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Galileo satellites enclosed and heading to launch pad


Galileo satellites enclosed and heading to launch pad

The Soyuz, for Arianespace’s next VS11 mission, is in the launch zone at French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the two Galileo satellites, the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation.

Launch is due at 21:46:18 GMT on this Friday, 27 March 2015. The satellites are scheduled for release upon reaching their set orbit of 3 hours, 47 minutes and 57 seconds after launch.

Please click More information text (lower right) to access page where you can watch the launch with webstream.

Date March 25, 2015
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GeoServer 2.7.0 released

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GeoServer 2.7.0 released

This is a new stable release of GeoServer and is recommended for production deployment.

New features include the following:

  • color composition and color blending
  • relative time support in wms / wcs
  • wps clustering
  • wps security and execution limits for production environments
  • ability to dismiss/kill a wps process
  • revised css extension for the generation of sld styles
  • a new css workshop

The release is available for download from the GeoServer website.

Date March 25, 2015

PostDoc Geoinformatics post at Heidelberg University


PostDoc Geoinformatics post at Heidelberg University

A full-time PostDoc position is available at the GIScience Research Group at the Department of Geography of Heidelberg University.

The aim is to contribute to the research at the GIScience Research Group and to start building an own junior research group including the mentoring of PhD students.

The candidate should have a demonstrated research track in at least one or more of the following topics:

  • Conceputalisation and Development of GI Algorithms and Methods
  • GeoComputation and Spatial Data Mining 
  • GeoWeb, GI Services and Apps 

We expect a PhD in either Computer Science, Geoinformatics, Geography or related fields, as well as strong and demonstrated research experience in Geoinformatics, paired with the ability for independent scientific work, management skills, as well as teamwork and leadership.

We offer an attractive job in an interdisciplinary dynamic team with excellent possibilities for research and further qualification. The GIScience Research Group is member in the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), the Heidelberg Center for the Environment and the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH). The University of Excellence Heidelberg belongs to the internationally top ranked universities and offers an especially stimulating research environment. 

Please send the usual documents (full CV, grades, papers etc.) to Mrs. Bettina Knorr: 
Bettina.knorr at geog.uni-heidelberg.de (Managing Assistant of Professor Zipf).

Deadline: Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The position shall be filled as soon as possible. The initial duration of the contract is dependent on the experience of the candidate. 

Date March 24, 2015

Penn State MOOC: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

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Penn State MOOC: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

The Penn State University course: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution starts on the 25 March 2015.

This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. The course will explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they’re effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, students will work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems. 

Course Format

The class will consist of short lecture videos, which are 5-10 minutes in length, as well as written and graphical content to cover key geospatial concepts and competencies. Each week will feature a hands-on lab assignment using ArcGIS Online. Weekly quizzes will be based on these concepts as well as those covered in lab activities. There is a (not optional) final exam.

Course Syllabus

Week One: The Geospatial Revolution; highlighting the massive changes in geospatial and mapping technology in recent years and their impact on people from all walks of life.

Week Two: Spatial is special; an exploration of spatial thinking and geographic thought to provide the context necessary to understand the underpinnings of the Geospatial Revolution.

Week Three: Spatial data; how spatial data is created, what makes it different from other types of information, and how it is managed using new technologies.

Week Four: Spatial analysis; basic techniques for solving geographic problems that take spatial relationships into account.

Week Five: Cartographic design; fundamentals necessary to design great maps to tell compelling stories about geographic patterns.

Date March 24, 2015

Environment Agency Real Time flood-monitoring API

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Environment Agency Real Time flood-monitoring API


The Environment Agency has developed a series of new 'flood data' Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The APIs provide developers with access to real time information covering:

  • flood warnings and flood alerts
  • flood areas which to which warnings or alerts apply
  • forecast of flood risks over the next three days
  • measurements of water levels and flows
  • information on the monitoring stations providing those measurements

These APIs are provided as open data under the Open Government Licence with no requirement for registration. If you make use of this data please acknowledge this with the following attribution statement:

this uses Environment Agency flood and river level data from the real-time data API (Beta)

For questions on the APIs and for notification of changes or maintenance events see the forum UK Government Data Developers.

