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Courses in R and GIS at the University of Liverpool

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Courses in R and GIS at the University of Liverpool

The Consumer Data Research Centre and Geographic Data Science Lab at the University of Liverpool are running two workshops in 'Using R as a GIS' and 'Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis'. Further details below:

Introduction to Using R as a GIS

Date: Thursday 3rd March, 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool
Content: This course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R. We will look at appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic spatial analysis. We will be using R Studio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.
Further Information: http://geographicdatascience.com/blog/training/Intro-R-GIS/ 

Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis

Date: Friday 4th March, 9:30am – 4pm
Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool
Content: In this course we will cover how to prepare and analyse spatial data in RStudio & GeoDa. We will use RStudio to perform spatial overlay techniques (such as union, intersection and buffers) to combine different spatial data layers to support a spatial analysis decision. We will also use RStudio and GeoDa to explore a range of different spatial analyses including regression, Moran’s I and clustering. By the end of the course you will understand how RStudio manages spatial data and be able to use RStudio for a range of spatial analysis.
Further Information: http://geographicdatascience.com/blog/training/Intermediate-R-Spatial-Analysis/ 

Rates per course:

  • £60 – UK registered students
  • £130 – staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government
  • £200 – all other participants including staff from commercial organisations
  • Reduced prices are available for University of Liverpool affiliated students and staff and those less able to pay, please contact Nick Bearman for details.


Date January 26, 2016

IT Software Engineer's post at the Ordnance Survey


IT Software Engineer

Location: Southampton
Salary: Circa £40,000, plus excellent benefits
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time
Number of vacancies: 1
Role summary

As the national mapping agency for Great Britain, Ordnance Survey (OS) collects and maintains geographic data, from which it creates a high quality comprehensive suite of data sets, products and services that helps underpin £136 billion of the nation’s economy.

Within the Core Technology function, the OS is responsible for capturing and storing the data that goes into its exciting products. The technology behind this ranges from, the hand-held tablets used by their surveyors capture the data, to the largest seamless spatial database on the planet that stores it.
Ordnance Survey Software Engineers are responsible for creating the suite of components that allow the OS to ensure that the data it collects and maintains supports the creation of the products that its customers need.
The OS is looking for a versatile Software Engineer to join this team to help continue to improve the service they provide.
Working in an Agile environment, you will have broad software engineering experience with extensive Agile experience.
You will be comfortable working with the following technologies:

  • C# / .NET / Java
  • Ruby or Python
  • Oracle Spatial
  • Go Publisher
  • FME
  • Jenkins

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

  • iterative and incremental development and testing within an agile environment.
  • contribution towards best fit technical options to ensure effective delivery.
  • coaching & mentoring team members to improve technical delivery.
  • skills in software engineering and best practice, including design patterns, BDD and TDD development approach.
  • experience with Enterprise Oracle databases; and
  • configuring Continuous Integration and Delivery infrastructure.


1) Clear Thinking (True) - You work with OS’s best interests in mind, thoroughly considering all the information and the wider impact. You look to deepen your understanding so you can work more effectively.   
2) Communicating and Engaging (Adventurous) - You’re enthusiastic when communicating with those around you. You seek their views and share your knowledge and understanding. You bring a positive energy and an optimistic viewpoint to those you work with. You look to inspire others and champion their strengths.
3) Getting Results (Adventurous) - You push yourself to develop and grow, and expand your comfort zone. You’re prepared to take the initiative, take risks and make mistakes.

To apply, or for more information about the competencies, and what the OS is looking for, please visit the OS website.

Further information is available from Steve Hildyard, Scrum Master, (023 8005) 5352.

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 February 2016.

Interviews will be held Wednesday, 17 February 2016.

Date January 25, 2016

UCL Geographical Information Science (GIS) Careers Event 2016

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UCL Geographical Information Science (GIS) Careers Event 2016

This free event is aimed at early career GIS experts, or people thinking about GIS as a career, and experienced GIS professionals.

Should you attend?

Early Career GIS experts, or people thinking about GIS as a career

  • Are you a current or recent MSc Geographical Information Science (GIS) graduate?  
  • Have you graduated from or are you studying on a similar degree?  
  • Do you have GIS skills and want to know more about potential careers?  
  • Are you an undergraduate who would like to hear more about an inter-disciplinary career that combines computer science skills with the ability to understand, model and analyse the world and solve real-world problems ranging from traffic congestion and ambulance routing to modelling pollution and disease spread, and on to understanding what causes flooding and predicting population growth?  
  • Are you interested in working in fields as diverse as oil and gas, property, transport, retail, healthcare, planning, the environment, civil engineering, local and central government and many others?  
  • Are you on UCL's Integrated Engineering Programme and thinking about your options for Minors?

