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4 reasons to get into QGIS

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4 reasons to get into QGIS QGIS is an amazing piece of software and its functionality just keeps increasing. There are many reasons why it might be worth taking a look at but Under the Raedar has provided 4 that he feels are quite compelling.

Alasdair has provided some graphical outputs from his work which were produced in QGIS and are quite stunning. More importantly, the graphics are intuitive and allow users to understand the data. Anyway, to find out what made Alasdair's top 4, please click the link below to read his blog.

Date August 27, 2014

Mapping it Out: Contemporary Cartographies

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Mapping it Out: Contemporary Cartographies Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and art critic, discusses his new Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies: a book of explorations of mapping by contributors including Yoko Ono, Mona Hatoum, Tim Berners-Lee, Gilbert and George, and Damien Hirst; while British Library Maps curator Tom Harper and map specialist Tim Bryars also introduce A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps.

When:Monday 10 November
Where: British Library, Conference Centre
Cost: £8 / £6 / £5

Date August 26, 2014

QGIS user group meeting - Scotland

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QGIS user group meeting - Scotland The next #QGIS user group in Scotland is happening on 21st October 2014. The event will be held at the University of Edinburgh's Informatics forum. At the moment we are looking for suggestion for workshops and presentations. If you have any ideas, or even better, if you want to give a presentation or a workshop please drop an email to Mcdonaldr@angus.gov.uk or twitter @mixedbredie would work too

More information on the event will follow.

Date August 26, 2014

GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists

GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists The Ecology Consultancy is offering this one-day course in London. It will cover various aspects of producing an ecology survey map; from the examination of industry standards to the analysis of client and project requirements, from the acquisition of ecological survey data to the creation of maps using ESRI software.

Drawing on our extensive experience of providing GIS services, most notably habitat maps for professional ecologists, we will share our knowledge of GIS and cartographic data models to demonstrate how maps can comprehensively summarise and effectively communicate ecological survey results. Having an understanding of the habitat mapping requirements for ecological reports is the first stage in successful map production. Following the analytical steps and the qualitative considerations to produce a habitat survey map (e.g. Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species assessments), we will share our expertise of interpreting the survey results, producing adequate map layouts, with suitable symbology and output formats. Using standard habitat classification (JNCC) as a reference, we will discuss various ways to create a map, together with recommendations, quality procedures and work instructions, suggestions and future work, improvements, and integration with ecology workflows.

Who should attend?

Professional ecologists and graduate ecologists

What you will learn?

• Understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS) in the context of ecological surveys
• Learn about the traditional GIS data models
• Understanding of mapping practices and methodologies.

Why choose this course?

• Learn from working professionals
• Understand how Ecology and GIS are used in the commercial sector
• Certificate of attendance

What does it cost?

Early bird £150
Professionals £175

Date and Time:
Thursday, 20 November 2014, 09:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

The Ecology Consultancy
Devon House
58-60 St. Katherine's Way

Places will be limited, so please book a place now on the Ecology Consultancy's website.

Date August 26, 2014

Galileo GPS satellites in wrong orbit

Galileo GPS satellites in wrong orbit After the separation of the two Galileo satellites, launched 22 August 2014, ongoing analysis of the data provided by the telemetry stations operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES showed that the satellites were not in the expected orbit.

According to the initial analyses, an anomaly is thought to have occurred during the flight phase involving the Fregat upper stage, causing the satellites to be injected into a noncompliant orbit.

Please check the GPS World's magazine article for more details.

Date August 26, 2014

UCL Future Cities Research Assistants X 3

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UCL Future Cities Research Assistants X 3 CASA is collaborating with the Future Cities Catapult to further develop data simulation models and a visualisation platform, on which to create immersive analytical decision-making tools for cities. Applications are invited for these exciting new research positions working on a virtual London 3-dimensional geometric model.

