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The Esri UK Open Data Portal


The Esri UK Open Data Portal

The portal offers data under different themes and industries including the following:

* Boundaries
* Environment
* Retail
* Health (Coming soon)
* Local Transport
* Public Safety
* Airports
* Water Networks

There are currently 44 open datasets available to download and use.

Date February 12, 2015

The Paper Map Revolution at the OS

The Paper Map Revolution at the OS

In 2014, the Ordnance Survey (OS) started to reverse the trend in the decline of paper map sales with figures for the financial year (2014-15) showing an even more impressive 7% increase.

More on this story can be read on the OS website.

Date February 12, 2015

Research Assistant (Historical and Cultural Landscapes) at the University of Newcastle


Research Assistant (Historical and Cultural Landscapes) at the University of Newcastle

Faculty/Services: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: School of History, Classics & Archaeology
Hours of Work: Full time
Salary: £26,274 to £27,864 (without PhD)
£28,695 to £29,552 (with PhD)

Closing Date: Monday, 16 February 2015

The McCord Centre is a new university research centre at Newcastle University that brings together staff working in the field of historic and cultural landscapes. The Centre wishes to appoint a Research Associate / Assistant who will work with the Centre’s Director and other staff to contribute to on-going research, and to prepare research proposals and tenders for projects in the field of historic and cultural landscapes, with a focus on the UK and Europe. You will monitor and respond to calls for grants and tenders from domestic and international sources. You will also represent the Centre at conferences and networking events.

The successful candidate will have detailed knowledge of landscape history and archaeology, together with substantial knowledge and experience of GIS applications, including ArcGIS. You will have practical knowledge of geospatial data management and application that includes work with relevant survey data (e.g. measured survey, airborne lidar, terrestrial laser scanning). A first degree in archaeology or a related subject, and a PhD in a relevant field is advantageous. Knowledge of the planning context for historic and cultural landscapes derived from practical work experience in the historic environment sector is desirable.


Essential Skills

  • detailed knowledge of landscape history and archaeology
  • substantial knowledge and experience of GIS applications, including ArcGIS
  • practical knowledge of geospatial data management and application
  • substantial experience and knowledge of field survey (e.g. measured survey, airborne lidar, terrestrial laser scanning)
  • a first degree in archaeology or a related subject

Desirable Skills

  • knowledge of the planning context for historic and cultural landscapes derived from practical work experience in the historic environment sector
  • a PhD submitted in a field relating to historic landscapes

Other Essential Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a small team
  • Ability to keep to tight deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to work to an existing research design
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own workload
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills, including verbal and written presentation skills
  • Ability to identify and liaise with potential and actual project partners/funders
  • Proven ability to develop successful research plans and proposals
  • Excellent IT skills, including extensive professional experience using ArcGIS

Essential Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)

  • Experience of research and fieldwork in the historic environment
  • Experience of working in a research-focussed environment
  • Track-record of outputs in peer-reviewed publications

Desirable Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)

  • Expertise in participatory and co-productive research
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body, e.g. IFA

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 18 months.

Date February 12, 2015

2015 Esri Young Scholars Competition: UK and Ireland

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2015 Esri Young Scholars Competition: UK and Ireland

Is your research involving GIS in anyway? If you are this Esri Young Scholars Competition may be of interest.

Would you like to attend an international GI conference?  Would you like to network with GI professionals from all over the world?  Are you a student or researcher at a UK or Irish university using Esri technology?  If so, you may like to enter the Esri Young Scholars competition.  The 2015 Esri Young Scholars Award celebrates excellence in geospatial study, and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate researchers at UK or Irish Universities.

The winning student will:

  • Receive a conference pass for the Esri International user conference and the Esri Education GIS conference, flights, accommodation and a daily allowance.
  • Meet with Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond;
  • Showcase their talents on the international stage to more than 30,000 spatial professionals;
  • Network with other Young Scholars from around the globe; and,
  • Hear from many of the world’s leading geo-enabled enterprises.

Your entry should show excellence in scholarship, doing a special project or carrying out interesting research, associated with using any Esri technology.  Please submit a summary of your work in the form of an appealing poster with maps that express or visualise your project.  Your entry should include your name, contact details and institution details.

Papers should be submitted electronically to highered at esriuk.com

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on the 19th April 2015.

Date February 12, 2015

PhD Grants available for fieldwork – £500 – £6,000 from RGS-IBG


PhD Grants available for fieldwork – £500 – £6,000 from RGS-IBG

The RGS-IBG have a number of grants aimed at PhD students. These grants are available for fieldwork and travel.

There are three different grants available – grants range from £500 to £6,000.

Closing date: 22nd February 2014

Date February 12, 2015

Remote Sensing Scientist post at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya

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Remote Sensing Scientist post at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya

Deadline: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 

(Deadline can be modified. Before applying, please check this information with the job advertisement source)


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist-Remote Sensing to contribute to a growing research agenda around remote sensing and ecological modelling for rangeland management applications. The successful candidate will make important contributions to broader, interdisciplinary research for developing sustainable strategies, tools and policies to increase the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods to hazards like adverse weather conditions and climate change, market fluctuations and insecurity. The position will be  within a team that is  known for developing and implementing index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) as a risk-management tool for pastoralists, but is currently broadening its agenda to leverage the use of remotely sensed data to a greater range of innovative applications in support of rangeland management and productivity.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. 