Experienced GIS professionals

  • Are you a more experienced member of the GIS profession, willing to help new entrants?  
  • Would you like to give a short talk about how you use GIS, along with some career advice?  
  • Would you be willing to conduct mock interviews and/or review CVs?
  • Would you like to be involved in GIS networking activities or have a table at the event?  
  • Are you currently recruiting GIS staff?

If any of these apply, then you'll want to attend this GIS careers event!  The event will include a CV clinic, mock interviews and the chance to talk with recent and more senior graduates about career opportunities.  You will also find out more about GIS and the fantastic, diverse career opportunities that could await you.

Ticket types

  • Established GIS Professional (volunteering to help)           
  • Undergraduate student interested in a career in GIS                
  • Postgraduate student studying GIS           
  • Early Career GIS Professional           
  • Other     
  • Currently working in another field - interested in a career in GIS

Date and Time: Monday, 7 March 2016 from 15:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

The event will be based in the main Marquee, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6BT (you will see the marquee when you enter the main gate into UCL) and in Room G04, Chadwick Building, (the Chadwick Building is the one on your right as you enter the main gates into UCL). Nearest Tube Stations: Euston Square and Warren Street.

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
University College London
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London

Please visit the website to register for this event.

Date January 25, 2016

Workshop on Computational Challenges of Multivariate Extremes with Applications in the Environment and Geosciences


Workshop on Computational Challenges of Multivariate Extremes with Applications in the Environment and Geosciences

This is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Institutional Sponsorship Collaborative Event on Extremes.

International Centre for Mathematical Sciences,
15 South College Street,
Edinburgh  EH8 9AA

Dates: (Tuesday to Thursday) 9 - 11 February 2016.

The objectives are the encouragement of creative thinking, the initial development of projects around the challenges for the research areas and the creation of internal research days in the application areas in order to assist with the development of collaborative links across the university, other TATI partners, other international HEIs and hence to industry.

The expected outcome is the development of collaborative interdisciplinary projects; with special focus on those that could potentially feed into the Alan Turing Institute programmes.

The workshop attendance is free but registration is required for catering purposes.

If you would like to come to the meeting, please contact the organiser at i.papastathopoulos at ed.ac.uk

Full programme will be uploaded on Friday, 22 February 2016.



13.00 - 13.50 Arrival
13.50 - 14.00 Welcome
14.00 - 14.45 Jonathan Tawn (Lancaster University)
14.45 - 15.15 Discussion
15.15 - 15.45 Tea and coffee break
15.45 - 15.30 Ian Main (School of GeoSciences, UoE)
15.35 - 16.00 Discussion


09.00 - 09.45 Emilie Chautru (Centre de Géoscience, Mines ParisTech, France)
09.45 - 10.15 Discussion
10.15 - 10.45 Tea and coffee break
10.45 - 11.30 Scott Sisson (University of New South Wales, Australia)
11.30 - 12.00 Discussion
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 - 14.15 Gabriele Hegerl (School of GeoSciences, UoE)
14.15 - 14.45 Discussion
14.45 - 15.30 Raphael Huser (KAUST)
15.30 - 16.00 Discussion


09.00 - 09.45 Adam Butler (BioSS)
09.45 - 10.15 Discussion
10.15 - 10.45 Tea and Coffee break
10.45 - 11.30 TBA
11.30 - 12.00 Discussion

Date January 21, 2016

Lecturer in Countryside Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)


Lecturer in Countryside Management at Scotland

Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £30,842 - £35,764
Location: Scotland's Rural College, Riverside Campus, Ayr

Closing Date: Friday, 29 January 2016


Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. SRUC's ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

The main duties of the post will be to provide tuition to further and higher education students on subjects such as biology, ecology, conservation, biodiversity, EIA’s, GIS, interpretation, environmental issues, and visitor management. Course levels will range from HNC to Honours and Master’s degree and will also involve distance learning courses. Applicants should be able to tailor their teaching styles to address the needs of the different academic levels. Other duties will include Adviser of studies to individual year groups, recruitment duties and participation in membership of various staff and student management groups.

Candidates should have a BSc in Countryside Management or equivalent Environmental Science degree and a valid driving licence.

Candidates must have strong people skills and should be able to engage well with people across the board. Teaching experience and a working knowledge of issues relating to Countryside Management are essential. Hands on practical conservation skills are desirable. Experience of managing volunteer groups and project management would be an advantage.

Candidates with experience of GIS, Woodland management or forestry are particularly sought after but other specialisms will be considered.  Marketing knowledge would also be desirable, as successful candidates will be expected to be actively involved in recruitment for the courses.

For further information, and to apply for this role, please visit the SRUC's current vacancies website.

