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FOSS4G Community voting - 5th May

Open Source GIS RS

FOSS4G Community voting - 5th May The community and conference registrants will have an opportunity to read through and score potential presentations prior to the selection of the final conference program.

There is enough room in the conference schedule for about 192 presentations. The conference committee will use the aggregate scores from the community review process to help choose which presentations to accept, and to assign presentations to appropriately sized rooms.

The community review process is an important part of creating a conference that benefits and reflects the community. Your input is a significant part of what makes FOSS4G a great conference. Note that you do not need to be registered for the conference to vote. And remember, all presentations will be available online, so even if you are unable to attend, your vote matters.

Community review deadline: May 5, 2014.

Date April 30, 2014

Edina Geoforum 2014 - 19th June


Edina Geoforum 2014 - 19th June EDINA Geoforum is a free all day event aimed at UK university lecturers, researchers and support staff who promote and support the use of geo-services at their institution. The day will inform you of current geospatial developments at EDINA and the wider community. It will also be an opportunity for you to give us feedback on the services we are providing and discuss geospatial issues with the team and other geo-data experts.

It will be an all-day event with demonstrations and talks showcasing what can be achieved with geospatial data, our recent progress and future developments. This year's theme is the Environment but we are there to discuss all the Digimap services; please join us and share your views.

Reasons for Attending:

  • Keynote speaker: Peter Gibbs, BBC and Met Office forecaster and
  • Get up-to-date with all the newest geo-datasets and services
    enhancements from EDINA.
  • Find out about the upcoming version of Digimap designed for Further
  • Find out how site reps at other institutions are promoting and
    supporting the use of geo-services.
  • Find out about the new Ordnance Survey licence and how it affects your
  • Meet representatives from mapping organisations such as Ordnance Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and SeaZone.

When:June 19, 2014
Where: Edinburgh, UK

Additional information and booking details can be found via the link below. Please note, this event is restricted to the UK HE-FE sector.

Date April 29, 2014

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales

Cost GIS UK Over 50 GBP Hard Copy

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales A new book for anyone interested in health statistics in England and Wales. Plus it has many very nice maps.

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is an authoritative collection of over 80 full colour maps showing geographic patterns of common environmental agents and health conditions of public health importance including mortality, cancer incidence and birth weight, along with interpretive text.

Each chapter provides an overview of the evidence on potential health impacts of environmental agents, particularly how they might relate to the geographical variations in disease risk. The health chapters show recent time trends within England and Wales and, where available, comparative maps of Europe and the world, and provide summary statistics for the data presented. This information is also discussed in the context of other risk factors.

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales informs researchers, policy-makers and the public on the geographic patterns of disease and potential exposure to various environmental agents. It has been developed to assist in developing hypotheses and research into the reasons for variability in disease risk that may relate to environmental agents. It is essential reading for public health professionals and academics from within the fields of public health, epidemiology, health geography and statistics.

Cost: £75

Date April 28, 2014

Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins

Open Source Learning Resource GIS

Getting started writing QGIS 2.x plugins Anita Graser has written an excellent article for her blog, Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings, which should help people get started writing plugins for QGIS. No matter how easy it seems, there is always a technical hurdle to getting started with unfamiliar tech and this blog article aims to help new developers get over that hurdle.

Date April 28, 2014

Research Associate in Arctic Hydrology

Research GIS World

The Cold Regions Water Science project at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Research Associate position in Arctic Hydrology. The successful candidate will support a Canadian Research Chair and Canadian Foundation for Innovation program led by Philip Marsh. This program will carry out hydrological research in the Western Canadian Arctic that is focussed on understanding the linkages between climate, vegetation, snow, permafrost and hydrology.

The successful candidate will be involved in all components of the research program, including:

  • field instrument selection and testing; field site selection; field installation; and post field data analysis to ensure instrumentation operation. Field work will be carried out at remote sites in the Northwest Territories, including sites in the Inuvik region, where the candidate will be involved in field camp building and maintenance.
  • The successful candidate must be comfortable working in remote areas under extreme climate.
  • analysis of hydrological field data and hydrological model data.
  • analysis of remote sensing data sets (LiDAR, Satellite images, and aerial photographs) and GIS analysis is required for all aspects of this project.


