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MEDIN Metadata Standards and Tools Workshops

MEDIN Metadata Standards and Tools Workshops

MEDIN are pleased to announce the following workshops that will be held over the coming year.

Places are limited on these popular workshops so please contact Sean Gaffney (sgaf at bodc.ac.uk) to register.


Theme: Discovery Metadata Standards and Tools
Location: BGS Murchison House, Edinburgh
Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Theme: MEDIN Data Guidelines
Location: National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool
Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Theme: Discovery Metadata Standards and Tools
Location: The Crown Estate, London
Date: Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Theme: MEDIN Data Guidelines
Location: BGS, Keyworth
Date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Aims of the workshops

To improve the knowledge and use of MEDIN standards and the tools that support them. The workshop comprises a series of talks, demonstrations and practicals to help users become familiar with:

The MEDIN discovery metadata standard

Discovery metadata is information about your dataset that allows someone else to quickly understand where and when your dataset was collected and what type of data is available. MEDIN provides tools to record this type of metadata and make it computer readable so that your metadata can be “discovered” using internet search portals.

Tools to create and validate MEDIN discovery metadata

The workshop gives hands on experience of using several different tools to create MEDIN compliant discovery metadata. These include an online metadata editor, Metadata Maestro and a transformation tool for GIS users.

Controlled vocabularies

These are lists that can be used to describe datasets in a consistent way. MEDIN uses them in the discovery metadata standard and in their Data Guidelines.

MEDIN data guidelines

These are guidance on what information should be stored alongside your data to ensure others can use your data with confidence. They are data archive standards that data suppliers are increasingly being asked to use when transferring data to another organisation.

Please visit the MEDIN website for further details, updates and times for these workshops.

Date April 16, 2015

Upland Mapping Project Officer's post at Scottish Natural Heritage


Upland Mapping Project Officer

Location: Inverness
Salary Range: £28,101 to £32,222 per annum pro rata
Employment Type: 12 months, Fixed Term (37 hours per week)

This 12 month post with the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is part of an exciting new pilot project to develop a cost-effective approach to mapping approximately 3 million ha of open-ground upland habitat. This is part of a wider project to provide a Habitat Map of Scotland (HabMoS).

The aims of the pilot are to:

  • determine the level of detail/method required for the 22 upland EC Habitats Directive Annex I habitats; 
  • set out aerial imagery habitat interpretation indicators and mapping rules for all upland open-ground habitats; and
  • determine the accuracy, time and cost implications of the mix of methods required for different geographical areas.

The Upland Mapping Project Officer will undertake much of the pilot project work, working closely with an Upland Mapping Team of staff from SNH’s Geodiversity, Uplands and Peatlands Group and the Geographic Information Group.

To carry out this role you must have experience of field habitat surveying and mapping techniques with the ability to identify upland open-ground habitats using NVC and Annex 1. The successful applicant will have the ability to interpret scientific information and demonstrate good IT and GIS skills and experience. Finally, as the post requires you to visit remote sites you will need a full driving licence or other means of transport available to you.

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

Date April 15, 2015

Ecology Assistant Internship (with GIS experience) at Environment Systems


Ecology Assistant Internship (with GIS experience) at Environment Systems

Placement period start date: June 2015 for three months.

Environment Systems is pleased to offer a three month paid work placement based in their Aberystwyth office. They are seeking a highly motivated person to join our team on a fixed term work placement. At the end of the term, there maybe an opportunity to develop the role into an established position within the company.

Environment Systems is an environmental consultancy and is a trusted provider of environmental evidence to governments and industry. This role, within our Ecology Matters team, will provide the intern/assistant with a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience of field surveys and advanced application of GIS in the ecological sector.

To assist in expansion of this exciting new venture they are looking for an enthusiastic recently graduated intern/assistant to support this summer’s busy field survey season. They are looking for candidates who have experience of vegetation and protected species surveys and be members of or that are eligible for membership of CIEEM (or similar).


  • Enthusiasm for wildlife
  • A current driving licence and your own car
  • Ability to work independently
  • To be willing to stay away overnight in various locations
  • Experience in GIS

Desired Qualifications:

A degree or post graduate qualification (award pending is acceptable) in ecology or related discipline.

