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Free ESRI MOOC 'The Location Advantage' starts 16 March 2016

Free Learning Resource GIS


ESRI are running another round of the sucessful MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled 'The Location Advantage' from 16 March to 27 April. The course is business oriented and explores market planning, site selection, market analysis, and supply chain management using ESRI Business Analyst Online.

The class is free and requires two to three hours of study per week.

Last day to register is 30th March.

Date March 8, 2016

RGS-IBG Workshop: Geo-technology in the Field - GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing for Fieldwork Workshop

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RGS-IBG Workshop: Geo-technology in the Field - GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing for Fieldwork Workshop

Dates: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 April 2016
Times: Start 9.30am - Doors open 9.00am. Finish 5.30pm on Monday and at 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, SW7 2AR

Are you looking to use geo-technologies such as GIS, GPS and remote sensing as a part of a field research project or expedition? This 100% practical workshop will cover how different technologies can be used for field research, with a particular focus on open-source and accessible GIS, GPS and hardware for environmental monitoring. The emphasis through will be on inexpensive, research-grade hardware and software with a do-it-yourself element.

The workshop will be relevant to beginners in GIS, GPS, technology and electronics. No soldering iron necessary!

Software: Practical sessions will demonstrate a range of open source GIS (e.g. QGIS, SAGA), GPS and GIS datasets. There will be accompanied with the practical use of open source GIS and remote sensing packages to manage data for your field site.

Hardware: The focus will be on building monitoring hardware and sensors using the open-source Arduino platform. Computing and power in the field and the use of drones in field research will also be addressed.

Delegates can attend either or both days depending on their own requirements.

Day 1: Open source GIS, GPS Data and monitoring

This first day will help delegates to get to grips with the basics of open source GIS software. Elements to be covered will include: what it is, how it works, how to find and convert data into GIS, how to display different types of data and how to carry out a basic GIS analysis of your field site before venturing in to the field.

Day 2: Open source remote sensing, drones and field computing

If you are planning or are recently returned from a field research project the second day will take a more in-depth, 'hands-on' approach. Through practical exercises in Hyde Park delegates will focus on how to tie GPS co-ordinates to digital maps and satellite images in order to build datasets for your field research or expedition.  Sessions will focus on how to deal with inaccurate, poor quality and old maps, and using rapid image rectification to turn inexpensive or free satellite data into reliable and accurate base maps. The emphasis will be on using freely-downloadable open source GIS, such as Quantim GIS (QGIS) and SAGA, GPS and GIS datasets. Example sets will be used for applications such as hazards, risk and disaster response.

Delegates without their own laptop can have access to an RGS-IBG workstation.


Day One - Standard £120; Student £75;
Day Two - Standard £95; Student £50;
Both days- Standard £175, Student £125.

(All prices incl. VAT, lunch, refreshments and a copy of the GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing manual at a recommended retail price of £15. Prices for the second-day course include your own Arduino based data logger and meteorological sensors which you will build yourself!)

To book: Download a booking form (PDF), book online or contact Geography Outdoors.

Attendance: If you would like to attend one day in particular you are welcome to book and attend either Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 April.

Date March 7, 2016

RGS-IBG Presentation Series: GIS for Expeditions and Fieldwork

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RGS-IBG Presentation Series: GIS for Expeditions and Fieldwork

Theme: Field Technologies - fieldwork mapping and monitoring party

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Times: Doors open 6.00pm. Start 6.30pm. End 9.00pm.
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, SW7 2AR

Join them at the Society for a series of 10 minute TED-talk style presentations on new cheap and accessible fieldwork technologies, setting the context for your animated discussions at the bar. Discussions will include:

  • Missing maps, crowdsourcing & OpenStreetMap (OSM)
  • Low-cost research drones and tethered remote sensing platforms
  • Using Arduino micro-controllers in the field, and
  • Mobile Apps for fieldwork

The preliminary line-up is as follows:

