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Computer Programming for Social Scientists

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Computer Programming for Social Scientists

CDRC Summer School
Dates: 3 to 10 September 2015
Location: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds UK

This hands-on seven day summer school aims to bring social scientists without any programming experience to the point where they can program their own social science models and applications. It will provide a beginner’s-level introduction to computer programming using examples drawn from social science. It will also introduce key libraries, methodologies and platforms available for social science programmers.

The emphasis for the school will be on practical, hands-on development of skills, each day building up core programming ideas. Students will learn the high-level programming language Java. Java was chosen because it is the most in-demand language in industry, and because people who learn the language should have no difficulty subsequently picking up other languages. Students will be introduced to general good practice in coding and other aspects of programming.

Practical work will include building up social science models. Practicals will centre on Agent-Based Modelling, as it is a powerful technique that is nevertheless relatively clear for beginner; however, the course will also introduce students to Spatial Microsimulation, a range of Artificial Intelligence techniques, and Scientific Visualisation. Days four and seven will be “hacking” workshops specifically for students to build their own software with advice from experienced staff.


Day 1
The core elements of computer programming I:
Objects, classes, and variables
Arrays and Collections
Evening lecture

Day 2
The core elements of computer programming II:
Flow control
Methods and access control
Evening lecture

Day 3
The core elements of computer programming III:
Evening lecture

Day 4
Students get to work on their own projects, with support from staff.
Using Eclipse

Day 5
The core elements of computer programming IV:
User interfaces and graphics
Evening lecture

Day 6
The core elements of computer programming V:
Agent-Based Modelling platforms (alternatives will be available for those not wanting to do ABM, including GIS programming)

Day 7
Students get to work on their own projects, with support from staff.
Using Github


Dr Andy Evans has over 30 years programming experience, and has taught social science programming for over 10 years. His specialist areas are online GIS and agent-based modelling of socio-economic and ecological systems.

Dr Nick Malleson completed a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Informatics before building agent-based crime models for his PhD. He now works in the Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy at the University of Leeds. His research interest include socio-economic and crime modelling, along with Big Data and social network analysis.

Dr Alison Heppenstall is an Associate Professor in Geocomputation. Her interests are in the application of artificial intelligent solutions for geographical problems, with applied research experience in the development and linkage of novel methodologies for a variety of socio-economic applications including education planning/management, retail analysis and crime. A focus of her work is in individual based modelling, in particular the development and application of agent-based modelling, microsimulation and the incorporation of behavioural frameworks.

£230 for postgraduate students
£460 for researchers, academic staff, public & charitable sector

Application Deadline: Friday, 19 June 2015.

*Fees will include tuition, refreshments and lunches for the week. Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee. Accommodation on campus is available and can be booked through: www.meetinleeds.co.uk/shortbreaks.

Individuals will be free to arrange alternative accommodation.

Date May 20, 2015

Agricultural Project Officer (GIS skills)


Agricultural Project Officer (GIS skills)

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £23,000 to £26,000 depending on experience
Contract: Fixed term 18 month period with likelihood of extension

Closing date: Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Interview date: 15 to 19 June 2015

The Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is looking to recruit a technically competent, dynamic and enthusiastic person to deliver agricultural projects and activities to aid in reducing diffuse agricultural pollution in the Ribble Catchment. The successful candidate will build on work already carried out in the catchment to identify diffuse pollution hotspots by delivering farm advice and implementing capital works to address and disrupt pollution pathways.

Funding is tied in closely to Water Framework Directive and Bathing Water Directive delivery and the project looks to bring several water bodies into Good Ecological Status.

The project will be guided by existing knowledge of the catchment and GIS modelling work carried out by RRT. The project officer will visit and offer advice to farms and work with them to design and implement low cost capital measures through a variety of funding streams including Countryside Stewardship, that will serve the dual purposes of protecting watercourses whilst also realising cost savings on the farm.

The project officer will be responsible for the day to day running of the project and the duties will include the following:

  • Carrying out walkover surveys of areas not yet investigated and recording findings
  • Cold-calling landowners, visiting farms and identifying and prioritising works
  • Collating and writing farm environmental plans (such as Pinpoint)
  • Delivering Countryside Stewardship applications for farmers
  • Organising demonstration workshops through liaison with industry professionals
  • Liaising with farmers and contractors, drawing up, costing and implementing capital schemes
  • Liaising with the RRT’s monitoring team and carrying out electrofishing and invertebrate sampling surveys where required
  • Recording and reporting actions thoroughly and on time
  • Publicising the projects successes through all forms of media
  • Working with the Trust team to develop funding bids to extend the scope of delivery
  • Any other duties as reasonably required by the RRT

The Project Officer will be based in RRT offices in Clitheroe and will report to the Trust Director. All Personal Protective Equipment and other necessary equipment will be supplied.