Availability and resilience

While they are intended to be stable and robust the open data APIs do not offer a guarantee of service level and should not be relied upon for safety critical applications. They do not replace the existing channels by which the Agency notifies members of the public and partner organizations of floods and flood risk.

Redirects. At times of high load or in future versions of this API the service may redirect to an alternative URL. Client code should be written so as to follow standard HTTP redirects.

Caching. API responses may be cached for a short period within the serving infrastructure or a content delivery network. At times of high load then limiting API use to common patterns (avoiding custom filtering) will improve the chances of cache hits and so good response times.

Contact information

If you have any feedback, or would like to know about our API development please contact data.info at environment-agency.gov.uk.

Date March 24, 2015
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Training School at the University of Malta: GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science


Training School at the University of Malta: GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science

The University of Malta are running a training school on GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science


The Training School focuses on various aspects of GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science. The aim of the training school is to share experiences with using GIS, collecting geographic information and exploring Citizen Science. At the end of the training school participants will understand the various sources of voluntary geographic information, they will be able to harvest such information and apply some analysis techniques in various applications of voluntary geographic information. The training school will include a mix of lecture based sessions and in-the-field experiences collecting geographic data. A day-long fieldtrip to Gozo, Malta’s second island, is included in the programme, as well as hands-on experiences using hardware and software. Tutors and facilitators will provide facilities for participants to try out new ways of interacting with Geographic Information as well as support learning with lectures and tutorials. The training school is open to a wide range of participants having a basic knowledge of GI and GIS. More information is available in the attached pdf.


The ENERGIC Training School will be hosted at the Msida Campus of the University of Malta. ?The University of Malta is located close to the capital city Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Participation grants

18 grants of 900 euro (for travel, hotel accommodation, registration fee and meals) which will be awarded to selected participants from the following EU countries (AT,BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, LU, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SK, SE, TR, UK) which are members of COST ENERGIC action. 


Those interested to participate in the training school are requested to send a motivation and position letter (up to 2 pages) and a Curriculum Vitae (1-page) with photo to maria.attard at um.edu.mt by April 15, 2015. Participants will be required to submit a report following the completion of the training school. Any questions regarding the training school, participation grants and reimbursement should be forwarded to the same email.

DEADLINE for application 15 April 2015 (selection results by 27 April) 

Date March 24, 2015

Rare first edition of 200-year-old William Smith geological map found

Rare first edition of 200-year-old William Smith geological map found

Reported in The Independent today, this rare first edition of the William Smith geological map, was rediscovered in London.

The 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, made by William Smith, was initially thought lost. It was the first geological map of a nation ever produced, showing the geological strata of England, Wales and a part of Scotland.

The map is thought to be one of the first ten copies made, and is one of about 380 hand-coloured copies of the map that were made by Smith. The find has been made public as a number of geological groups celebrate the 200th anniversary of the map.

Smith pioneered the science of stratigraphy, helping to map the layers that make up the Earth, and has been called the Father of English Geology. The map served as the basis for all the geological surveys that followed in Britain and around the world.

The complete story can be found on The Independent via link below.

Date March 24, 2015

GeoDATA 2015 Seminar Series

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GeoDATA 2015 Seminar Series

GeoDATA 2015 is an international series of educational events designed to raise awareness, impart knowledge and inspire users of geospatial data, technology and services within the private and public sectors.

These events are free to attend, one day seminars, comprising industry-focused sessions presented by global experts at the forefront of geospatial innovation. With a strong emphasis on learning and application, delegates return to the office with new information about the latest advances in geospatial technology and solutions.