  • Google's field technology | Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google
  • Missing Maps, crowdsourcing & OpenStreetMap | Faith Taylor, KCL
  • Low-cost field research drones and tethered remote sensing platforms | Martin Wooster, KCL
  • Using Arduino micro-controllers in the field | Thomas Smith, KCL
  • Mobile Apps for fieldwork | James Millington, KCL

One-minute talks will include:

  • Mapping Apps | Faith Taylor, KCL
  • Camera Trapping | Emma Tebbs, KCL
  • Power in the field | Mark Mulligan, KCL
  • Free satellite Earth Observation data | Dr Richard Teeuw, Portsmouth University
  • OpenStreetMap and humanitarian mapping | Naomi Morris, Portsmouth University

Cost: Standard £6.50 (incl. VAT & a complimentary drink); Free for KCL students / staff - please email Geography Outdoors for booking information.

To book: Book online or contact Geography Outdoors.

King's College London is also providing support for this event.

Date March 7, 2016

PhD studentship opportunities in Agriculture and the Environment


PhD studentship opportunities in Agriculture and the Environment

Project Supervision

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Environment Centre, Lancaster University are offering these PhD studentships.

Dr P Rameshwaran (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Dr Gareth Old (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Dr Andrew Folkard (Lancaster Environment Centre) and Nick Everard (Environment Agency) are the project supervisors.

Project: Understanding variations in suspended sediment characteristics throughout river cross sections; enabling more accurate flux estimation and habitat assessment.

Project Description

The aim of this project is to understand cross sectional variations in suspended sediment to enable its account in flux and budget estimation, and habitat suitability assessment. It is a collaborative project between the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre and Environment Agency. More specifically, the objectives of the proposed project are threefold.

Firstly, simultaneous, co-located measurements of river hydraulics and suspended sediment will be obtained from both in channel and floodplain environments.

Secondly, observed variations will be investigated to elucidate cross sectional changes in sediment transport and their controls. Knowledge will be gained by making observations in carefully selected varied catchment settings (e.g. contrasting land-uses, soils, hydrology, in-stream biota).

Finally, the potential of calibrating Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) backscatter data to suspended sediment concentration will be assessed.

Student Benefits

The PhD project provides comprehensive personal and professional development training alongside extensive opportunities for the student to expand their multi-disciplinary outlook through interactions with a wide network of academic, research and policy partners.

Training will be also given in research methods, experimental design, field and laboratory measurement methods, in-stream biota recognition, flow measurement techniques (e.g. use of Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) including driving a radio-controlled boat), GPS surveying, in situ sediment measurement techniques (e.g. use of state of the art turbidity and particle size instruments), laboratory techniques for analysing sediment samples (e.g. Malvern Mastersizer 1000 instrument) and computing techniques for data presentation and analysis (e.g. Tecplot, programming in R, ArcGIS). The student will also benefit from working alongside CEH and LEC scientists, field ecologists, and other PhD students. The student will also be encouraged and supported in engaging with stakeholders (environmental regulators and advisory bodies)
to promote the potential of closer consideration of natural processes in catchment management.

Who should apply?

Candidates for this project should have a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in engineering, environmental science, physics, geography, mathematics, ecology or a similar discipline, and an interest in river flow hydraulics. The candidate will be required to have some knowledge of fluid mechanics and reasonable numerical and computer skills. An interest in fluvial processes in addition to an
enthusiasm to undertake field, laboratory and desk based science is essential.

Academic Requirements

First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

Studentship funding

Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and stipend (£14,057 2015/16 [tax free])) for UK/EU students for 3.5 years. Unfortunately studentships are not available to non-UK/EU applicants.

Deadline for applications: Midnight, 31 March 2016.

For further information or informal discussion about the position, please contact Dr P Rameshwaran (ponr at ceh.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Folkard (a.folkard at lancaster.ac.uk).

Please click the link below to access document which provides further information about this PhD project and application instructions.

