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Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) - University of Canterbury

World GIS Research Job

Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) - University of Canterbury The GeoHealth Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury invites applications for a Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis). The successful applicant will have training and research experience in health and medical geography, public health, social epidemiology and/or related discipline. Combined with strong GIS skills and good quantitative and analytical skills developed through their graduate career (including at least one to two years relevant GIS work experience), the appointee will be expected to perform a variety of tasks including: undertaking key GIS and spatial data analyses; providing a level of GIS and research support to staff at the HDI Unit; contributing to various health-related research projects; and contributing to the writing and dissemination of research outputs through peer reviewed publications, conferences and workshops.

The GeoHealth Laboratory is a joint venture between the University of Canterbury (UC) and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. A number of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, research fellows and postgraduate students who are based in or affiliated with the GeoHealth Laboratory help in providing a supportive research environment.

This is a fixed term position based in the Health and Disability Intelligence ('HDI') Unit (part of the Ministry of Health) in Wellington and is available immediately.

Closing Date: 25th September 2014

Date September 1, 2014

Special GIScience Research Sessions Esri International Users Conference

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Special GIScience Research Sessions Esri International Users Conference Esri invites you to present a peer-reviewed paper in a series of special joint GIScience Research Sessions for the 2015 Esri International Users Conference and Educational User Conference. Papers in this special track must focus on cutting-edge research in GIScience. Full papers will be included in a special issue of Transactions in GIS to be
distributed at the 2015 Esri International User and Education User Conferences. Abstracts (< 500 words) must be submitted to Dr. John Wilson, University of Southern California, by 15th November, 2014.

The Transactions in GIS editorial team will review abstracts based on their GIScience content and select nine abstracts to become full papers. Notice of acceptance will occur by 1st December, 2014. Full papers (maximum 6,000 words plus figures, tables, and references in appropriate format for publication) must be submitted to Dr. Wilson for
independent review by 9th January, 2015. Reviewed papers will be returned to authors by 13th February, 2015 and final manuscripts must be returned by 6th March, 2015, to be included in the special issue of Transactions in GIS.

Deadline: 15th November 2014

Date August 29, 2014

OS Geospatial standards policy just released

OS Geospatial standards policy just released This document sets out Ordnance Survey's policy position relating to the adoption of geospatial or location standards for OS business and participation in activity that develops standards.

This 13 page document is available on the OS website.

Date August 28, 2014

Webinar series invitation: Introducing the QGIS Academy Project

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Webinar series invitation: Introducing the QGIS Academy Project As part of the Open Geospatial Science & Applications series, this webinar will be about the QGIS Academy, which is an initiative to establish a national GIS education infrastructure focusing on Free & Open Source Software for GIS (FOSS4G).

The Academy is a consortium of two-year community colleges and four year universities committed to bringing GIS technical education to students and educators worldwide. QGIS Academy are one of the many projects under the OSGeo 'Geo for All' initiative. The Academy is now offering a new Workforce Certificate in Geospatial Technology based upon a series of five online courses, all based on QGIS software. This presentation will focus on the content, delivery, costs and purpose of this new online course offering.

This event is suitable for secondary school educators and students, two and four year college educators and students, students in need of GIS skills, workers seeking to broaden technology skills and anyone desiring QGIS and open source knowledge and skills.


* Dr. Phillip Davis, project director,
* Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas;
* Dr. Richard Smith, subject matter expert, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas;
* Kurt Menke, subject matter expert, owner Birds Eye View GIS, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
* Dr. John Van Hoesen, subject matter expert, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont.

Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers by sending their comments and questions through chat.

Friday, September 5, 2014
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM GMT

Please book your place on the webinar registration page.

This webinar is free.

Date August 28, 2014
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Mapping London's Exhibition of Rare Maps at the Totally Thames festival


Mapping London Mapping London is providing a fascinating exhibition of rare maps of London from 1572 to 2013 at Totally Thames, an annual, 30-day spectacular programme of events, celebrating the River Thames across its 42 London miles.

Totally Thames features arts, music and community festivals; colourful regattas; thrilling river races; foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities; as well as river-linked activities in the 17 London riverside boroughs.

Situated in a gallery beside the river it documents, this intriguing exhibition of rare maps of London shows how the landscape bordering the Thames has changed over the past 500 years.

Curated by Daniel Crouch, one of the world’s leading specialist map dealers, it will include the first available map of the capital, dating from 1572, a contemporary map of underground London from 2013, several impressive monumental wall maps, and even a map of London that doubles up as fan. Aimed at introducing people to the mapmakers’ art by displaying 500 years of cartography in one location, this fascinating show will include very large maps not normally viewable as framed works of art, as well as the first three printed surveys of the capital, dating from 1746, 1799 and 1827. The largest map on display measures 4m by 2m.

Dates: Thursday, 4 September to Sunday, 14 September 2014
Times: 11am to 6pm

Oxo Tower Wharf,
Bargehouse Street,
South Bank,
London, SE1 9PH

This event is free

Date August 28, 2014

Landscape Survey Group Conference

Landscape Survey Group Conference This is the inaugural conference of the Landscape Survey Group, which will be held at the University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute on Gell Street.

The conference will offer fresh perspectives on archaeological survey by highlighting new approaches and the application of innovative techniques to landscape recording and interpretation. The conference will combine a day of talks, posters and demonstrations, with a field visit to local landscapes on the second day; registration is possible for either one or both days.