Duties include:

  • Provide support on ecological survey, including survey preparation, research, field work, writing and GIS.
  • Support project managers in data management tasks.
  • Work with the senior management team as necessary.

Application is by short (2 page maximum) CV and covering letter. The covering letter should set out why you believe you are a qualified candidate and provide concise examples on how you are suited to the role.

Please send your application to enquiries at envsys.co.uk.

Deadline for application: 5pm Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Discussions with shortlisted candidates will take place from 1st May 2015.

You are only eligible to apply for this position if you hold a passport from an EU country, or you possess a valid UK work visa.

Date April 14, 2015
More information

Ordnance Survey: Strategic Relationship Manager's post


Ordnance Survey: Strategic Relationship Manager

Location: Scotland (with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Salary: £40,000 to 45,000, plus excellent benefits
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time
Number of vacancies: 1 

Role summary

OS is Britain’s mapping agency. We make the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the country. But we’re also a digital business, and we use our content to help governments, companies and individuals be more effective both here and around the world.

Scottish Government and the wider Scottish public sector are key stakeholders who inform what we capture and how we maintain it as well as being heavy data users in their own right, from national initiatives such as land registration, local services such as domestic waste collection and health, right through to tourism and use for leisure. The role is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with Senior Officials, Ministers and Special Advisors to ensure OS is well regarded, is involved in developing strategy and that the legislative programme makes the most use of OS data, ensuring OS continues to meet the needs of Scotland.

The successful candidate will already have a wide network of contacts across the Scottish Public Sector and will provide expert advice within OS, including the Board, to ensure that Scottish requirements and the impact of Scottish Policies are fully understood. The post holder will act as OS’s representative on a range of public bodies ensuring strong collaborative relationships are maintained, working closely with the wider OS Scottish Public Sector team. This is excellent opportunity to influence at a senior level whilst building the OS brand within Scotland.

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

  • A good understanding of the Scottish Public Sector in a devolved government.
  • Building effective business and stakeholder relationships.
  • A good understanding of key policy areas where geographic data are/could be important.

Competencies - level 4

  • Seeing the big picture - ensuring relevant issues are considered in influencing business decisions.
  • Making effective decisions - identifying the main issues in complex problems and providing appropriate information to the appropriate audience in order to achieve a successful outcome.
  • Leading and communicating - ensuring relevant issues are considered in influencing business decisions.

Please visit the OS website for more information, or to apply for this post.

Closing date: Monday, 4 May 2015.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 5 June 2015.

Date April 14, 2015

Geospatial/GIS Specialist's post with CH2M HILL


Geospatial/GIS Specialist

Location: Swindon

Employment Type: Full Time
Travel Percentage: 26 to 50 percent
Appointment: In Country - Local Hire
Assignment Type: Long Term

CH2M HILL has been a global leader in engineering, consulting, design, program management, construction and operations, working on the most challenging and impactful projects around the world. Through these challenging projects, CH2M HILL develops its people, who transform complex and creative ideas into reality, every day.

CH2M HILL supports you to reach your greatest career goals through continued professional development, a positive work life balance and undeniably cool engineering projects. Join employee-owned CH2M HILL and discover why its diverse team has been consistently ranked as one of the leading employers and repeatedly recognised as a best place to work in the U.S.

Description and Desired Qualifications

The principal function of this position is to assist the geospatial team in all aspects of operational delivery including: data capture, LiDAR, image processing, data modeling, integration and analysis, in order to deliver a wide variety of outputs to inform client's projects. They will provide technical expertise on both internal and external projects and support the continued development of the geospatial business.

