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Event: Address Day - What next after the "Address Wars"?

Event: Address Day - What next after the "Address Wars"?

The Location Information Specialist Group (LISG), of the British Computer Society's (BCS), is hosting this event.

Agenda will be:

  • Tea and coffee from 1030
  • Mike Sanderson Introduction and Welcome 1100
  • Jeni Tennison 1110-1145
  • Ant Beck 1150-1225
  • Lunch 1230-1315
  • Stephen Ramage 1315-1350
  • Chris Chambers 1400-1435
  • Panel Session 1445-1530

Jeni Tennison: Open Addresses

Jeni will speak on ‘Open Addresses’ following the launch of the Open Addresses UK Initiative on January 14th 2015

Ant Beck: ‘DAIS – Removing the Need for An Address Infrastructure’

An address is much more than a representation of a property: when included as part of a nation's infrastructure, an address helps to provide social and legal identity. By providing a fundamental knowledge base to inform decision making and action, addresses help to develop, implement and support other critical national policies such as: Governance, Urban development and management, Migration and social integration, Security, Economy and commerce, Environmental sustainability, risk and disaster management.

This presentation challenges the assumption that credible addresses require an underlying address infrastructure. By removing the need for address infrastructure (and conflation of national address systems) it is possible to define the characteristics of a global address framework. This is encapsulated within the acronym DAIS (Determining Addresses which are Independent of infrastructure using a Spatial algorithm). DAIS is a work in development but aims to represent the key characteristics of any global address framework so that it can have maximal impact.

Steven Ramage, what3words

Around 75% of the world suffers from inconsistent, complicated and poor addressing systems. This means that around 4 billion people are invisible, unable to report crime, get deliveries, aid or simply name the place where they live.

Even in countries with advanced address systems, people get lost, packages aren't delivered and businesses and tourist attractions don't get found. Poor addressing might seem no more than "annoying" in some countries, but it costs businesses billions of dollars, and around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations.

This talk will introduce what3words, 57 trillion 3x3m squares each containing 3 unique words. The technology is a small piece of code (less than 10Mbyte) that works across platforms and devices, in multiple languages. It works offline, where there is no data connection and there is ongoing software integration in a number of areas, including UAVs and voice recognition.

Chris Chambers, Ordnance Survey

Chris is the Location Analytics Senior Product Manager at Ordnance Survey. His portfolio of products gives information about what is at a location and what happens at that location. The best known of his products is the AddressBase suite of products – the most comprehensive and content rich property and land data set in GB - relied upon by Emergency Services, Government and Commercial customers. 

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 10:30 to 16:00

BCS London
Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London WC2E 7HA
Tel: 01793 417666

Please visit the website for more information, updates or to register for the workshop.

Date February 19, 2015

Sources for free remotely sensed and raster data

RS Free

This blog includes a pdf with 11 pages of sources and links for downloadable imagery and raster GIS data, including free data.

Date February 18, 2015

Open Government Licence v3.0 is to replace the OS OpenData Licence

Open Government Licence v3.0 is to replace the OS OpenData Licence

This is part of the Ordnance Survey's ongoing moves to make data even more accessible and easier for start-ups and others to understand and use to encourage greater use of OS OpenData products. Following close work with The National Archives the OS has now adopted the Open Government Licence (OGL) version 3.0 in place of its OS OpenData licence. 

More details about this story can be found on the OS website.

Date February 17, 2015

GeoSUR: a Latin America and the Caribbean geoportal built to support the publication of spatial data

GeoSUR: a Latin America and the Caribbean geoportal built to support the publication of spatial data

The GeoSUR Portal's data may be consulted directly by means of partner map services, a regional map viewer contained in this portal or through various metadata services.

Most of the spatial information available in this portal is available in map services operated by participating agencies in a decentralised fashion. These services are owned by spatial data producers from the region. These institutions register their various geoservices and their metadata with the portal in order to make them available to the public. No special skills or special software is required to use the portal; it is free and open to the public.

The GeoSUR Program is led by CAF - the Latin American Development Bank and PAIGH the Pan American Institute of Geography and History. The Portal was developed with the technical support of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

GeoSUR develops geospatial services on the Web which enable users to locate, view, analyse, and obtain spatial information. Access to these services is open and free and no special software is required to use them.

GeoSUR has four main components:

1) Geoportal: This is the first portal to offer access to spatial information for all the countries of the region in one place. Spatial data and metadata generated by participating agencies can be consulted in this website.

2) Network of map services: More than 90 agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in GeoSUR by implementing map services and data catalogs that become part of the first regional spatial data infrastructure. It is a decentralised network and every participating agency is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of its geoservices.

3) Regional topographic processing service: The service allows modeling and generation of derived datasets such as slope, shaded-relief or elevation profiles from the 30-meter SRTM digital elevation model of the region. It is the first of its kind in the developing world due to its extensive geographic coverage and high resolution.

4) Regional Map Service: Regional maps of Latin America and the Caribbean are available for viewing and analysis through this service, on topics such as base maps, infrastructure, CAF projects, land use and land cover, protected areas, aerial imagery, and much more.