  • MSc, or PhD, in the natural sciences from a recognized university, with a specialization in hydrology, cryospheric sciences, or atmospheric sciences coupled with relevant training and field experience.
  • Experience in: conducting hydrologic field research in wilderness settings; using and trouble shooting a suite of hydrological and/or atmospheric field instruments; programming Campbell Scientific Data Loggers; using and maintaining snowmobiles, boats, motors, trailers, and trucks; small construction projects typical of remote field camps; using various GIS and Remote Sensing software; analysis in hydrological field, and model, data; troubleshooting and running hydrological models would be an asset.
  • this position will require regular travel to field sites in Arctic Canada
  • Must be self-directed and able to work independently
  • Computer skills are required in MS Excel and Powerpoint; Matlab or other similar scientific analysis software; remote sensing software; GIS software;
  • Ability to process and analyze various remote sensing data sets, including Lidar, aerial photographs, and satellite images;
  • Scientific and technical writing skills are an asset;
  • Experience in coding in Fortran, C++, or other computer languages are an asset.
  • Currently have, or a willingness to learn or obtain, wilderness first aid; firearms safety; tower climbing safety.

To be considered for this position, please send your CV, letter of introduction, names of three references to: Philip Marsh, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University. pmarsh@wlu.ca.

Date April 28, 2014

Health Atlas for England and Wales


Health Atlas for England and Wales NHS Choices have published a health atlas that maps the risk of a number of illnesses across England and Wales. The research behind the map, which compiles data from over 25 years, was carried out by Imperial College London.

The Data was collected between 1985 and 2009 from the ONS and from cancer registers. The 11 diseases and conditions that have been mapped are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Bladder cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Liver cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • COPD mortality
  • Kidney disease
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight

A cursory glance at the map will reveal expected trends such as the risk of skin cancer being higher in the South-East where there is more sunshine and higher risks of lung cancer coinciding with larger cities where airborne pollutants are more likely. However, i am sure that there are other interesting observations that could be extracted if you have time to explore the data.

You can explore some of the data on the NHS Choices website and read about it on the Independent and the BBC website

Date April 25, 2014

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS

UK GIS Learning Resource Cost

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS This is a 1.5 day course introducing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using ESRI's ArcGIS version 10 software. It builds on basic knowledge of data manipulation, mapping and analysis, introducing the Spatial Analyst extension. The emphasis of this course is working with raster data in the context of a variety of environmental applications by exploring surface geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS. Common raster data sources will be used including Ordnance Survey terrain data and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology land cover maps (via Digimap). The course will cover the basics of grid-based modelling (local, focal, zonal and global functions) and develop a wider understanding of the capabilities of ArcGIS and raster analysis in the context of terrain and hydrological modelling. The course will mix teaching with demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

When: 19th-20th May 2014
Where: Leeds, UK
Cost: £45 for UK postgraduate students, £90 for RCUK funded researchers/ staff at UK universities.

Date April 24, 2014

OSGIS submission deadline extended

Open Source GIS RS UK

OSGIS submission deadline extended Because of many requests for extension because initial deadline clashing with Easter holidays , the conference have decided to extend the submission deadline by one week (2nd May 2014)

This conference series is based in the UK open source GIS community but has an international reach and holistic outlook bringing together speakers and delegates from government, academia, industry, software development, open source communities, geospatial research, and elsewhere. High profile speakers from around the globe will give presentations and hands-on workshops at the conference.

Date April 24, 2014

QGIS tutorial - Make a basic map

Free Open Source Learning Resource GIS

Mango have release a couple of basic tutorials on QGIS which should help newbie users get started with the software. The tutorials are:

  • The Interface - just the basics showing you where the buttons are, what each panel does and so on.
    After completing this section, you will be able to correctly identify the main elements of the screen in QGIS and know what each of them does, and load a shapefile into QGIS.
  • Make a basic map - exactly what it says on the tin. Everything we need to know in order create and style a basic map.
    After completing this module, you will be able to correctly load vector layers and apply styles to them and also be able to apply advanced styling techniques to your map layers.

Date April 24, 2014

Postgres Engineer - Ordnance Survey

UK Programming GIS

Postgres Engineer - Ordnance Survey The Ordnance Survey are now looking for a Postgres engineer to help build the next generation of database technology. In this role you will use your in-depth, hands-on experience of database technologies to work in new projects which enhance the database infrastructure for a variety of bespoke and specialist systems. This will include coaching and supporting software development teams so they understand how to implement these technologies. You will deliver business value through the development and support of databases using open source technologies such as PostGis and PostGres utilising appropriate Agile practises. You may also be engineering Postgres to deliver some form of high availability / clustering solution.

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

  • As a PostGres and DBA Engineer using proprietary and open source technologies
  • Changing and improving
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at Pace

Salary: £33,139.00 - 39,509.00
Closing Date: 2 May 2014

Date April 23, 2014
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