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Post: Chief Geospatial Scientist - Ordnance Survey

Job UK GIS

Post: Chief Geospatial Scientist - Ordnance Survey This exciting role is fundamental to the success of Ordnance Survey. The opportunity is to own and lead the research strategy and vision for Ordnance Survey, investigating and developing foresight, technology and methods, in order to promote Ordnance Survey both as an industry and thought leader. You will be expected to seek and enable new operational, growth and innovation opportunities for the organisation and have a track record of achieving this in your career.

Ordnance Survey has a challenging research agenda that will enable us to diversify into new markets that will underpin growth in our business plan, influence the direction of UK Geospatial research and support UK government in key policy areas. Through being recognised as thought leader at a national level in an aspect of geospatial research, you will have the credibility to take ownership of this agenda and formulate and direct the delivery of Ordnance Survey’s Research programmes and strategy.

You will relish the chance to build and maintain strategic relationships and networks, representing Ordnance Survey at national and global levels in geospatial research and technology foresight. You will stimulate engagement with academia and funding agencies and direct the award of external research contracts. You will be required to have a very good appreciation of the commercial value of Research.

You will act as Scientific Adviser in relevant key policy areas, for example environmental management, security, disaster response – supporting our responsibility as adviser to government by articulating the benefits and opportunities of geospatial developments in these mission critical-policy areas. You will offer us a particular geospatial research strength in a relevant discipline and will be expected to continue to develop this area of expertise.

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


  • in the understanding of Geospatial research disciplines and processes;
  • in stakeholder management, especially in relation to academic and government stakeholders;
  • in the development of strategy
  • as a thought-leader within geospatial research.

Competencies - level 4


  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Collaborating and partnering.
  • Achieving commercial outcomes


For more information about the competencies and what we are looking for, please click here.

Qualifications

  • Educated to PhD level or equivalent industry experience.


Alongside all the benefits you’d expect (e.g. flexi time and an excellent pension plan), we offer exciting projects, a fresh, innovative environment and the role-specific training you’ll need to really develop in your career.

To Apply
To apply, please upload your covering letter and CV demonstrating your suitability for the role. Your letter should include a heading for each of the competencies, under which you should provide relevant examples to demonstrate your track record against the essential criteria for the role.

Location: Southampton
Salary: £60,000, plus bonus and excellent benefits
Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent
Closing date: 30 September 2014

Date September 17, 2014

GPS-GIS Combined Practical Training at Ambios Ltd

GIS

GPS-GIS Combined Practical Training at Ambios Ltd This training course is for students, employees and volunteers of NGOs, government agencies and research/education organisations. This course intended for trainees who will wish to gain (or have) employment that involves biodiversity data collection, wildlife monitoring and mapping. Trainees will have gain some practical experience about GPS and GIS technology.

This 2-day course is designed for those who use (or want to use) GPS handheld units combined with GIS mapping software (the open source or FREE version). Mapping species can be used as a practical management tool as well as for interpretation and promoting public understanding of nature conservation.

This course is unique, offering you loan of the kit as well as insight into both technologies and how they link together. It offers an exciting package to Countryside Rangers/Conservation Officers/ Volunteers (prospective and existing) enabling you to use both a hand held GPS unit and open source (free) GIS software to map and record biodiversity data. You will also be able to directly use your new skills as a volunteer and/or in the workplace with immediate effect.

You will be lent a Garmin GPSMAP® Unit (worth over £200) prior to the course in order for you to practice the straightforward activities we will provide which are designed to encourage you to become familiar with the features of the GPS Unit. There will be an opportunity to purchase the unit at the end of the course. You will also receive a memory stick containing instructions on how to download the open source GIS as well as other relevant software.

Organisation: Ambios Ltd
Location: Exeter
Course type: Short Course
Date: 20 and 21 November 2014
Cost: £250 (less for students)
Contact name: Simon Roper
Contact telephone: 01363 773443
Contact email: info at ambios.net

Discount rate for full-time students.

Date September 16, 2014

Job Vacancy: RA in Spatial Intelligence at the University of Münster

Job

Job Vacancy: RA in Spatial Intelligence at the University of Münster The Spatial Intelligence Lab is inviting applications for a Research Associate in Spatial Intelligence (Doctoral Researcher or Postdoc Researcher, E 13 TV-L) in one of their research projects. SIL are seeking either a doctoral or post-doctoral researcher. The salary level is E 13 TV-L, which amounts to approximately 3450-4000€ gross (depending on experience).

This fixed-term post is available for a one-year period, but can be extended. Currently, the regular full employment time is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. Teaching load is 4 hours per week for a full-time position.

