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Esri post: Software Product Engineer


Esri post: Software Product Engineer

Edinburgh based with occasional travel.

ESRI is the world leader in Geographic Information Systems. Their technology unlocks the power of geography and data to help people better understand the world around them and design a smarter future.

Esri has an exciting opportunity for a Software Product Engineer in our ArcGIS Runtime SDK team working on Java and Android platforms (see http://developers.arcgis.com). Our SDKs allow developers to create high impact mapping applications on native platforms.

As a Java technologist you will contribute to critical areas of product development including:

  • Technical authoring
  • Functional and stress testing
  • API design
  • User requirements gathering
  • Contribution to online forums and industry conferences
  • Integration with other ArcGIS and server technologies

Esri is looking for a remarkable candidate who can offer:

  • A Degree (2:1 or higher) in computing, GIS or similar fields
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Java development experience with Java SE or Android
  • Experience of using web services
  • An understanding of database, server and cloud based architectures
  • JUnit, Python, C++ or SQL experience would be beneficial

Esri is looking for either experienced or graduate applicants who seek a stimulating career working in a world class team.

If you would like to apply then please write to Esri at hrteam at esriuk.com including a CV and covering letter. Please include details of your current and expected salary package, and provide details of your availability for interview and employment if your application is successful.

Date July 9, 2015

PhD Studentship at SRUC: Spatial econometric modelling of land use and ecosystem services

PhD Studentship at SRUC: Spatial econometric modelling of land use and ecosystem services

Salary: £14,057 stipend per annum
Location: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh

This is a fixed term vacancy (3.5 years).

The closing date for the return of applications is 5pm on Monday, 3 August 2015.


SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industry founded on world class, sector leading research, education and consultancy. SRUC’s joint submission with the University of Edinburgh to the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science subpanel of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) ranks top in the UK on research power.

Changes in land use affect not only the production of food and timber, but also other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and biodiversity. The multifunctionality of agricultural activity is increasingly recognised by policy makers and requires the development of integrated assessment tools to analyse the trade-offs and synergies between food security, energy, climate and biodiversity. Because environmental conditions vary across space, integrated assessments of the trade-offs and synergies between multiple policy objectives need to be spatially explicit.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop a spatially explicit integrated assessment model of land use change. The model will be used to provide robust evidence for policy development and appraisal of the impacts of the recent EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform on land use, production and ecosystem services.

The study will draw on spatial data regarding land use, agricultural production, climate and environmental indicators and will use econometric tools to estimate land use models. The models will be used to simulate public policies and to analyse their impacts. While the work will primarily focus on the UK, there will be an opportunity to explore French and European datasets. The student is expected to spend an extended period of time in France, at the Joint Research Unit in Public Economics (a research and teaching unit at INRA focussing on agricultural and environmental applied economics). This will provide an opportunity to collaborate with the co-supervisor Dr Raja Chakir and other researchers and postgraduate students working on similar topics.

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (economics or environmental / agricultural economics) with a strong quantitative component (statistics/econometrics). Prior knowledge of agriculture, land use and environmental interactions as well as experience of managing and analysing large datasets including spatial data analysis is desirable but not essential.

This is a joint research project between SRUC, INRA and the University of Edinburgh. The student will be based in SRUC’s Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh. The student will be registered at the University of Edinburgh and will work under the supervision of Dr Klaus Glenk in association with Dr Raja Chakir (INRA), Vera Eory (SRUC) and Dr Ron Wilson (University of Edinburgh).

This 3.5 year studentship provides a stipend of £14,057 per annum and is funded to pay the University tuition fees for UK/European Union students only. The expected start date is September/October 2015.

Online applications for this post can be submitted via the SRUC website. Alternatively application packs can be requested from audrey.johnstone@sruc.ac.uk (phone 0131 535 4028) quoting reference SRUC/1030400/Glenk, Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form. To have an informal discussion about this studentship, contact Dr Klaus Glenk, klaus.glenk at sruc.ac.uk, telephone: 0131 535 4176.

Please note that you will be asked to register before filling in an online application.

Date July 8, 2015

PostGIS 2.1.8 release announcement

PostGIS 2.1.8 release announcement

Due to a number of bugs capable of crashing a back-end, PostGIS has just released 2.1.8. If you are running an earlier version on a public site, it's recommended that you update as soon as possible with this version.