  • Undertake research to assess and improve the remotely-sensed forage scarcity indices used for the Index-Based Livestock Insurance program.
  • Provide remote-sensing support to the IBLI program through contributions to contract design and index updates, and (geographical) data analysis.
  • Lead analysis aiming to analyze and ground-truth remotely-sensed data with the aim of increasing the precision and value of applications using satellite-based measures of forage availability and quality as key inputs.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and applied research program investigating the link between climate change, rangeland productivity and livelihood impact.
  • Undertake research seeking to apply remote sensing tools and data to the development of useful innovations targeted at rangeland monitoring and management.
  • Support the capacity building of non-technical partners to improve their understanding of remote sensing and index design (e.g. manuals, e-learning activities).
  • Work with pastoralists, their representatives and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.
  • Support and lead the writing of journal articles and proposals on the above topics.
  • Supervise PhD and MSc students on the above topics.


  • A PhD in spatial ecology, geography, or similar field obtained through a thesis with a strong focus on remote sensing methods applied to rangeland ecology.
  • 2-4 years postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience applying remote sensing methods to interdisciplinary research spanning social and biophysical sciences.
  • A sound knowledge of rangeland ecological research in pastoral/agropastoral systems in developing countries, with a minimum of two years of experience in performing ecological research in this field.
  • Strong statistical skills, including designing field data collection protocols and analyzing data that vary over space and time.
  • Programming skills (e.g. IDL, R) and proven ability to be able to process large data amounts such as satellite image time series.
  • Good peer-reviewed publication record.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and experience working in developing countries.

Post location: Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position is Scientist/Research Level 1, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. The position title and reference number REF: SRS/LSE/ 02/15 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on the ILRI recruitment portal.

Date February 11, 2015
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Esri Australia Young Scholars Award 2015


Esri Australia Young Scholars Award 2015

Are you a uni student currently studying geospatial science? If so, your GIS project could take you all the way to San Diego, to showcase your work in front of 16,000 GIS professionals.

The Esri Young Scholars Award gives one outstanding student the opportunity to rub shoulders with the sharpest GIS minds at the 2015 Esri International User Conference.

In addition to receiving an all-access-pass to the world’s biggest spatial event, your work will be displayed alongside other international Young Scholar winners. You will also have the chance to meet Jack Dangermond – Esri founder and president.

Entry requirements

Your entry must include:

  • Your Young Scholars project (software development/application or report)
  • A written response (500 words) outlining the purpose of your entry, the overview of its value, and why you should be the Australian Esri Young Scholar
  • An image that illustrates your project or report (e.g. map). Your image must be 300dpi, and a pdf or png file
  • Proof you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at an Australian university (i.e. a letter from your lecturer/tutor and a photocopy of your university ID)
  • Your signed entry form

Date February 11, 2015

FME Webinar: Geospatial and Minecraft - Why You Should Care

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FME Webinar: Geospatial and Minecraft - Why You Should Care

Join Safe Software, the creators of FME, as they look at actual examples of using Minecraft for real-world scenarios: from rapid design prototyping, to increasing citizen and youth engagement, to helping urban planners create the perfect city block.  The webinar will include information on how to integrate GIS, CAD, and BIM data sources with Minecraft in an automated way.

Webinar times:

  • 4:00-5:00pm GMT
  • 8:00-9:00am PDT
  • 11:00am-12:00pm EDT

Date February 10, 2015

International QGIS User and Developer Conference

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International QGIS User and Developer Conference

QGIS has an active user community which usually meets twice a year. The first QGIS community meeting in 2015 will be in Nødebo - Denmark on 18-19 May and for the first time it will be combined with a User Conference. The conference will consist of one day of presentations and one day of workshops. Interested parties are invited to submit their applications to present use cases, demonstrate plugins and present tutorials, describe how they have used QGIS to make the world a better place, present posters and submit blog articles to be show cased at the conference.

There will be two tracks - both for the presentations and the workshops: one for new and existing developers and one for educators/users. The presentations will range from 25 - 50 minutes.  Workshops from 90 minutes to full day. In parallel sessions. Please note that speaking slots are limited and will be allocated on merit.

Suggestions for a talk and/or workshop should be sent to Lene Fischer, lfi at ign.ku.dk by 10 March 2015.

Important dates

  • Call for presentations and workshops closing: 10 March 2015
  • User conference: 18, 19 May 2015
  • Developer conference: 20, 21, 22 May 2015

Date February 10, 2015
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Esri launches new site to find Open Data

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Esri launches new site to find Open Data

Explore 23,027 open datasets from 1,483 organisations worldwide.

Esri today announced the launch of a new site aimed to help users discover organisations sharing open data around the world and provide direct access to thousands of open government datasets. Users can search, download, filter and visualise this data through their web browser or mobile device.

Date February 9, 2015
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