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Hand-drawn maps of Bristol


Hand-drawn maps of Bristol The BBC has a nice article about hand-drawn maps of Bristol. Gareth Wood has been interested in maps since childhood and when he moved to Bristol 4 years ago he decided to create his own map reflecting the character of the city. The result is a stunning piece of cartography. You can find out more about Gareth's maps on his website Fuller where there is a nice video. The aps will be included in an exhibition at the Its' All 2 Much Gallery from the 2nd May

Date April 8, 2014

PastPlace: Rethinking gazetteers for the semantic web


PastPlace:  Rethinking gazetteers for the semantic web This week's EEO-AGI(S) seminar, hosted by THe University of Edinburgh, is titled "PastPlace: Rethinking gazetteers for the semantic web". The seminar will be presented by Dr. Humphrey Southall of the University of Portsmouth.

The seminar will take place on Friday 11th Apr at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome.

Date April 7, 2014

Introductory R for Spatial Analysis

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Introductory R for Spatial Analysis The University of Leeds are running a course introducing R for Spatial Analysis. R is a powerful programming language originally designed for statistical analysis and visualisation. In recent years there has been rapid progress in R's spatial capabilities, however, allowing it to perform as an integrated tool for processing, modelling and mapping spatial datasets. This course will provide a solid introduction to these capabilities that will act as a foundation for further work. Based on the NCRM working paper Introduction to visualising spatial data in R the course will introduce R's way of 'seeing' spatial data in the 'sp' package. Frequent visualisation is key to R's philosophy and this will be demonstrated by heavy use of plots throughout, both in terms of R's base graphics and the 'ggplot2' package which makes creating beautiful plots a joy, once you have understood its underlying grammar.

Although the course is introductory, it will touch upon more advanced topics such as facet maps - useful for displaying time-series data - and heatmaps. It will also introduce the popular spatial packages including 'rgeos' and 'rgdal'. The course aims to demystify R and demonstrate how it can be an enjoyable tool to use. Used correctly, R will make a useful addition to the 'tool cabinet' of almost anyone dealing with spatial datasets.

No previous experience with R is needed although participants may get more out of the course if they have previously installed R/RStudio and played with its basic functions, e.g. via an "Introduction to R" type tutorial.

When: 12th June 2014
Where: University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Date April 7, 2014

Creating QGIS Plugins in Windows

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Creating QGIS Plugins in Windows There is a very nice little article on the Open Source GIS Blog providing an introduction to creating QGIS plugins in Windows. The process should be easy to encourage as many users to create plugins but there are a few trickier things that have to be over come. The solution to these might not be so apparent to a newbie developer and the blog does a good job of highlighting and addressing these.

Date April 7, 2014

FOSS4G Early bird registration is open

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FOSS4G Early bird registration is open Registration for FOSS4G is now open! Early registrants will receive a discount on registration fees and the benefit of the widest variety of workshop options. (FOSS4G boasts more than 45 workshops this year as part of an excellent program.)

Registration includes evening catered events, the Exhibit Hall Social on Wednesday, and the Thursday night Gala. Early Bird discounts end on June 15th.

There will be optional, additional cost field trips for fun and for education, primarily on the weekend of the 13th-14th.

Date April 4, 2014

ESA lunches first Copernicus Satellite

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ESA lunches first Copernicus Satellite The European Space Agency (ESA) have successfully launched the first satellite i their Copernicus mission. The Sentinel 1A satellite was carried aboard a Soyuz rocket launched from Kourou, French Guiana on the 3rd April 2014.

From ESA "Sentinel-1A opens a new page in the implementation of Copernicus, the second EU flagship space initiative, after the Galileo positioning system,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA.

“The Copernicus programme will provide European citizens with the most ambitious space-based services in the world for environmental and security applications.

“The cooperation between the EU and ESA Member States in the funding of the space infrastructure, the combination of competences and expertise between the European Commission and ESA, and the capabilities of European industry, are putting Europe at the forefront of utilisation of space to benefit citizens, policymakers and the economy.”

Designed as a tandem system, Sentinel 1A and 1B are equipped with powerful Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which will provide continuity with ESA's previous radar satellites ERS-1 and ERS-2.

Date April 4, 2014

Summer Internships at Ordnance Survey


Summer Internships at Ordnance Survey The Ordnance Survey summer internships have just been announced. This is your chance to work for a big mapping agency and gain valuable experience. If you would like to work on real business projects, are prepared to be thrown in at the deep end and want to work with others to find genuine business solutions then our summer intern programme could be the right opportunity for you.

Joining Ordnance Survey as one of our interns will give you a real-life view of what a career with Ordnance Survey would be like – and help you gain valuable insight into our business and culture. Working alongside our specialists in your chosen business area, you will build your skills and confidence as you share in our challenges and successes.

Who: You will be an undergraduate in your first, second or penultimate year of study with 280
UCAS points or equivalent who's on course for a 2:1.

Where/When: Our placements are for 6-12 weeks and are based in our Southampton headquarters. Dates flexible, but in the summer.

Closing date: 22 April 2014

Date April 4, 2014

Bayesian Disease Mapping


Bayesian Disease Mapping Bayesian Disease Mapping is a hands-on statistical modelling course.
Bayesian Disease Mapping is a suite of courses given by Professor Andrew B. Lawson of the Medical University of South Carolina. The course is organised by Dr Pamela Warner, CRFR and Centre for Population Health Sciences, at The University of Edinburgh.

The BDM suite is split into three courses: a course each at Introductory and Advanced levels (IBDM, ABDM), plus a new addition this year, an Introductory course on INLA (BDMI: Bayesian Disease Mapping with INLA).

These three courses can be booked singly or in combination. Understanding/expertise to the level of IBDM (Introductory course) is required/advised for attendance at either of the other two courses and, in addition, BDMI (INLA software) skill-set is a pre-requisite for attending the ABDM (Advanced) course. Discounts apply for those from Academic/Charity institutions, and when a combination of two or more courses is booked by one individual.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the basic issues, methods and techniques used in the analysis of spatial health data using a Bayesian approach. They will gain insight into the detailed analysis of practical problems in risk estimation and cluster detection. The courses are presented by a leading researcher in the field of disease mapping and spatial epidemiology.

Course Dates: 23 to 27 June 2014.

Date April 3, 2014

Ordnance Survey launches OS Ride app

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Ordnance Survey launches OS Ride app The Ordnance Survey have just released an app aimed at cyclists heading to Yorkshire this summer to follow the Tour de France Grand Depart.

The app, OS Ride, contains detailed route maps for the 3 UK stages. Unfortunately, the app is currently only available for iOS and there is no indication that there will be other versions to support Android and Windows phones. Hopefully the OS pln to support other handsets soon.

Date April 3, 2014

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using QGIS

Under 50 GBP UK GIS Learning Resource Open Source Cost

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using QGIS This 1.5 day course provides an introduction to QGIS, an open source Geographic Information System software package. You will be introduced to the various components of the software and learn how to work with both vector and raster data layers. You will learn how to run simple geospatial analyses, how to edit existing maps and how to create maps using your own data, which we encourage you to bring with you to the course. Lectures will be interspersed with hands-on practical exercises. A variety of datasets will be used that cover socio-economic as well as physical geography domains.

Please note: this is an entry level GIS course and is therefore not appropriate for experienced ArcGIS or MapInfo users wanting to learn QGIS. We can recommend alternatives for you.

When: June 19-20, 2014
Where:G19, East Building, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Fees: £45 for UK postgraduate students; £90 for RCUK funded researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations; £220 for all others. (Fees include course materials, lunch on the first day and refreshments throughout).

Date April 2, 2014
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