Date July 7, 2015

Project Officer's (GIS) post at Sustrans


Project Officer

Salary:  £21,321 - £23,864 per annum (dependent on relevant skills and experience)
Conditions:  37.5 hours per week
Location:  central Bristol
Reference:  SUS1476

In this role, you will be responsible for all GIS data within Sustrans including the management of databases and updating of datasets, to provide GIS services and training to internal teams and to liaise with partner organisations.

With expertise in GIS software,  you will have experience of project management, a detailed knowledge of data collection hardware, software and methodologies and a high degree of work accuracy.

Your strong data-management, communication and presentation skills will be matched by your level of IT literacy. You will have the ability to work accurately without detailed supervision, to prioritise your own workload, and have the confidence to organise and run training. You will be committed to sustainable transport.

Experience of basic programming languages and of web content management software is desirable, as is a sound geographical knowledge of the UK and of GPS technology.

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Monday, 20 July 2015.

Date July 7, 2015

Head of Mapping and Retail Services post at Sustrans


Head of Mapping and Retail Services post at Sustrans

Salary: £31,546 to £35,945 per annum (depending on relevant skills and experience)
Conditions: 37.5 hours per week
Location: central Bristol
Reference: SUS1455

The exciting challenges and responsibilities of this role will be to manage and deliver all Sustrans mapping services for both internal and external clients and to general profit through the planning, promotion and development of products and retail operation.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, with evidence of sales and marketing success, you will have previous experience of managing a team, of working in a busy environment managing multiple priorities and of project management. You will have developed strategies, action plans and delivery models and have worked with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. You will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, the ability to plan, prioritise and work to tight deadlines and to develop and maintain strong working relationships. You will have knowledge of sales and marketing techniques, a good geographical awareness of the UK and an understanding of the application of GIS. You will also be committed to the promotion of sustainable transport.

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Monday, 20 July 2015.

Please visit the Sustrans website to apply.

Date July 7, 2015

Release of SPOT (Take5) data

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Release of SPOT (Take5) data

ESA and CNES have announced the release of the data acquired from the SPOT (Take5) experiments leading up to the 3rd of June 2015. These data are aimed at helping users get familiar with high resolution time series with characteristics similar to those of the just launched Sentinel-2.

The SPOT (Take5) experiments used SPOT as a simulator of the image time series that ESA's Sentinel-2 mission will provide. The SPOT4 (Take5) experiment was operated by CNES during the first half of 2013 over 45 sites with the SPOT4 satellite. It received support from ESA, NASA, JRC and CCRS and was proposed by CESBIO. The SPOT5 (Take5) experiment is jointly conducted by CNES and ESA from April to September 2015 over 150 sites with the SPOT5 satellite. SPOT (Take5) Data are processed by THEIA land data center and are distributed with a free and open policy via the joint ESA-CNES webportal spot-take5.org.

Two levels of products include the following:

Level 1C : Ortho-rectified images expressed in top of atmosphere reflectance.

Level 2A : Ortho-rectified images expressed in surface reflectance with a cloud and cloud shadow mask.

The file format for both Level 1C and Level 2A is detailed here: http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?page_id=1822
Some explanations on how the the distribution server works are available here: http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=5250

Date July 2, 2015

Swiss Use TatukGIS SDK for Road Infrastructure Management

Swiss Use TatukGIS SDK for Road Infrastructure Management

Switzerland based geologix AG has used the TatukGIS Developer Kernel to develop GIS functionality in its "Logo" information system for planning, managing, and maintaining road infrastructure. Logo is addressed to all persons and organizations entrusted with roads administration, including road engineering and construction planning. Logo customers in Switzerland and Germany range from smaller communes with up to 30 km of roads and streets, cities with up to 500 km of road and streets, to counties/states with more than 3,000 km of roads and streets to manage.

With its modular design, Logo can be adapted to different requirements. Dedicated modules contain functions and models for managing the whole range of road-related infrastructure, including pavement quality, drainage, bridges, road signs, signalization, street lighting and power consumption, speed restrictions, traffic levels, traffic accident details, traffic noise pollution calculation and abatement, inspection and repair inventory, roadwork maintenance planning, and project management.

With its easy to use and comprehensive user interface, all infrastructure objects can be generated, displayed, reported on, and analyzed. Pre-defined reports or custom reports defined from unique queries can be superimposed and displayed. Maps are generated in real time, showing the location of data being reported on using different colors. The data can be imported and exported in various formats. Logo supports interfaces to many specialized road data acquisition systems and GIS applications using OGC standards. Pictures and videos can be integrated into customer solutions, offering a better orientation to the "real world".