Friday 19 September, 10am to 5pm

Alastair Oswald, University of Sheffield: Introduction
Angela Gannon, RCAHMS: Seeing is believing... and how do we classify what we see?
Jon Humble, English Heritage: Fathoming new approaches to the subterranean archaeological resource.
Jamie Quartermaine, Oxford Archaeology: Photogrammetric modelling of archaeological sites using UAVs: a new take on an old survey method.
Stewart Ainsworth, University of Chester: Connecting communities and landscape archaeology: field survey projects in the North Pennines and Shropshire.
Lawrence Shaw, New Forest National Park Authority: ‘There’s an app for that’: using tablets and smartphones to improve the ergonomics of landscape survey in the New Forest.
Damien Campbell-Bell, University of Southampton: The Wisdom of the Crowd: Developing crowd-sourced interpretations of landscape.
Jessica Murray, University of Oxford: A GIS-based analysis of hillfort location and morphology.
Mark Bowden, English Heritage: The Ordnance Survey and perceptions of the British landscape: lessons for the future?
Alex Langlands, University of Winchester: Editing the landscape: palimpsests, horizontal stratigraphy and Ordnance Survey digital data.
Dave Cowley, RCAHMS: Algorithms and 'feature-extraction' - what role in landscape survey?
James Moore, University of the Highlands and Islands: Pixels and polygons or places and practices? Interpreting multiple survey datasets in landscape archaeology.
Marcus Abbott, ArcHeritage: Digitally examining the landscape of Kedleston Hall Derbyshire.

Saturday 20 September 8.30am to 3.30pm

Saturday's fieldtrip will involve visits to several multi-period landscapes on the Eastern Moors of the Peak District National Park: Gardom's Edge, Longshaw Estate, Big Moor and Burbage (exact itinerary to be confirmed and dependent on weather). Perhaps most famous for their later prehistoric monuments, fields and settlements, the Eastern Moors preserve a wealth of archaeological features and reveal a complex and distinctive history.

Conference attendees will benefit from the wisdom of key fieldworkers who completed pioneering research on the moors, hear from the archaeologists involved in recently completed surveys, and discuss the current management and interpretation of the area with land managers. This a great opportunity to visit (or reacquaint yourself with) some classic multi-period upland landscapes, learn about new fieldwork, and discuss the value of landscape survey for the understanding, management and public interpretation of the moors.

Registration now welcome for the full programme (£25 members, £30 non-members), Friday conference only, including lunch (£20 members, £25 non-members) or Saturday field trip only (£15 members, £20 non-members). Registration form available on the conference website.

Please send applications and cheques (payable to the Landscape Survey Group) to

Nathalie Barrett
HSS Faculty,
University of Winchester,
Winchester SO22 4NR

or email her at nathalie.barrett at winchester.ac.uk for other payment options. Please use these contact details for any queries regarding the conference or field trip arrangements, or if you would like to contribute posters or displays that address the theme of the conference.

Date August 27, 2014

MapAction - Head of Institutional Partnerships


MapAction - Head of Institutional Partnerships MapAction is a leading humanitarian mapping charity. It deploys skilled volunteers to international humanitarian emergencies to map priority needs. This mapped information helps responders target their response effectively, contributing to saving lives and minimising suffering.

Following a recent strategic review, MapAction has set itself ambitious targets to double its emergency response capacity by the end of 2018. It is seeking an experienced fundraiser to increase the charity’s funding from statutory sources (UK and international) to support this strategic growth.

This role is central to generating increased income from institutional donors, with particular emphasis on statutory funders (UK and international).

This is a part-time, permanent position pending the successful completion of a three-month probationary period

Salary: £33,000 – £35,000 p.a. (FTE, pro-rated)
Closing Date: 9am on Monday 15th September 2014

Date August 27, 2014

4 reasons to get into QGIS

Free Open Source GIS

4 reasons to get into QGIS QGIS is an amazing piece of software and its functionality just keeps increasing. There are many reasons why it might be worth taking a look at but Under the Raedar has provided 4 that he feels are quite compelling.

Alasdair has provided some graphical outputs from his work which were produced in QGIS and are quite stunning. More importantly, the graphics are intuitive and allow users to understand the data. Anyway, to find out what made Alasdair's top 4, please click the link below to read his blog.

Date August 27, 2014

Mapping it Out: Contemporary Cartographies

Cost GIS UK Under 20 GBP

Mapping it Out: Contemporary Cartographies Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and art critic, discusses his new Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies: a book of explorations of mapping by contributors including Yoko Ono, Mona Hatoum, Tim Berners-Lee, Gilbert and George, and Damien Hirst; while British Library Maps curator Tom Harper and map specialist Tim Bryars also introduce A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps.

When:Monday 10 November
Where: British Library, Conference Centre
Cost: £8 / £6 / £5

Date August 26, 2014

QGIS user group meeting - Scotland

UK GIS Open Source

QGIS user group meeting - Scotland The next #QGIS user group in Scotland is happening on 21st October 2014. The event will be held at the University of Edinburgh's Informatics forum. At the moment we are looking for suggestion for workshops and presentations. If you have any ideas, or even better, if you want to give a presentation or a workshop please drop an email to Mcdonaldr@angus.gov.uk or twitter @mixedbredie would work too

More information on the event will follow.

Date August 26, 2014
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