  • Geospatial solution and support development across a range of solutions (image processing, survey, photogrammetry and LiDAR desirable) for multi-disciplinary projects
  • High capability in GIS and Data capture, Map creation
  • Support the continued development and implementation of BIM including documentation and workflows
  • Assistance with business development, client management skills – bid writing and presentation
  • Assistance in the preparation of deliverables, including technical and non-technical reports and presentations
  • Wide ranging analysis and creation of complex datasets
  • Delivery of geospatial projects and tasks to defined scope, budgets and timescales
  • Provision of guidance, training and mentoring to other colleagues and act as a key technical geospatial contact

Basic Qualifications

Essential Requirements:

  • An Honours Degree in a numerate discipline (e.g Geography, Maths, Engineering, Commercial).
  • A Masters Degree in a related geospatial discipline and / or proven capability in one of the following: Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, LiDAR.
  • Experience of developing and delivering geospatial solutions and technology
  • Evidence of being able to deliver diligently to an agreed scope of work and to time and budget requirements
  • In depth knowledge of data and metadata standards
  • Proven experience of BIM delivery environment
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey technical details to non-technical audience
  • Awareness of the commercial aspects of geospatial consultancy work
  • Bachelors or 4 Year Degree, Masters

For more information or to apply please visit the CH2M HILL website.

Date April 13, 2015

Esri UK GeoDev Meetup in London

Esri UK GeoDev Meetup in London

Date and Time:
Tuesday, 21 April 2015; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

St Bart's Brewery,
66 West Smithfield,
EC1A 9DY, London 

GeoDev is a meetup for developers interested in making use of maps, location and spatial tools in their applications. Due to the success of the first meetup this year, Esri UK has organised another GeoDev meetup, which will be held at St Barts Brewery (5 minute walk from Barbican tube station).

Free food and drink is provided and all skill levels welcome!

The last session involved an overview of the ArcGIS Platform and how to get started using ArcGIS Online as a basepoint. This meetup will explore further how to make use of the developer tools.

Lightning talkers are invited, so if you've been using any of the Esri developer tools in your work or private project, please contact the organisers for this event.

Date April 10, 2015

IJHG April 2015 edition available online

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IJHG April 2015 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 29 December 2014 to 8 April 2015.

Acknowledgement of  manuscript reviewers 2014. Maged N Kamel Boulos 


‘Social, innovative and smart cities are happy and resilient’: insights from the WHO EURO 2014 International Healthy Cities Conference.  Maged N Kamel Boulos, Agis D Tsouros and Arto Holopainen.


A multi-criteria spatial deprivation index to support health inequality analyses. Pablo Cabrera-Barona, Thomas Murphy, Stefan Kienberger and Thomas Blaschke.

Real-time GIS data model and sensor web service platform for environmental data management. Jianya Gong, Jing Geng and Zeqiang Chen.


Improved correlation of human Q fever incidence to modelled C. burnetii concentrations by means of an atmospheric dispersion model. Jeroen P G van Leuken, Jan van de Kassteele, Ferd J Sauter, Wim van der Hoek, Dick Heederik, Arie H Havelaar and Arno N Swart.

The association of area-level social class and tobacco use with adverse breast cancer characteristics among white and black women: evidence from Maryland, 1992 - 2003. Ann C Klassen, Aaron Pankiewicz, Stephanie Hsieh, Abigail Ward and Frank C Curriero.

Comparing adaptive and fixed bandwidth-based kernel density estimates in spatial cancer epidemiology. Dorothea Lemke, Volkmar Mattauch, Oliver Heidinger, Edzer Pebesma and Hans-Werner Hense.

Spatial heterogeneity of the relationships between environmental characteristics and active commuting: towards a locally varying social ecological model. Thierry Feuillet, Hélène Charreire, Mehdi Menai, Paul Salze, Chantal Simon, Julien Dugas, Serge Hercberg, Valentina A Andreeva, Christophe Enaux, Christiane Weber and Jean-Michel Oppert.

Modelling the potential spatial distribution of mosquito species using three different techniques. Daniela Cianci, Nienke Hartemink and Adolfo Ibáñez-Justicia.

Associations between BMI and home, school and route environmental exposures estimated using GPS and GIS: do we see evidence of selective daily mobility bias in children?. Thomas Burgoine, Andy P Jones, Rebecca J Namenek Brouwer and Sara E Benjamin Neelon.

Daily forecast of dengue fever incidents for urban villages in a city. Ta-Chien Chan, Tsuey-Hwa Hu and Jing-Shiang Hwang.

Using geovisual analytics in Google Earth to understand disease distribution: a case study of campylobacteriosis in the Czech Republic (2008–2012). Lukáš Marek, Pavel Tucek and Vít Pászto.