Research Projects

Research Project: Wayfinding Through Orientation

This research project aims at a new wayfinding paradigm that supports users in orientation, spatial learning, and cognitive mapping. We analyze human wayfinding instructions, elicit information supporting orientation and develop new ways to present these instructions. We conduct wayfinding experiments and developing prototypes for mobile wayfinding assistance systems using orientation information.

Research Project: Spatial Learning

This research project aims at supporting children and young adults in advancing their spatial competencies. We develop technology-supported games to train users in spatial competencies such as self-orientation, wayfinding, and mapping. Besides children, future interest groups involve elderly people as well. We develop tools for spatial learning such as educational games based on geo-technologies and conduct on-site user studies.

Research Project: SketchMapia

SketchMapia is a framework for collecting, automatically analyzing and integrating information from (hand-drawn) sketch maps into geographic information systems. Sketch maps are an intuitive way to communicate spatial information that does not require any cartographic and technological expertise and has high potential for volunteered geographic information. We analyse spatial information through qualitative spatial analysis techniques.

Applicants should have a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and a background in at least one of the following disciplines: GI Science, computer science, or cognitive science.

Applicants should submit a CV and a 1-page statement of interest specifying which research project(s) they are interested in, how their interests/expertise would contribute to the project, and outline the preferred starting time.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Please submit your application by e-mail to
schwering at uni-muenster.de.

Salary: 3450-4000€ gross
Closing Date: 5 October 2014

Date September 16, 2014

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014 - 2015

Free UK

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014 - 2015 The 2014-15 program for the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography have been released. All seminars will take place in Emmanuel College, Cambridge and shall start at 1730 unless stated otherwise. All are welcome and refreshments will be available after the seminars.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Professor Paul Harvey (University of Durham)
Early-modern maps in mirror image

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Lt Cdr Dr John Ash (Scott Polar Research Institute)
On polar maritime maps and charts

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College)
On eighteenth-century maps

Location and time
Gardner Room
Emmanuel College,
St Andrew's Street,
Cambridge,
England CB2 3AP

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at
sarah.bendall at emma.cam.ac.uk

tel. 01223 330476

Refreshments will be available after each seminar.

Date September 15, 2014

AAG Chicago 2015 Annual Meeting

AAG Chicago 2015 Annual Meeting This AAG event draws geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability and GIScience.

Call for Papers Theme: New Directions in Geospatial Simulation

The geospatial simulation community has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade as novel and advanced forms of agent-based and cellular automata modeling continue to facilitate the exploration of complex geographic problems facing the world today. It is now an opportune time to consider the future direction of this community and explore ways to leverage geospatial simulation in professional arenas. The aim of these sessions is to bring together researchers utilising agent-based and cellular automata techniques and associated methodologies to discuss new directions in geospatial simulation.

The AAG invite papers that fall into one of the following four categories:

• Graduate student geospatial simulation research.
• Methodological advances of agent-based or cellular automata modeling.
• New application frontiers in geospatial simulation.
• Approaches for evaluating the credibility of geospatial simulation models.

Student papers will be presented in an interactive short paper session with presentations no longer than five minutes and no more than ten slides. Following presentations, students will form a panel that will address questions from the audience as directed by the session moderator. Student presentations will be judged as a part of a Best Student Paper award, the winner of which will receive an award of $500.

All other papers will be placed in one of the following three sessions:

(1) Methodological Advances
(2) Novel Applications
(3) Model Credibility

Each session will be comprised of four speakers followed by a twenty-minute discussion on the session topic.

An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describe the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions as well as to include keywords. Full submissions will be given priority over submissions with just a paper title.

Organisers:

Chris Bone, Department of Geography, University of Oregon.
Andrew Crooks, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University.
Alison Heppenstall, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Department of Geography, Michigan State University.
David O’Sullivan, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley.

Dates:

14 October 2014: Second call for papers

28 October 28 2014: Abstract submission and expression of intent to session organizers.

31 October 31 2014: Session finalisation. Session organisers determine session order and content and notify authors.

3 November 2014: Final abstract submission to AAG.

5 November 2014: AAG registration deadline. Sessions submitted to AAG for approval.

21-25 April 2015: AAG meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Date September 15, 2014

Call for Papers: AAG Chicago 2015

Call for Papers: AAG Chicago 2015 Theme: New Directions in Geospatial Simulation

The geospatial simulation community has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade as novel and advanced forms of agent-based and cellular automata modeling continue to facilitate the exploration of complex geographic problems facing the world today. It is now an opportune time to consider the future direction of this community and explore ways to leverage geospatial simulation in professional arenas. The aim of these sessions is to bring together researchers utilising agent-based and cellular automata techniques and associated methodologies to discuss new directions in geospatial simulation.

The AAG invite papers that fall into one of the following four categories:

• Graduate student geospatial simulation research.
• Methodological advances of agent-based or cellular automata modeling.
• New application frontiers in geospatial simulation.
• Approaches for evaluating the credibility of geospatial simulation models.

