

The project is part of an European FP7 initiative under the Initiative on analytics strand and will run for 24 months. The project team are split between 4 organisations IMIS Athens, RASDAMAN, GET and GeoLabs.

You can read more about the specific goals of the Pulica Mundi project on the website linked below. We will keep an eye out for further news, but you might also want to contribute to the survey that they are running around What do you think about open geospatial data?. There are three surveys available for you to complete, depending on your role:

  • Users of open data (you are using open data or you are interested in open knowledge)
  • Publishers of open data (you are publishing open data or operate an open data catalogue)
  • Developers (you develop applications – with or without open data)

Date January 24, 2014

Extend your maps with Mapbox.js plugins

Free GIS

Extend your maps with Mapbox.js plugins Using Mapbox just got easier. Plugins have been helping developers do clever things with online maps but Mapbox have just announced that they have made it even easier by creating a fast, hosted API for Mapbox.js plugins. Instead of downloading and copying plugin distributions, all you need to do is hotlink the source file.

Initially, eight plugins will be available through this hotlink service:

  • Leaflet Draw
  • Leaflet Fullscreen
  • Leaflet Markercluster
  • Leaflet Hash
  • Leaflet Image
  • Leaflet Label
  • Leaflet Locate
  • Leaflet OSM

For more information, please read the Mapbox blog linked below.

Date January 23, 2014

IJHG January 2014 edition available online

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IJHG January 2014 edition available online The following articles are now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics' (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free and include articles submitted to the Journal from 22 December 2013 to 21 January 2014.


Mapping for maternal and newborn health: the distributions of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births. Tatem AJ, Campbell J, Guerra-Arias M, de Bernis L, Moran A and Matthews Z.

Self-organizing maps as an approach to exploring spatiotemporal diffusion patterns. Augustijn E and Zurita-Milla R.


Urban sprawl, obesity, and cancer mortality in the United States: cross-sectional analysis and methodological challenges. Berrigan D, Tatalovich Z, Pickle LW, Ewing R and Ballard-Barbash R.

Mapping amyotrophic lateral sclerosis lake risk factors across northern New England. Torbick N, Hession S, Stommel E and Caller T.

An objective index of walkability for research and planning in the Sydney Metropolitan Region of New South Wales, Australia: an ecological study. Mayne DJ, Morgan GG, Willmore A, Rose N, Jalaludin B, Bambrick H and Bauman A.

Date January 22, 2014

Portable GIS V4

Free Windows Open Source GIS

Portable GIS V4 This is a heads up really, the really rather useful and excellent Portable GIS is being updated. Portable GIS does exactly what it says it does, it provides a GIS that you can carry about on a USB stick. I have used the older version and it really is useful. You can keep it on a key-fob and just plug it into a computer and you have all your favorite open-source tools at your fingertips.

A beta version is available at the moment, but the team are trying to get a version with PostGIS 2.1 and GDAL 1.10 soon.

Date January 21, 2014
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