Person Description

The successful candidate will be an exceptional self-starter and passionate about the conservation of the natural environment, particularly rivers and streams. They must also be a good communicator with a strong background in agricultural advice and project delivery. A good knowledge of the Ribble Catchment, Water Framework Directive (WFD), hydro-geomorphology and aquatic sciences will also be beneficial.


  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use
  • Minimum degree level or equivalent in aquatic / environmental sciences, agriculture, conservation management or similar. Equivalent related experience will be considered as highly as academic qualifications
  • Demonstrable experience of successful practical project delivery, including managing budgets
  • In-depth knowledge of farming activities and agri-environment schemes
  • Experience of Farm Environment Plans and agri-environment agreements
  • GIS training / experience (e.g. ARCGIS)
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to get complex information across simply and concisely and to a wide range of audiences
  • Self-starter able to work on your own without day-to-day supervision
  • Ability to work on the differing tasks identified in the Job Description at the same time
  • Possessing good inter-personal skills, both face-to-face and over the phone
  • Reliability, good attendance and work performance
  • Ability to set performance objectives and ensure these are achieved
  • Excellent organisational/admin skills and attention to detail
  • Good IT skills / maintaining a filing system
  • Keeping records of work undertaken
  • Keeping records of expenses incurred
  • Awareness of the need for confidentiality


  • FACTS / BASIS trained or working towards qualification
  • Excellent GIS skills
  • Experience in writing applications to funding bodies
  • Knowledge of the project area
  • Based near or in the project area

Please email your application form with a covering letter to admin at ribbletrust.com

Date May 19, 2015

Cadcorp changes hands

Cadcorp changes hands

This news just out about Cadcorp.

The leadership team at GIS software vendor Cadcorp has successfully completed a management buyout (MBO) of the company.

The MBO secures the business’ future as one of the UK’s leading independent GIS software companies.  Trevor Armstrong, finance director and Martin Daly, technical director have led the buyout.

The buyout team said: “This change of ownership represents a major step forward in the evolution of Cadcorp, while also ensuring continuity for our users, partners, and employees. We have great confidence in the business and its people and are well-positioned for future development and growth."

Mike O’Neil, Founder and CEO of Cadcorp, said: “I’m delighted to be able to pass Cadcorp into the safe hands of the existing management team and look forward to helping them during the transition period.”

Cadcorp is a software development company focused on geographic information system (GIS) and web mapping software. It offers a complete suite of products - the Cadcorp Spatial Information System® (Cadcorp SIS®) - addressing all phases of spatial information management.  Cadcorp SIS is available worldwide through a network of Cadcorp partners and through a direct sales team in the UK and Ireland.

Date May 15, 2015

Call for Papers: The ICA European Symposium on Cartography

Call for Papers: The ICA European Symposium on Cartography

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Vienna University of Technology have announced a 'Call for Papers' for a regional symposium on cartography with the focus on Europe. They aim to bring together cartographers and those working in related disciplines with the goal of offering a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.


Research papers in the following areas (but not limited to) are welcome for submission:

  • Semiotics and Map Design
  • Map Use, Usability and Cognition
  • Geovisualization and GeoVisual Analytics
  • Generalization and Multi-scale Representation
  • Cartography and Education
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Thematic Cartography
  • Atlas Cartography
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Web Cartography and Map Services
  • Big Geo Data Handling
  • Location-Based Services and Ubiquitous Cartography
  • Cartography for Disaster Management
  • Visualization of Statistical Data
  • VGI, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science
  • Open Source Geospatial Technologies

Important Dates

For authors

Deadline for full paper submissions: Monday, 1 June 2015 
Deadline for work in progress submissions: Sunday, 28 June 2015 
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Submissions of final papers: Saturday, 15 August 2015 
Presenters have to be registered: Thursday, 1 October 2015
Submission of papers for the online proceedings: 15 October

For visitors

Registration starts in July.
Early bird registration ends: Tuesday, 15 September 2015
End of online registration: Monday, 2 November 2015
Symposium: (Tuesday to Thursday) 10 to 12 November 2015 


Vienna University of Technology, Main Building, Karlsplatz 13, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

Date May 15, 2015

GIS & Asset Coordinator's post at North Hertfordshire Homes


GIS & Asset Coordinator

Closing date today: Friday, 15 May 2015

Position type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Up to £28,184
Location: Baldock, Hertfordshire

Interview date: Friday, 29 May 2015.