The programme is complemented by a trade exhibition that will showcase and demonstrate many of the latest research and commercial developments. It’s a unique opportunity where delegates will benefit from face-to-face expert advice and guidance under one roof.

Key speakers, current topics and a focus on education has built GeoDATA’s reputation over the last 13 years as a must-attend event.

Seminar Series

  • Dublin 28 April 2015
  • Cork 30 April 2015
  • Birmingham 14 May 2015
  • Brussels 9 June 2015
  • Amsterdam 11 June 2015
  • Belfast 5 November 2015
  • Edinburgh 12 November 2015
  • London 3 December 2015

Date March 24, 2015
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New OS OpenData products available


New OS OpenData products available

The recently announced OpenData products from Ordnance Survey are now available for download. Four new products have been released: OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. OS now have 16 OpenData products available, the latest additions to the suite of OpenData products provide increased detail and accuracy and the opportunity for greater analytics. They new datasets are fully customisable and can work together or be imported and integrated with your own software and database.

OS Open Map – Local provides a customisable backdrop for users to map, visualise and fully understand their data. This new product provides the most detailed level of buildings in OS’s open data suite and is designed to be used with other open data products.

OS Open Names is a reliable location search product for when you need to find something fast. It’s a new, better quality, consistent index for all the location names in Great Britain. Users can search a particular location or look for somewhere in a number of ways to an accuracy of within 1 metre.

OS Open Rivers is a generalised open water network showing the flow and the locations of rivers, streams, lakes and canals across the whole of Great Britain.

OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain. It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B roads) as well as officially named unclassified roads.

All 16 OS OpenData products are free to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes. Visit www.os.uk/opendata  

Date March 24, 2015
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Geospatial Analyst posts with MOD


Geospatial Analyst posts with MOD

Location: Feltham
Salary: £24,028 - £24,028
Number of posts: 30

Closing date: Monday, 4 May 2015.

Job description 

Providing maps and geographic information to our armed forces is no easy task; they can deploy anywhere in the world with only a few hours notice. The Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) collects, assesses, processes and distributes geospatial information and intelligence to UK Defence for policy making, planning, training and operations. Successful applicants will join the Geospatial Analyst professional group and will be provided with extensive opportunities to develop core skills and functional subject matter expertise. 

Each post, depending on its focus, will include some of these responsibilities: 

• Determine customers’ requirements for geospatial information, plan and task deliverables
• Identify and collect geospatial sources worldwide in accordance with planned and anticipated defence requirements
• Research source materials, advise on their use, resolve technical and procedural problems
• Process and interpret imagery and other sources to capture and compile digital data to defined specifications
• Represent features and manipulate digital data to produce geospatial outputs
• Validate geospatial information for output and ingest into data stores, libraries and databases
• Assure the quality of DGC and third party geospatial information
• Apply best practice to records management
• Prepare information for electronic distribution to meet the customer’s need
• Develop the use of web-based services for distribution and delivery 

Practised IT skills are essential. Knowledge of GIS techniques and a working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software is desirable as they are required for the majority of activities. Foreign languages are also desirable.

Business area 

Defence Geographic Centre


Two A’ levels at Grade E or higher, or equivalent Level 3 qualification. One A level must be in a relevant subject, e.g. Geography, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Geomatics, Surveying or Geodesy. 

Three GCSEs at Grade C or higher, or equivalent, these should include Mathematics and Geography (unless specifically held at A’ Level).


  • You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Building Capability for All
  • Delivering at Pace
  • GA 1 – Understanding the Geospatial Information and Intelligence Environment


For successful candidates, pension schemes are available.

Flexible working hours, onsite parking, gym, active sports and social association.


Posts based at Feltham receive Outer London weighting of £1250. Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

The post does not offer any assistance with Relocation Expenses.


If you are a successful candidate you will be expected to undertake Developed Vetting checks.

Date March 23, 2015
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