Date March 4, 2016

Vacancy: GIS Specialist


Vacancy: GIS Specialist

Organisation: Canal & River Trust
Position Type: Permanent, Full Time
Salary: £25,000

Closing Date: Sunday, 13 March 2016


The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities with responsibility for looking after a diverse range of historic assets and environmental areas along over 2000 miles of inland waterways of England and Wales. The broad geographical extent of the organisation means location and spatial intelligence is a critical component of being able to effectively manage the network.

The geographic information team leverages a vast array of data to provide an invaluable window into the Trusts increasingly diverse interests, as it strives to develop income streams and enhance efficiency whilst safe guarding the network for future generations.

The Canal & River Trust is looking to recruit a GIS Specialist who is keen to help further develop these capabilities for use both within the organisation and beyond, for their stakeholders and the general public.


Work with the wider GIS Team, organisation and out sourced partners to help design, develop, implement and maintain the GIS platform, its integration, data and related processes. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to enhance their capabilities through delivery of web based and mobile solutions including access to complex geo-processing capabilities. Evangelise on the capabilities of GIS and related systems in its ability to support business intelligence through data analysis and presentation.


  • Degree (or equivalent) in relevant discipline.
  • Post graduate qualification (desirable) in relevant IT discipline, e.g. higher diploma, MSc.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.


  •  Extensive experience of leveraging ESRI ArcGIS software including desktop, server and ArcGIS Online/Portal technologies.
  • Demonstrable experience of Python scripting both within and outside the ESRI environment.
  • Ideally knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS and XSLT.
  • Experience of working with large volumes of data within SQL Server and file geodatabases.
  • Strong analytical skills with a focus on detail.
  • Positive, proactive, ‘can do’ attitude with a desire to get involved and make a difference.
  • High degree of general ICT awareness and computer literacy, including knowledge of related business applications software and systems e.g. SAP, SharePoint and MS Office suite.
  • Able to work on a variety of complex multi-disciplinary projects at the same time and to defined time frames.
  • Interests and experience in infographics, cartographic and general design.
  • Ability to explain complex processes to non-technical staff in a manner that they can understand.
  • Provide technical support and advice to customers and work alongside the Trusts technology partners to resolve issues.
  • Keen interest in technology improvements, integration strategies and implementing new services in a busy, customer focused environment.

Driving Licence Required: Yes

Further details on the job and the application process can be found on the website.

Date March 3, 2016

GIS Technician's post: Malaria Atlas Project


GIS Technician

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,328 - £32,600 p.a.

The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) is looking for a GIS Technician to support the work of scientists and project staff within the group within the Department of Zoology, Oxford. The post is fixed-term to run until 31 March 2019.

MAP brings together researchers based around the world to generate innovative methods of mapping malaria risk. Ultimately their goal is to produce a comprehensive range of maps and estimates that will support effective planning of malaria control at national and international scales. The post advertised is a varied role covering all aspects of gathering, maintaining, and curating geospatial data; creating maps and raster surfaces to support the work and publications of the group; contributing to the design and creation of a new bespoke enterprise system to support geospatial disease modelling.

You will be creative, accurate and well-organised in your approach to your work, and willing to extend your skills as required. You will be a good team player, and committed to the success of MAP. You will be capable of researching new sources of geospatial data and negotiating their acquisition. Candidates must be highly organised and self-motivated. Good numerical, written, and communication skills are essential. Experience of using geodatabases and GIS software are also essential.

The starting salary will depend on skills and experience.

Applications should include the following items. Failure to follow these instructions will impact negatively on a candidate’s application.

1) a supporting statement listing each of the essential and desirable selection criteria from the job description and explaining how you meet them; and
2) a detailed curriculum vitae.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 will be considered.

Please visit the website for more information.

If using the University of Oxford's Job Search page to locate this post, the Vacancy ID is the following: 122453

Date March 2, 2016
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Front End Developer's post at NEWGROVE


Front End Developer

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Rate: £40,000 to 60,000 depending on experience

Location: Central London
Start date: asap


You will be working within an experienced development team leading on UI development for web applications (web mapping/dashboards, etc). This position would suit someone who primarily enjoys working on the front end of web mapping applications but is also willing to assist in server side development when required.