Emergency care facility access in rural areas within the golden hour?: Western Cape case study. Marianne Vanderschuren and Duncan McKune.

Testing for clustering at many ranges inflates family-wise error rate (FWE). Matthew Loop and Leslie A McClure.

Estimating range of influence in case of missing spatial data: a simulation study on binary data. Kristine Bihrmann, Annette K Ersbøll.

Date April 9, 2015

Scientific Software Engineer: Radar Systems R&D at the Met Office


Scientific Software Engineer: Radar Systems R&D at the Met Office

Salary: £26,010 to £38,325 (plus competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension and relocation up to £5,000) 

Hours of work: Full time, permanent

Location: Exeter

The Met Office is a world-leading authority in weather and climate and observations are fundamental to their service. Their network of weather radars measure the atmosphere, feeding data into high performance numerical models for their forecasting teams to use to precisely predict the weather. To collect these underpinning observations, the Met Office utilises innovative technology that improves the quality and accuracy of their radar systems which helps them to deliver the most accurate forecasts to their customers. Technology and science go hand-in-hand to drive their success.

The Met Office is looking for someone with technical skills, combined with scientific understanding, to help develop the cutting edge systems that will deliver reliable and timely weather information to their customers, which include regional water companies across the UK and the Environment Agency. 

Working with the Met Office's upgraded Dual Polarisation radars, you'll join their Radar Systems Research and Development Team to develop techniques and processes to enhance the data collected through their observing network. Rainfall information from radar is critical to real-time flood warning services in the UK, protecting life and property. By improving the reliability and resilience of their observing network, the Met Office will be able to ensure that their weather forecasts are as accurate as possible. 

Day-to-day you'll use your technical expertise and leadership skills to implement a program of continuous improvement to the Met Office's radar processing and control system - Cyclops- using your scientific knowledge to make sure the software is maintained and developed effectively, ultimately improving the timeliness, quality and accuracy of radar estimates of rainfall. 

Collaborating with your team to exploit the latest scientific advances in radar meteorology, you'll set the standard for configuration management, reviewing and testing code for Cyclops. You'll also provide informal training to your colleagues in the team and offer expert advice to those using the software. Put simply, you'll help their forecasters produce better predictions and ensure that millions of people can prepare and keep safe whatever the weather.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a world-class organisation and contribute to developing and improving the software that supports the science behind everything the Met Office does.

In order to be considered for the role, applicants need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with 2.2 or above, in a physical science or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of working effectively with others in different teams or organisations on collaborative code development.
  • 3Senior Scientific Software Engineer (SSSE): Able to communicate complex technical information to non-specialists (spoken and in writing).
  • Scientific Software Engineer (SSE): Able to communicate technical information to non-specialists (spoken and in writing).
  • SSSE: Able to take broadly defined concepts or questions from customers or specialists and develop them into high quality solutions or systems which meet user or customer need.
  • SSE: Able to produce a good quality plan and technical implementation of an IT or software concept.
  • A keen interest in information technology, particularly signal processing.
  • SSSE: Able to lead the full software lifecycle including the set-up of project standards and processes for configuration management, code review, release management and testing.
  • SSE: Evidence of working independently, following project standards on configuration management, code review and testing for the full software lifecycle.
  • SSSE: Able to design, write and understand complex code in Python and C++ in a Windows or Linux environment.
  • SSE: Able to design, write and understand moderately complex code in Python and C++ in a Windows or Linux environment.

Desirable skills:

  • An understanding of the principles of remote sensing and basic meteorology.
  • Experience using, or understanding of data formats and standards.
  • An interest or experience of real time hardware control or signal processing.
  • An interest or experience in microwave RF engineering.
  • Experience using VHDL to design FPGA based solutions.

What the Met Office can offer you

The Met Office will invest in your development to help you grow. A competitive pension, relocation allowance, flexible working hours and performance-related pay schemes are offered as well as 27.5 days of holiday to start with an increase to 32.5 days after five years.

Please click link below to access the application page for this post.

