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Free Open Source GIS RS Programming

Rasterio Rasterio is a clean and fast and geospatial raster I/O for Python programmers who use Numpy. Rasterio exists to let Python programmers read and write Numpy arrays (or other array-like objects providing the PEP 3118 buffer interface) from and to raster data files.

Rasterio is written using Cython, so it’s fast and has Python 2/3 compatibility. It is available through GitHub.

Date January 6, 2014

USGS - Historical Topographic Maps

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USGS - Historical Topographic Maps In 2009, USGS began the release of a new generation of topographic maps (US Topo) in electronic form, and is now complementing them with the release of high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States. The topographic map remains an indispensable tool for everyday use in government, science, industry, land management planning, and leisure.

The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 193,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. These maps are either no longer available for distribution in print or are being replaced by the new generation of US Topo maps

Date January 3, 2014

Introduction to GIS - Using ArcGIS

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Introduction to GIS - Using ArcGIS A quick reminder that the University of Leeds is running a course providing an Introduction to GIS – Using ArcGIS on the 16th January.

This 1.5 day course provides an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using ESRI's ArcGIS version 10.1 software. It provides participants with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with using and navigating the software, as well as focussing on the skills of data entry, data manipulation, editing, analysis and mapping. The emphasis of this course is working with vector data in the context of a variety of socio-economic applications. The course will mix teaching with demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

It is assumed that participants have no prior knowledge or experience of using ArcGIS, but will be familiar with the Microsoft Windows environment.

Cost: £45 for UK registered postgraduate students and £90 for academics/staff at UK Institutes of Higher Education (Fee includes lunch on first day and refreshments throughout).

Event address: Room G.19, School of Geography, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Date: 16-17th January

Date January 3, 2014

ESRC PhD Studentships - Cardiff University

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ESRC PhD Studentships - Cardiff University The School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University are inviting applications for five ESRC funded PhD Studentships for the 2014/15 academic year. The awards are available on a 1+3 (MSc in Social Science Research Methods followed by 3 year PhD) or +3 (PhD only) basis.

Four of these studentships are ‘open’ awards therefore the School welcomes proposals in a wide range of areas, and encourage applications from human geographers, planners and other social scientists. GIS and Remote sensing could certainly be integral elements to your research.

The fifth studentship is dedicated to a project in animal geography, a growing research area of the school. It is available on a +3 basis only and the research topic is ‘Where the Wild Things Are: Living with and Governing Wild Boar’. The supervisor for this project will be Dr Gareth Enticott. GIS and Remote sensing are not mentioned, but could certainly form part of this project.

Closing Date: 4pm on Friday 21st February 2014

Date January 3, 2014

PhD Studentships - Leicester

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PhD Studentships - Leicester The Department of Geography / Centre for Landscape and Climate Research at the University of Leicester are offering a number of PhD Studentships for 2014. There are a couple of projects that fit into GIS and Remote Sensing:

  • Characterising urban climates using remote sensing – a tool for risk mapping
  • Integrating forest allometric models, LiDAR, and SAR remote sensing for monitoring deforestation and forest degradation at global scale

Closing Date: Friday 31 January 2014

In addition the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research are offering a NERC-CASE studentship looking at Remote sensing methods for the identification of trees affected by invasive phytopathogens.
Closing Date: Monday 31 March 2014

The centre provides a vibrant and stimulating research environment, with a substantial group of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics in Physical Geography, GIScience/Remote Sensing and Human Geography. A total of 90% of our research was graded as international quality in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 and we have made a very strong submission for the Research Excellence Framework 2014, reflecting high levels of research income and research impact.

Date January 3, 2014

IJHG November-December 2013 edition available online

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IJHG November-December 2013 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 18 November 2013 to 21 December 2013.


Using simple agent-based modeling to inform and enhance neighborhood walkability. Badland H, White M, MacAulay G, Eagleson S, Mavoa S, Pettit C and Giles-Corti B.

Using google street view for systematic observation of the built environment: analysis of spatio-temporal instability of imagery dates. Curtis JW, Curtis A, Mapes J, Szell AB and Cinderich A.