  • Degree in Computer Science or related discipline and/or 5 years commercial experience developing web applications.
  • Up-to-date with the latest UI and data visualisation trends and technologies.
  • UI design experience and graphics skills (experience of Adobe CC).

Recent experience using some of the following technologies:

  • Good understanding of HTML5, CSS and Webs Standards.
  • JavaScript/Typescript/RequireJS/JQuery.
  • Knockout.
  • C# (razor)/ASP.NET/MVC.
  • Experience interacting with 3rd party APIs (eg. Google Maps API, Open Layers, etc).


  • HTTP services (ASP.NET WebAPI).
  • SQL Server.
  • Object-orientated design experience.
  • Experience in testing (writing unit tests).
  • Exposure to web mapping/spatial technologies (Google Maps API, ESRI, etc).

If you are interested in applying for the role please email your CV to cv at newgrove.com

Date March 2, 2016

Fully funded doctoral opportunity for health GIS research at University of Nottingham

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Fully funded doctoral opportunity for health GIS research at University of Nottingham

There is a fully funded Doctoral Opportunity for a 3 year Home/EU Student (July 2016 - May 2019) sponsored by Alzheimer’s Society UK and Institute of Mental Health (IMH) at the University of Nottingham titled 'Scaling the Peaks: understanding the needs and experiences of people affected by dementia in rural areas'.

This will be a good opportunity for students who are interested in HealthGIS.

Application Procedure

Informal enquires are welcome to Dr. Didier Leibovici (didier.leibovici at nottingham.ac.uk) or to Dr Fiona Marshall (fiona.marshall at nottingham.ac.uk).

As part of the application process you are asked to submit a short, up-to-date CV (including qualifications and two referees) and a 1200 word proposal detailing how you might envisage taking forward the projects described above in relation to the application of GIS and dementia studies. This is to demonstrate your abilities as a researcher.

Please send your CV and word proposal by email to MS-PSY-PGRAdmin at nottingham.ac.uk by 9:00am on Monday 7th March 2016.

Interviews will take place on Friday 18th March 2016 at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham

The closing date for all applications is 9am on March 7th 2016.

Date March 1, 2016

Agenda announced for ESRI UK Annual Conference


Agenda announced for ESRI UK Annual Conference

The ESRI UK Annual Conference is the biggest GIS event in the UK attracting over 2500 participants. ESRI have recently announced the agenda for the 2016 conference which will be held on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the QEII Conference Centre in London.

There are a wealth of talks from ESRI staff and end users split in to a variety of different tracks including Developers, Schools and Higher Education. This is a must attend event for many in the UK GIS sector.

Location: QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

Date March 1, 2016

QGIS 2.14 'Essen' - Long Term Release

Free Unix Windows Mac Linux Open Source GIS

QGIS 2.14

The team behind QGIS, the most widely used GIS system in the world, recently announced the release of QGIS 2.14 'Essen'.

QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows.

New Features in QGIS 2.14 'Essen'

There are a lot of new features in this latest version, all of which are detailed in the comprehensive release notes, but of particular note are two features which have been much sought after by the QGIS community:

  • Trace Digitising Tool, which is detailed here and in this tutorial.
  • 2.5d rendering which allows users to create scenes that have a 2.5d effect. Further information is available here.

Note, users upgrading from the previous LTR (2.8.x) are advised to consult the changelogs for the intermediate non LTR 2.10 and 2.12 releases as this QGIS 2.14 includes all features published in those releases too.

Long Term Release

This is a special release since it is designated an 'LTR' (Long Term Release). LTR releases are supported with backported bug fixes for one year, and will be in permanent feature freeze (i.e. no new features will be added, only bug fixes and trivial updates).

The purpose of LTR releases is to provide a stable and less frequently changing platform for enterprises and organizations that do not want to deal with updating user skills, training materials etc. more than once per year. 

Note that for users and organizations that like to have access to the latest functionas as they are developed, these will be added to the regular four monthly releases of QGIS.

Date March 1, 2016
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