The Program maintains a mailing list that offers a forum for discussion of geospatial topics. Diverse topics are being discussed in this forum, including SDIs, GIS, remote sensing and geomatics. Participants receive periodic reviews of geoscience topics, GeoSUR news, training opportunities and technical issues. More than 300 geospatial specialists from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are member of this forum. The List accepts postings in three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

To join the list please send a message to geosur at caf.com.

Date February 17, 2015

Flood Risk Analyst post at Natural Resources Wales


Flood Risk Analyst post at Natural Resources Wales

Job Location: Buckley Preferred (Bangor possible)

Job Purpose

Producing, managing and delivering timely flood risk information and evidence that underpins everything Flood Risk Management does.

Job Specific Responsibilities

  • Delivering results.
  • Undertake flood risk modelling studies for communities identified at highest risk in the Community Risk Register (hydraulic modelling of flood risk areas to identify and refine knowledge on flood extents, depths, velocities etc).
  • Undertake assessments of potential options for reducing flood risk within these communities (Initial assessment process).
  • Project manage framework consultants in the delivery of flood risk modelling projects.
  • Preparing and maintaining public facing flood maps, incident response, post flood data collection and analysis.
  • Building strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Work with internal teams and external stakeholders (Lead Local Flood Authorities, flood partnership groups etc.) to provide a co-ordinated response to flooding from all sources.
  • Setting strategic direction.
  • Provide technical input to all relevant national, regional and area strategies and plans (To include European Flood Risk Regulations and Flood & Water management Act) so that flood risk management and environmental issues are incorporated and monitored.
  • Maximise the efficient and effective use of people, in order that all activities and or projects are completed to time, cost and quality targets.

Job Specific Requirements

  • Relevant qualifications - educated to degree level or equivalent  experience in a scientific or engineering subject.
  • Good knowledge of hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis to include ISIS and TuFLOW software packages.
  • Good project management knowledge with experience in delivering projects.
  • Good knowledge of GIS systems and mapping (ARCGIS or MAPINFO).
  • Analyse/interpret evidence to achieve solutions.
  • Good inter-personal skills and able to communicate technical issues successfully with NRW teams and external customers.
  • Must have full UK driving licence.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload.

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the team. Taking this into consideration the Welsh language skills required for the post are at Level 1.

Level 5 - Fluency in spoken and written Welsh

Level 4 - Fluency in spoken Welsh

Level 3 - The ability to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations

Level 1 - The ability to use basic Welsh conversational phrases (eg “bore da” – “good morning”) and to pronounce Welsh place names correctly.

Personal Responsibilities

  • Agree a personal delivery plan and report to your line manager on progress no less than twice a year.
  • Exercise good judgement and be willing to be held to account for decisions, actions and choices made personally and by staff for whom you are responsible.
  • Act as a role model of organisational values.
  • Show exemplary behaviours of honesty, integrity and ethics.
  • Challenge others when they fail to act as role models.
  • Combine confidence and resilience with humility and a willingness to learn. 

Status: This is a permanent, pensionable full-time appointment of 37 hours a week.

Salary: Starting Salary of £24,578.00


For further details please contact Richard Weston on richard.weston at cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Please forward your expression of interest demonstrating your suitability for this role to: 
recruitment at cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.

Closing Date: Friday, 6 March 2015.

Date February 17, 2015

Integrated Hydrological Units of the UK: Catchments dataset is now available

Integrated Hydrological Units of the UK: Catchments dataset is now available

This dataset is part of Integrated Hydrological Units (IHU) of the UK, a set of geographical reference units for hydrological purposes including river flow measurement and hydrometric data collection. This dataset was derived from the Integrated Hydrological Terrain Model.

This dataset is available from the hub data holdings of the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC), which is a NERC Data Centre that the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) hosts. 

Date February 17, 2015

Ordnance Survey announces the release of the Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) to support greater sharing of location data

Ordnance Survey announces the release of the Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) to support greater sharing of location data

Supporting the local government transparency and government open data agendas, Ordnance Survey, GeoPlace and the Improvement Service are enabling AddressBase internal business use customers to release Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) on a royalty free and open basis. The move will facilitate the release and sharing of public and private sector addressing databases.

More on this UPRNs release can be found on the OS website.

Date February 16, 2015

JavaScript Developer post available at the OS


JavaScript Developer post available at the OS

Location: Southampton 
Salary: Circa £35,000, plus excellent benefits 
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time 
Number of vacancies: 1 

Role summary

Ordnance Survey has a world-renowned reputation for the quality and accuracy of its authoritative geospatial information. Our intelligent location data is used by business and government to underpin decision making, drive growth and deliver valuable efficiencies. As part of our drive to continuously improve and strengthen our capability we are looking for a Front-End Web Developer / Software Engineer to join one of the Solutions Engineering teams, you will play a proactive role in helping to deliver web applications for B2B and B2G customers.

