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Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS

UK GIS Learning Resource Cost

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS This is a 1.5 day course introducing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using ESRI's ArcGIS version 10 software. It builds on basic knowledge of data manipulation, mapping and analysis, introducing the Spatial Analyst extension. The emphasis of this course is working with raster data in the context of a variety of environmental applications by exploring surface geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS. Common raster data sources will be used including Ordnance Survey terrain data and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology land cover maps (via Digimap). The course will cover the basics of grid-based modelling (local, focal, zonal and global functions) and develop a wider understanding of the capabilities of ArcGIS and raster analysis in the context of terrain and hydrological modelling. The course will mix teaching with demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

When: 19th-20th May 2014
Where: Leeds, UK
Cost: £45 for UK postgraduate students, £90 for RCUK funded researchers/ staff at UK universities.

Date April 24, 2014

OSGIS submission deadline extended

Open Source GIS RS UK

OSGIS submission deadline extended Because of many requests for extension because initial deadline clashing with Easter holidays , the conference have decided to extend the submission deadline by one week (2nd May 2014)

This conference series is based in the UK open source GIS community but has an international reach and holistic outlook bringing together speakers and delegates from government, academia, industry, software development, open source communities, geospatial research, and elsewhere. High profile speakers from around the globe will give presentations and hands-on workshops at the conference.

Date April 24, 2014

QGIS tutorial - Make a basic map

Free Open Source Learning Resource GIS

Mango have release a couple of basic tutorials on QGIS which should help newbie users get started with the software. The tutorials are:


  • The Interface - just the basics showing you where the buttons are, what each panel does and so on.
    After completing this section, you will be able to correctly identify the main elements of the screen in QGIS and know what each of them does, and load a shapefile into QGIS.
  • Make a basic map - exactly what it says on the tin. Everything we need to know in order create and style a basic map.
    After completing this module, you will be able to correctly load vector layers and apply styles to them and also be able to apply advanced styling techniques to your map layers.

Date April 24, 2014

Postgres Engineer - Ordnance Survey

UK Programming GIS

Postgres Engineer - Ordnance Survey The Ordnance Survey are now looking for a Postgres engineer to help build the next generation of database technology. In this role you will use your in-depth, hands-on experience of database technologies to work in new projects which enhance the database infrastructure for a variety of bespoke and specialist systems. This will include coaching and supporting software development teams so they understand how to implement these technologies. You will deliver business value through the development and support of databases using open source technologies such as PostGis and PostGres utilising appropriate Agile practises. You may also be engineering Postgres to deliver some form of high availability / clustering solution.

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


  • As a PostGres and DBA Engineer using proprietary and open source technologies
  • Changing and improving
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at Pace


Salary: £33,139.00 - 39,509.00
Closing Date: 2 May 2014

Date April 23, 2014

Geospatial Software Developer - HIstorical GIS

GIS Programming UK

Geospatial Software Developer - HIstorical GIS The Great Britain Historical GIS team based at the University of Portsmouth has an immediate need for a geo-spatial developer familiar with Java development in a Unix/Linux environment, and with open source geospatial software. We are working to supplement and eventually replace our very popular web site, A Vision of Britain through Time, with a new system, PastPlace, designed to better support modern web standards including semantic web technologies, and to work well on mobile devices. Proof-of-concept versions of the PastPlace API and App already exist.

The post-holder will need to be able to work autonomously, developing new code and integrating existing components so as to meet our overall goals and comply with relevant standards. They will not in general be working to detailed programme specifications, but will need to work closely with the rest of the team and especially with the project leader so that the software correctly interfaces with our evolving data structures. They will also need to work with a contractor responsible for web design and with an international network of research collaborators. The post-holder will be responsible for all aspects of software development, including stress and performance testing.

Although the post is within the Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, there may be substantial opportunities for working from home. On these occasions, the post holder will be expected to be contactable by telephone and email during working hours and be prepared to attend regular team meetings in Portsmouth. We hope to include the post-holder in presentations of our work at international meetings.

Applicants should have a postgraduate qualification in Geographical Information Systems/Science, or relevant experience, knowledge of standard GIS and database software. The post is available from July 2014.

For further information about this post, please email Dr Humphrey Southall, humphrey.southall@port.ac.uk

Duration: Fixed term for 12 months
Employment basis: 22.2 hours per week
Salary: £16,879 - £18,986
Job Code: 10011596
Closing date: 11 May 2014

Date April 23, 2014

Ethnograms micro-residency

GIS UK

Ethnograms micro-residency We welcome applications from artists, designers and programmers to participate in the Ethnograms Micro-Residency; an opportunity to work with a team of anthropologists at the University of Edinburgh to develop new ways of visualising social relationships with diagrams, info-graphics and maps.

The micro-residency will culminate in a pop-up exhibition of ‘Ethnograms’ and will feed into a larger scale public exhibition of project outputs in early 2015. Following the residency the University of Edinburgh team are looking to select an artist to collaborate with more closely and to award a £5,000 commission.

When: 21st-23rd May 2014
Where: Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Application Deadline: Tuesday 6th May 2014

Date April 22, 2014

Remote Sensing Data Collector - OS

RS UK

Remote Sensing Data Collector - OS The Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit 6 Remote Sensing Data Collectors to join their data team. If you have a keen interest in geographic information/remote sensing, a collaborative approach, great attention to detail and a flair for recording management information, consider a move to Ordnance Survey.