Date January 20, 2016

Bayesian Disease Mapping courses at the University of Edinburgh

Learning Resource Cost

Introduction to Bayesian Disease Mapping (IBDM)
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 11 to 12 July 2016

Bayesian Disease Mapping with INLA (BDMI)
Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Advanced Bayesian Disease Mapping (ABDM)
Dates: Thursday and Friday, 14 to 15 July 2016

Location: The University of Edinburgh, Room G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

Course content

These courses are designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the area of Bayesian disease mapping in applications to Public Health and Epidemiology

The BDMI course provides a hands-on introduction to spatial health modeling with INLA, while more advanced INLA examples are included in the ABDM course. Both spatial and spatio-temporal analyses using WinBUGS and INLA will be considered.
Examples will range over childhood asthma data from Georgia, influenza in South Carolina, foot-and-mouth disease in the UK and Ohio respiratory cancer.

Who should attend?

The courses are intended for epidemiologists and public health workers who need to analyse geographical disease incidence. In addition, the courses may be of interest to statisticians or geographers and planners who deal with spatial disease data. Some statistical/epidemiological background would be beneficial but is not essential.

The speaker

Professor Andrew B. Lawson (Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina) is a World Health Organization (WHO) advisor on Disease Mapping and organized with the WHO an International workshop on this topic  which has led to an edited volume “Disease Mapping and Risk Assessment for Public Health”.
He has published a number of books focused on disease mapping and spatial epidemiology. In particular, the 2nd Edition (2013) of the volume Bayesian Disease Mapping will be a course text for the IBDM course, and is included in the IBDM course fee.


Detailed information and registration form can be found on the website.

Date January 19, 2016

Short Courses open for booking at the School of Geography, University of Leeds


Short Courses open for booking at the School of Geography, University of Leeds

The following short courses are now open for booking through the University of Leeds online store. Full details for each course can be found using the link below.

Introduction to R and RStudio

Date: Monday, 25 January 2016
Name of instructor: Robin Lovelace
Further information

Introduction to R for spatial data analysis

Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Name of instructor: Robin Lovelace
Further information

An Introduction to GIS – Using ArcGIS (Vector)

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 1 to 2 February 2016
Name of instructor: Rachel Oldroyd
Further information

For further information, please contact Eleri Pound at: e.a.pound at leeds.ac.uk or at 0113 343 0882

Date January 19, 2016

AGI Early Careers Network Webinar

GIS Learning Resource Free

AGI Early Careers Network Webinar

Date and Time: Wednesday 10 February 2016, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

This webinar is the first of two parts looking at Cartography and Cartographic Design, and will cover the Design Principles and map critique, amongst other topics. Please feel free to submit any questions in advance of the webinar and we will try to get through as many as possible on the day.

Speaker info:

Charley Glynn and Paul Naylor are Cartographic Design Consultants at Ordnance Survey. They specialise in the design of new products and services and the promotion of good map design. You can find out more about them here.

Webinar content

  • Why good cartography is important
  • Cartographic Design Principles
  • Sources of map inspiration
  • Cartographic technologies
  • Open source and open data: what does it mean for cartography?
  • Map critique
  • Tips and tricks
  • Plus time for questions from the audience

Date January 19, 2016

Vacancy at the Ministry of Defence: Specialist Instructional Officer - GIS

UK Job

Vacancy at the Ministry of Defence: Specialist Instructional Officer - GIS

Closing date: 29 Jan 2016
Location: Thatcham, South East, RG18 9TP
Reference number: 1478390
Salary: £24,362
Grade: Executive Officer D
Post type: Permanent
Business area: Joint Forces Command - Joint Intelligence Training Group
Type of role: Education and Training
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time
Hours: 37

Job description

  • Delivering instruction on MSc, FdSc and Defence courses.
  • Ensuring the provision of GIS related technical and educational material for student learning.
  • Ensuring that any documented feedback points are actioned as appropriate, in consultation with BL GIS Applied and other GIS Department staff.
  • Maintaining contextual and technical currency in the area of technical expertise (CPD) and providing CPD opportunities to the department, Wing and RSMS, as appropriate.
  • Ensuring quality control in training provision in terms of technical content and where required, coach departmental instructors to improve subject matter expertise and training delivery.
  • Maintain professional links with appropriate institutions, academic and/or military organisations.
  • Prepare and mark course work assessments and examinations.
  • Advise and where appropriate provide input to student performance reports. 

Person specification

  • Delivery of education and training within a Further or Higher Education environment is desirable.
  • Teaching qualification and/or practical experience in geography/GIS is desirable.


  • Minimum HND in geography related field.


Date January 19, 2016

Vacancies at Cadcorp


Vacancies at Cadcorp

Cadcorp is a UK based developer and supplier of industry leading geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping software. They currently have vacancies in their software development, sales, and presales teams:

  • Pre-Sales Engineer
  • Web Mapping Software Engineer
  • Business Development Manager

Summary information and details on the the application process for each post can be found on the page linked below.

Date January 19, 2016
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