You will have experience as a key member in high performing Agile teams and a proven track record of delivery, underpinned with excellent software engineering practices such as TDD. Specifically you:

  • Have a proven track record of front-end development and can code JavaScript without reliance purely on frameworks
  • Have experience developing with frameworks such as Backbone.js, Ember.js and AngularJS
  • Can write clean production quality JavaScript code
  • Have experience building high traffic complex cross-browser applications based on JavaScript/jQuery/AJAX with SASS/CSS3/HTML5
  • Have experience in building RESTful interfaces to handle data in XML and JSON formats
  • Have an in-depth understanding of JavaScript patterns/styles including both modular and object-oriented development
  • Have an understanding of modern HTML design concepts such as Responsive Design
  • Have experience developing against Internet and Infrastructure Security principles
  • Have experience with Continuous Integration tools including Jenkins and JavaScript Automation tools such as Grunt
  • Have a good knowledge in the use of testing tools and frameworks such as JsUnit, JsMockito, JsMock, Jasmine
  • May have geospatial development knowledge which would include Google Maps, Leaflet and OpenLayers

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

  • Proven track record in iterative and incremental development in an agile environment
  • Experience in contribution towards best fit technical options to ensure effective delivery
  • Knowledge of industry technology developments
  • Some exposure to coaching and mentoring team members to improve agile team delivery
  • Proficient skills in software engineering and best practice, including design patterns

Competencies - level 3 

  • Changing and improving
  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace

For more information about the competencies and what the OS are looking for, or to apply for the post, please visit the OS website. To apply, please upload your covering letter and CV demonstrating your suitability for the role.

Anticipated closing date: Friday, 6 March 2015.

Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and may result in the campaign being closed early.

Date February 16, 2015

RGS (with IBG) offering grants of up to £6000 for PhD students undertaking overseas research

RGS (with IBG) offering grants of up to £6000 for PhD students undertaking overseas research

Each year, the Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG) supports over 50 student fieldwork projects, from PhD students collecting data for their dissertation to groups of undergraduates looking to get out into the field for the first time.

Please visit their student grants webpage to see which grants are available. There are also grants available for undergraduate and Masters students.

Undergraduate Students:

  • Geographical Fieldwork Grants
  • Henrietta Hutton Research Grants
  • Hong Kong Research Grant
  • Learning & Leading Fieldwork Apprenticeships
  • Monica Cole Research Grant

Masters Students:

  • Geographical Club Award
  • Geographical Fieldwork Grants
  • Henrietta Hutton Research Grants
  • Monica Cole Research Grant

PhD Students:

  • Dudley Stamp Memorial Awards
  • Frederick Soddy Award
  • Geographical Club Award
  • Henrietta Hutton Research Grants
  • Hong Kong Research Grant
  • Monica Cole Research Grant
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award
  • The Slawson Awards

Date February 16, 2015

School District Administrative Planning GIS Developed with TatukGIS SDK

School District Administrative Planning GIS Developed with TatukGIS SDK

The Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA), in the US State of Michigan, has developed the Polyplot© Mapping System, a client server application for school district administrative planning which is implemented in over 100 school districts throughout Michigan and Ohio. Polyplot is a unique, powerful tool designed for school districts to analyze student information interactively and graphically on a computerized map. RESA developed the Polyplot Mapping System using the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (for VCL edition) with the Embarcadero Delphi development platform.

Polyplot provides a broad range of formats for displaying school district information. The transportation office can develop and maintain complete, detailed route schedule information. For school district administrative planning, Polyplot can be used in building/classroom utilization studies, boundary analysis, voting precinct information or any other map-oriented study. Program features include:

  • Multiple day-of-week routing
  • Student daily schedule
  • Track students on shuttle/transfer stops
  • Comprehensive student selection criteria including school, grade, ethnic code, busing eligibility
  • A wide variety of graphic display formats
  • Route schedule time graph analysis
  • Detail route/run/bus stop development tools
  • Distance measurement
  • Flexible map presentation—any map view can be shown from 50 feet to 50 miles
  • Satellite image overlay
  • Ability to build and store customized boundaries or "polygons"
  • Comprehensive polygon tools such as union, intersection, inside/outside processing
  • Complete reporting facility
  • Dynamic find feature

Polyplot developer Larry Wall explains: "We originally drew all of our map points and symbols ourselves in a canvas layer and had various procedures to handle map drawing. After switching to TatukGIS Developer Kernel (DK) VCL object, the time we saved in not keeping up with all the map functionality design has proven invaluable. The DK component really let's you design your map the way you want. It has been enhanced over the years and continues to provide new functionality. We would not have some of the functionality if we were still doing all the map coding ourselves. If you need to work with a map for your clients or projects, the TatukGIS DK is the way to go. We spent much time researching ArcGIS and other products. The TatukGIS DK gave us the most bang for our buck, especially for designing within the Delphi environment. We now look forward to using the upcoming DK for FireMonkey edition to develop a mobile app for our clients in the near future."

The RESA Administrative Technologies division serves 72 school districts, public school academies and other intermediate districts throughout the State of Michigan that are members of the Wayne RESA Computer Consortium. More information about RESA and the Polyplot Mapping System is available from RESA website.

For more information about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel, and the use of it for the Polyplot© Mapping System at RESA, please visit the TatukGIS website via links below.

Date February 16, 2015
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