3D Visualisation
Two positions are available at either Research Assistant or Research Associate level, depending on qualifications and experience, starting 1st October 2014. The posts are funded for two years initially.
The purpose of these roles is to create an explorable 3D map of London's urban area which visualises outputs from the land use transport model, as well as relationships between city systems and environmental factors such as pollution, flooding, open space, diversity of land use, and related geodemographic factors.

Research Assistant / Associate (3D Visualisation) x 2 - Ref:1430910 /

This post is available at either Research Assistant or Research Associate level, depending on qualifications and experience, starting 1st October 2014. The post is funded for two years initially.
The purpose of this role is to create and extend a collaborative web application to help city planners and designers use data, models and visualisation tools to improve decision making. As a Research Associate you will work closely with the department and external partners to further the development of the web application and bridge the gap between academic research and professional practice.

Research Assistant / Associate (Modeling) - Ref:1431983

Closing Date: 5th September 2014 (all posts)

Date August 26, 2014

Ocean plastic map launched

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Ocean plastic map launched Not a map of the oceans made out of plastic, but sadly a map that reveals the extent of plastic that is floating around the World's ocean. The map has been created by Andres Cozar Cabanas and his team at the University de Cadiz and is published in this months Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Plastic production has quadrupled since the 1980s and a significant amount is now in the oceans damaging ecosystems and being ingested by fish and aquatic mammals. Concentrations are highest in subtropical gyres. I could go on and explain more of the teams findings and their possible solutions but it is much easier to read the excellent article on the National Geographic site, or the acttual research paper which is linked earlier in the post.

image taken from National Geographic

Date August 22, 2014

IJHG August 2014 edition available online

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IJHG August 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 19 July to 20 August 2014.


Spatial epidemiology of dry eye disease: findings from South Korea. Um SB, Kim NH, Lee HK, Song JS and Kim HC.

Mercury in fish and adverse reproductive outcomes: results from South Carolina. Burch JB, Wagner Robb S, Puett R, Cai B, Wilkerson R, Karmaus W, Vena J and Svendsen E.

Spatial-explicit modeling of social vulnerability to malaria in East Africa. Kienberger S and Hagenlocher M.

How do changes to the built environment influence walking behaviors? a longitudinal study within a university campus in Hong Kong. Sun G, Oreskovic NM and Lin H.

Date August 22, 2014

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Geography

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Geography The Geography group at Victoria University of Wellington are looking to recruit a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Geography. This opportunity could easily include elements of GIS or Remote Sensing.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Geography will join staff in programmes administered by the Geography group. These comprise Human Geography, Physical Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Science.

You will be expected to teach in core papers of the undergraduate majors in Environmental Studies and Geography, teach postgraduate papers in Environmental Studies, supervise postgraduate students and pursue a dynamic programme of research within the core Environmental Studies programme, including Indigeneity or Mâtauranga Mâori. In addition, you will undertake tasks that help to further the School's commitment to Mâori as tangata whenua and Treaty partners as required by the Head of School.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in environmental studies, environmental geography or a closely related discipline. The successful candidate will have, or have demonstrated the potential for, an internationally recognised research publication record and a record of high quality teaching and supervision. This position is also open to more junior applicants who have already begun to establish a strong research record.

Closing date: 31st August 2014

Date August 22, 2014

Apple and Google join forces

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Apple and Google join forces Tech giants Apple and Google have come together to crush a patent troll which was trying to sue both companies for their inclusion of Google Maps Streetview feature in iPads and iPhones.

This is a rare occurrence and is good news for several reasons. Firstly, iOS users will be able to continue to use the Streetview function in GoogleMaps. It also shows that these two companies can work together for the greater good of the tech community. But another positive aspect is that the ruling suggests that patents appeal process is actually working. The appeal board looks to be sorting through patents that perhaps should never have been granted.

Thanks to Ken Field for the heads up and the link to the GIGAOM article.

Date August 21, 2014
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