Student papers will be presented in an interactive short paper session with presentations no longer than five minutes and no more than ten slides. Following presentations, students will form a panel that will address questions from the audience as directed by the session moderator. Student presentations will be judged as a part of a Best Student Paper award, the winner of which will receive an award of $500.

All other papers will be placed in one of the following three sessions:

(1) Methodological Advances
(2) Novel Applications
(3) Model Credibility

Each session will be comprised of four speakers followed by a twenty-minute discussion on the session topic.

An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describe the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions as well as to include keywords. Full submissions will be given priority over submissions with just a paper title.

Organisers:

Chris Bone, Department of Geography, University of Oregon.
Andrew Crooks, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University.
Alison Heppenstall, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Department of Geography, Michigan State University.
David O’Sullivan, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley.

Dates:

14 October 2014: Second call for papers

28 October 28 2014: Abstract submission and expression of intent to session organizers.

31 October 31 2014: Session finalisation. Session organisers determine session order and content and notify authors.

3 November 2014: Final abstract submission to AAG.

5 November 2014: AAG registration deadline. Sessions submitted to AAG for approval.

21-25 April 2015: AAG meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Date September 15, 2014

FOSS4G - Europe 2015 will be held in Como, Italy

Open Source GIS EU

FOSS4G - Europe 2015 will be held in Como, Italy There are no details about the conference as this announcement was just released.

June 2015 is the month selected to set a date for the FOSS4G - Europe 2015 conference.

There will be more details released over the coming months; please visit the OSGeo website for updates.

Date September 15, 2014

Noise Mapping

Open Source GIS EU

Noise Mapping Noise is a growing problem in our expanding urban areas and has been recognised as an issue by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Smartphones allow their users to collect data about various things as they travel around.

NoiseTube is a research project, started in 2008 at the Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris and currently hosted by the BrusSense Team at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which proposes a participative approach for monitoring noise pollution by involving the general public. The NoiseTube mobile app extends the current usage of mobile phones by turning them into noise sensors enabling citizens to measure the sound exposure in their everyday environment. Furthermore each user can participate in creating a collective map of noise pollution by sharing geolocalized measurement data with the NoiseTube community.

By installing the free app on your smartphone, you will be able to measure the level of noise in dB(A), and tag the measurements obtained (e.g. subjective level of annoyance, source of sound,...). When uploaded to the website (3G, wifi or manually) you can check your sound trajectory on Google Maps.

Open Source
The NoiseTube project has been placed under the GNU LGPL v2.1 open source license. The source code has been published on Google Code. This repository will facilitate future development and collaboration with third party contributors. We welcome anyone who wants to to contribute to the project (as a developer or otherwise) to contact us.

Date September 12, 2014

Proposed changes to latitude and longitude representation on OS maps

Mapping Services GIS UK

Proposed changes to latitude and longitude representation on OS maps Quite important news from the Ordnance Survey concerning potential changes to they way they represent latitude and longitude on their paper maps.

The proposal is to add lat/lon markers on paper maps to make it easier to use GPS devices with paper maps. GPS devices use the WGS84 datum and through increased use, this is becoming established as the default datum for locations. The OS still uses the Transverse Mercator Projection on the Airy 1830 ellipsoid. The proposed change would see the OS retain the Transverse Mercator projection but replace the Airy 1830 ellipsoid with the WGS84 datum. The result of this change would be a small shift in the position of the Lat/Lon overlay markers on the paper maps. The actual change could be as little as 2mm on OS Landranger maps.

The OS wants to consult with the user community and has set up a quick questionnaire. If you have 2 minutes to spare you should read the article linked below and click the link to the online survey.

Date September 12, 2014

Call for Abstracts: International Workshop on Spatial Data and Map Quality

Call for Abstracts: International Workshop on Spatial Data and Map Quality Experts in spatial data and map quality are invited to submit abstracts for this workshop, which will be held at the Old University Building on the University of Malta's Valletta campus from 20 to 21 January 2015.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2014.

A number of international groups and organisations actively involved in spatial data and map quality issues are organizing a two-day international workshop aimed at providing innovative and original contribution to the ongoing debate on spatial data and map quality issues and at improving the process of knowledge transfer by means of the development of new techniques and methods for quality assessment of spatial data sets and the maps produced.

The workshop will also include an update on the data quality validation service being delivered by the ELF project. Participants will also investigate the need for the further development and application of the metadata and quality standards created by ISO TC 211.

Acceptance for an oral presentation, poster, or software demonstration at the workshop will be announced by 31 October 2014.

Deadline for long abstract/full paper is 31 December 2014.

Papers are invited on a range of topics including quality evaluation, certification and standards. Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words.

The template for abstract submissions can be downloaded from the workshop's website.

Date September 12, 2014
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