Learn more about the Logo road information system by visiting the geologix web site at: www.geologix.ch
Learn more about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel at: www.tatukgis.com

Date July 2, 2015

Landsat Non-Federal User Requirements Analysis Questionnaire


Landsat Non-Federal User Requirements Analysis Questionnaire

The Landsat Advisory Group is a subcommittee of the Department of Interior's National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

The Group wants feedback which will be used to inform USGS and the Department of Interior about non-federal users' needs for future Landsat missions.

Responses to their short questionnaire will be accepted until Wednesday, 5 August 2015.


Date July 2, 2015

DataShine Scotland - Interactive Mapping of Scotland's Census 2011

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DataShine Scotland - Interactive Mapping of Scotland

You can now access Scotland's Census 2011 via 'DataShine Scotland', a visualisation tool from University College London (UCL).  'DataShine Scotland' utilises the DataShine framework to map the various Key and Quick Statistics from Scotland’s Census 2011.  See an example screenshot below and visit Datashine Scotland.

In addition, on 'DataShine Scotland Commute' you can access visuals showing travel-to-work-flows between each Council Area, split out by direction and mode of transport. See an example screenshot below and visit DataShine Scotland Commute.

For more information or help using either of these tools, visit the UCL DataShine blog.  Alternatively, if you have queries about the data or want to get in touch with Scotland's Census about these developments, please email: ScotlandsCensus@gro-scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Date July 2, 2015

European Space Imaging High-Resolution Urban Challenge


European Space Imaging High-Resolution Urban Challenge

European Space Imaging (EUSI) recently collected 40 cm, 8-band, very high-resolution satellite data corresponding to 305 Large Urban Zones (LUZ) represented in the 2006 edition of the Urban Atlas, a Copernicus land monitoring service. This high-res urban coverage will become available as part of the Copernicus Data Warehouse.

The Challenge gives a sneak preview on this very high-resolution imagery and seeks solutions which extend the value of this data set in finding new applications to support decision makers in their manifold tasks, such as strategic planning, environmental monitoring, crisis management, change management, trend analysis, urban solutions, etc. The proposed ideas should be proven, automated and transferable across data sets.


The winner will be awarded a European Space Imaging (EUSI) data package of very high-resolution satellite data imagery worth up to EUR 20,000 for use in further developing the winning application.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and innovativeness (customer benefit for industry/citizens, other advantages, innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of Earth monitoring data for realisation, added value through Copernicus)
  • Integration of 40 cm VHR satellite data and use of the 8 bands
  • Proven solution that is transferrable across data sets and can be automated
  • Market potential (chance of commercial success, such as expected demand, investment potential and short time to market)
  • Legal aspects and risks (legal risks, ability to patent, regulations/laws to be considered)

*Please note: This challenge is open to residents of Europe and North Africa only.

Deadline: Monday, 13 July 2015.

What is the Urban Atlas?

The Urban Atlas was developed in response to the needs of European cities and contains pan-European comparable land use and land cover data for Large Urban Zones (LUZ) with more than 100.000 inhabitants. It covers 600,000 km² and provides reliable, inter-comparable, 2.5 meter high-resolution land use maps for 305 LUZ's and their surroundings for the reference year 2006. The European Space Imaging 0.4 meter very high-resolution data uses these zones as its reference point.

Following a redefinition of the criteria of a LUZ to include any area with more than 50,000 inhabitants, an updated version of the Urban Atlas is currently being prepared, taking the number of Larger Urban Zones for which data and maps will be available from 305 to 695. The total surface area covered also increases from some 600,000 to over 1 million square kilometres. Both editions of the Urban Atlas data are part of the local component of the Copernicus land monitoring services.

The Urban Atlas has a key designed to capture urban land use, including low density urban fabric, and a resolution that is 100 times higher than CORINE land cover. The Atlas brings cities and urban fringes into focus. The 2.5 meter resolution in combination with the street network allows for a wide range of additional analyses such as proximity to green space or train stations, and provides a far more accurate picture of urban sprawl in the fringe of urban zones.

The Urban Atlas is a joint initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry with the support of the European Space Agency and the European Environment Agency.

Date June 30, 2015
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