People living in hilly residential areas in metropolitan Perth have less diabetes: spurious association or important environmental determinant? Villanueva K, Knuiman M, Koohsari MJ, Hickey S, Foster S, Badland H, Nathan A, Bull F and Giles-Corti B.

Comparing self-identified and census-defined neighborhoods among adolescents using GPS and accelerometer. Robinson AI and Oreskovic NM.

How many suffice? A computational framework for sizing sentinel surveillance networks. Fairchild G, Polgreen PM, Foster E, Rushton G and Segre AM.

Spatial autocorrelation in uptake of antenatal care and relationship to individual, household and village-level factors: results from a community-based survey of pregnant women in six districts in western Kenya. Prudhomme O’Meara W, Platt A, Naanyu V, Cole D and Ndege S.

Detecting cancer clusters in a regional population with local cluster tests and Bayesian smoothing methods: a simulation study. Lemke D, Mattauch V, Heidinger O, Pebesma E and Hense H.

Date December 26, 2013

Geomatics and mapping, a prospective vision


Geomatics and mapping, a prospective vision The Laboratory CEDETE ( Centre for the Study of Development Planning and Environment ) at the University of Orleans is pleased to invite you to attend the Geomatics and mapping, a prospective vision conference. The conference will take place between the 2nd July and 3rd July 2014.

Geomatics is essential today in areas related to knowledge representation, management, and spatial planning. Highlight the main lines of development of the various disciplines, technologies, methods and applications This symposium aims. It as another objective to highlight methods and original and innovative enabling policymakers to make informed choices applications. An emphasis will be placed on information technology and the most innovative communication.

Teacher-researchers and practitioners to present their work (seminars and workshops) organized four workshops:

  • The decision mapping,
  • Land management of tomorrow
  • The acquisition and structuring of databases,
  • New trends in the field of geovisualization.

Date December 20, 2013

OS OpenData masterclass materials

Free Learning Resource GIS UK

OS OpenData masterclass materials If you are new to GIS and want to get more out of both data and software you should have a look at the course material that the Ordnance Survey have just made available.

The Ordnance Survey run a series of workshops that focus on their OpenData. The series was run through late Autumn and early Winter and covered many aspects associated with using spatial data. There were sessions on spatial querying, geocoding and cartographic design. If you didn't manage to get along to the workshops then you can download the exercises and work through them yourself. And, because the exercises all make use of OS OpenData anyone can follow them. For each exercise there is a zip folder of data and a PDF workbook making it really quite simple to follow.

Date December 16, 2013

IS Designer - Ordnance Survey


IS Designer - Ordnance Survey The Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit a IS Designer. You will apply your deep knowledge and hands on experience of scrum based Geospatial development in a lead role in the design, development and delivery of our core geospatial applications. You will be designing solutions to support a number of projects across our enterprise to fit customer requirements. Actively participating within an agile software development team, working at the cutting edge of geospatial development in the UK, you will drive forward software engineering best practice and champion team delivery to ensure the delivery of continual benefit to the business.

Essential Skills

  • Very good track record with evidence in the delivery of Design of
  • Applications within an Agile environment
  • Good knowledge and skills in enterprise design across at least one key technology area including Integration with existing systems
  • Very good knowledge of relevant industry Best Practices
  • Very good skills in resolving complex design problems and issues
  • Expert knowledge in Geospatial software development using Scrum

Salary: Salary: £31,879.00 - 39,148.00, plus excellent benefits
Closing Date: 20 December 2013

Date December 16, 2013

Data and Visualisation - 2013 review

World Programming GIS

Data and Visualisation - 2013 review A great post from Flowing Data highlighting the best data visualisations of the year. There are some crackers in there and they demonstrate how data viz has been maturing. As our Wolrd becomes increasingly data rich visulisations become increasingly important as they allow readers to extract useful information from the data. The visualisations are very America focused so perhaps someone should put together another list that is more global. This might be a good place to start.

Date December 16, 2013
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