A role that’s all about helping us to update our base data via photogrammetric surveying, you’ll get involved in a variety of duties from day one. These can include the planning and acquisition of aerial digital imagery, through to creating and maintaining geospatial information for our core datasets. Your main focus will be on using sophisticated photogrammetric hardware and software to visually inspect and interpret aerial imagery and the use of advanced geographical information systems to extract and collect vector and data - information that will then provide the raw material from which our definitive digital data archive of Great Britain is created. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas of Remote Sensing, with your initial placement being in the geospatial vector team. You’ll then move on to, amongst others, the creation of ortho-imagery for the OS Mastermap Imagery Layer and height information for such products as OS Terrain 5.

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


  • Good attention to detail, able to provide accurate, efficient and honest quality checking of own work.
  • Good communication skills
  • Good track record of planning, scheduling and monitoring personal production/delivery to effectively contribute to individual and team targets.
  • Good skills in recording management information
  • Good knowledge and skills in MS Office


Salary: £22,216.00 - £26,487.00
Closing date: 30 April 2014

Date April 22, 2014

Cartographica 49 1 Spring 2014 is now available online

Learning Resource GIS

Cartographica 49 1 Spring 2014 is now available online The latest issue of Cartographica (Volume 49, Issue 1) is now available online. This edition contains the following articles:

* Passing the Torch by Nigel Waters
* Disordered Ordering: Mapping the Divisions of the Ottoman Empire by
Karen Culcasi
* Going Viral: The Look of Online Persuasive Maps - Ian Muehlenhaus
* Understanding William Petty's Atlas of Ireland by Ivan Robinson
* A Comprehensive Multi-criteria Model for High Cartographic Quality Point-Feature Label Placement by Maxim A. Rylov, Andreas W. Reimer

Cartographica is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal which publishes transformative research, education, and practice contributions to the social, political, technological, and historical aspects of cartography. Editors-in-Chief – Monica Wachowicz (University of New Brunswick) and Emmanuel Stefanakis (University of New Brunswick)

Date April 21, 2014

Landsat 7 marks 15 Years of observing Earth

RS Free

Landsat 7 marks 15 Years of observing Earth Launched on April 15, 1999, the Landsat 7 satellite has now been observing Earth from outer space for 15 years. The Landsat program is a decades-long NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnership that has provided a continuous, unbiased record of change across the earth land surface since 1972.

Landsat 7 provides a worldwide audience with objective views, both current and historical, of events and trends across the global landscape. Landsat data can be used to detect and monitor urban growth, forestry practices, the extent of floods, wildfire burn acreage, major natural or human-caused disasters, and many other important changes in land-surface conditions.

Combined with Landsat 8, Landsat 7 ensures the collection of images across the entire world every eight days (clouds permitting) and enables the collection of critical global imagery sets on a seasonal basis. Working in tandem, Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 together collect nearly 1000 images daily, almost double the amount of data collected when Landsat 5 and 7 were operating together. This increased data collection benefits all Landsat applications, especially in persistently cloudy areas (e.g. humid tropics and high latitudes) where multiple imaging attempts are essential.

Landsat images from space are not just pictures. They contain many layers of data collected at different points along the visible and invisible light spectrum. Consequently, Landsat images can show where vegetation is thriving and where it is stressed, where droughts are occurring, and where wildland fire is a danger.

Landsat satellites give us a view as broad as 12,000 square miles per scene while describing land cover in units the size of a baseball diamond. From a distance of more than 400 miles above the earth surface, a single Landsat scene can record the condition of hundreds of thousands of acres of grassland, agricultural crops, or forests.

Landsat data have been used to monitor water quality, glacier recession, sea ice movement, invasive species encroachment, coral reef health, land use change, deforestation rates, and population growth.

Free data for innovation

The Department of the Interior and USGS policy of unrestricted access and free distribution of Landsat data encourages researchers everywhere to develop practical applications of the data. Ready access to Landsat images provides a reliable common record of Earth conditions that advances the mutual understanding of environmental challenges worldwide by citizens, researchers, and decision makers.

Date April 17, 2014
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Small Area Geodemographics: An Introduction to building a classification using census data

GIS Learning Resource Cost

Small Area Geodemographics: An Introduction to building a classification using census data This one day course, delivered through presentations and hands-on computer practical sessions, has the threefold aims of providing an introduction to

(i) accessing 2011 Census data using the Census Support services of the UK Data Service,
(ii) building a small area geodemographic system based on census data, and
(iii) using a geographic information system to visualise the classification spatially.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

(i) access data using the InFuse software, an online query tool that enables users to select 2011 Census aggregate data for different geographical areas in England and Wales;
(ii) pre-process the data through standardisation and testing for multi-collinearity;
(iii) construct a geodemographic classification using K-means and interpret the results; and
(iv) download boundary data and map the area clusters using MapInfo Professional.

Where:School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
When:June 6, 2014
Cost: £30 for UK postgraduate students, £60 for RCUK funded researchers/ staff at UK universities.

Date April 16, 2014
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