Date April 8, 2015

Research Assistant/Associate in Geodesy at Newcastle University


Research Assistant/Associate in Geodesy at Newcastle University

Faculty/Services: Science, Agriculture & Engineering
Department: School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
Job Type: Research
Hours of Work: Full time

Salary: without PhD: £26,274 to £27,864; with PhD: £28,695 to £37,394                                  

Closing date: Tuesday, 5 May 2015

You will join the Geomatics team and carry out research in satellite and ground based deformation monitoring including engineering surveying and the utilisation of GPS observations for the precise determination of horizontal and vertical motions of the Earth's crust and structures on the Earth.  You will disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences, and may also contribute to the engagement activities of the School.  It is also expected that you will contribute practical support to the undergraduate teaching of plane and engineering surveying.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Carry out research into the use of satellite and ground based deformation monitoring techniques including engineering surveying, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

2. Disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences.

3. Provide practical support for the teaching of plane and engineering surveying at undergraduate level.

4. Contribute, as appropriate, to other research, teaching and engagement activities of the School.

Person Specification: Knowledge (inc. qualifications)


A PhD in geodesy, engineering surveying, or a closely related scientific/engineering field, or nearing completion.


  • Knowledge of engineering and/or geophysical applications of geodesy.
  • Full driving licence valid in the UK.

Person Specification: Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)


  • High-quality written and oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Practical skills in terrestrial land / engineering surveying including the use of GNSS.


  • Expertise in scripting under the Linux (UNIX) operating system.
  • Expertise in one or more of the GIPSY/OASIS II, Bernese, PANDA or GAMIT scientific GNSS processing software packages.
  • Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid).


  • A proven or emerging track record of self-motivated progress in academic
  • research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • A demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.


  • Experience of practical demonstrating or small group teaching at undergraduate, Masters or CPD level.
  • Experience of lecturing at undergraduate, Masters or CPD level.
  • Experience of research project supervision.



Willing and able to participate in teaching, research or fieldwork activities which may occasionally include planned work out of normal office hours.


Enthusiastic, self-motivated researcher able to develop ideas for new projects and funding streams.

For additional details about this vacancy and essential information on how to apply, please visit the Newcastle University Job Vacancies web page.

Date April 8, 2015

Data Researcher's post with Groundsure Ltd


Data Researcher

Groundsure works to help solicitors, homebuyers, businesses, consultants, surveyors and lenders make more informed property transaction decisions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to Groundsure’s continuing new product development regime. Reporting to the Research Manager the ideal candidate must have in depth knowledge of environmental data and GIS, be aware of the current constraints (technological and legal) of current data usage, but at the same time be able to envisage realistic possibilities for development within an expanding environmental consultancy and environmental data provision business.

Key Purpose

  • Sourcing and processing of new data, including the creation of process documents
  • QA of new data
  • Manipulation of data to produce statistical reports
  • QA of new products and product improvements
  • Assist in answering data queries from external clients

Key Accountabilities

  • The delivery of accurate and reliable datasets from open sources
  • Robust QA procedures
  • Ensure that data queries are dealt with in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assisting in delivery of new product development and CPD
  • Ability to produce clear procedures to hand on to GIS department
  • Continual procedure improvement
  • Explore data visualisation possibilities within the presentation of information to clients and internally

Qualifications and Experience


  • GIS experience, preferably in Mapinfo
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and produce high quality, well defined outputs
  • Understanding of current environmental legislation and how it relates to Groundsure business
  • Understanding of future environmental legislation and how it relates to Groundsure business
  • An understanding of legal liability issues relating to the provision of Groundsure reports and data
  • Ability to talk to clients on a technical / non-technical basis


  • Knowledge of Groundsure reports, products and data
  • Knowledge of wider aspects of the environment and ability to contribute to new work areas
  • Ability to identify additional client requirements and develop solutions to meet their needs
  • Ability to assist in business development based on experience and knowledge, and client relationships

Skills and Competencies

You will need to be a person with a passion for data, big or small. GIS skills are an essential part of this role, whether obtained through formal qualifications or some years’ experience.

You will need to be able to source data from unlikely but authoritative places, and be able to justify the reasoning behind it and translate into spatial formats that can be used within Groundsure’s business

Planning and time management will be key as you will have to multi-task several projects and deadlines. 

For a full job specification, please visit the website. A CV and covering letter accepted for application.

Closing date: Monday, 27 April 2015.

Date April 7, 2015
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