North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH) is a not-for-profit housing association providing quality homes across eight local authority areas in the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We are currently expanding our use of GIS (Geographical Information System) and require a permanent member of staff to edit and maintain GIS information and facilitate the effective use of digital mapping across the organisation.

Responsible for managing the NHH approach to GIS, you will organise the integration of ArcGIS desktop with on-line mapping software, ensuring that GIS MasterMap and housing asset data is accurate and up-to-date.

As a central point of contact for GIS in the business you will manage enquires from various departments, research improvements and liaise with staff to identify areas for development.

In addition to digital mapping you will be involved with utilising SQL and MS query to identify and extract active asset management information from the housing and asset databases.

The ideal candidate will have a detailed understanding of using GIS or other digital mapping software and experience of working with asset management and property related databases.

A self-motivated approach and the creativity to use a tool kit of GIS software to provide innovative solutions to problems is essential.


Date May 15, 2015

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 provisional programme published

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 provisional programme published

The provisional conference programme is now live. Delegates should carefully check that their name and affiliation and the title(s) of their contribution(s) are correct. Please e-mail any errors or omissions to AC2015 at rgs.org as soon as possible. Some content is still subject to change, though schedule and room changes would now only be made in exceptional circumstances. The printed programme book will be finalised in early July. Any changes which occur after this time will be reflected in the online programme.

The online programme includes:

  • Full details of accepted sessions and papers, including session abstracts, paper titles and abstracts and all session participants.
  • Functions to browse or search by session/paper title, keyword, affiliated Research Group or participant name.


Date May 15, 2015

Geovation Hub launches its new website

Geovation Hub launches its new website

Described as Britain’s pioneering location-data hub, the new London-based Geovation Hub has just launched its website. The Hub is designed for developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to access support and network with like-minded people, and aims to energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry.

There are three membership options: drop-in, local and resident. 

Members are provided with supported access to OS OpenData, APIs, developer expertise, free WiFi and printing facilities, and invites to exclusive OS events. The Hub contains an events auditorium, a workshop, demo spaces, private rooms and shared spaces. Desks and rooms can be booked in advance if desired.

The Geovation Hub can be found at 1 Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1 0BE.

It will open later this month.

Date May 14, 2015

Lecturership in Human Geography

Lecturership in Human Geography

The School of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire is seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. This post is intended to support teaching and research across our themes of Development, Crime, Population & Migration and Sustainability. You will be expected to contribute expertise in the geographies of Cities and/or Security to these themes. A capacity to use and apply GIS in Human Geography contexts would be advantageous.

Geography at Gloucestershire has a strong reputation for high-quality, research-informed teaching. It has consistently been submitted for research assessment and forms part of the University's research investment theme of Environmental Dynamics & Governance. Set in the attractive surrounds of Cheltenham, our small class sizes, dedicated facilities and emphasis on inspiring field research provide a welcoming and positive working environment. 

The successful applicant should have, or be near completing, a PhD in Human Geography or related discipline. They should be able to offer a high-quality research profile or potential consistent with career stage, and to outline their plan for submission to REF2020.

Abilities to educate and supervise students across all levels of Higher Education, to lead and contribute to taught and research-based fieldwork, and to work pro-actively as an individual and team member are essential.

This permanent position is available for a start on or shortly after 1 September 2015. 

Salary: Grade 7/8 £31,342 - £45,954 per annum, dependent on experience.

Applications must be received by noon on Monday, 1 June 2015.

For more information, or to apply for the post, please visit the website.

Date May 14, 2015

Call for Papers and Posters: PNC 2015 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings

GIS World

Call for Papers and Posters: PNC 2015 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings

Conference dates: September 27 to 29 (Sunday to Tuesday)
Venue: University of Macau

Main Theme: Taking Data into the Public Domain

The Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) online paper and poster submission system is now open, and the submission deadline is June 15. You are welcome to submit your abstract via the PNC website.

Important Dates:

Online Submission Deadline: Monday, June 15 2015.

Acceptance Notification: Thursday, July 16 2015.

Submission Categories

  • Paper Submission
  • Poster Submission
  • General Poster Competition
  • Demonstration Zone

Recommended topics, but are not limited to the following:

1. Taking Data into the Public Domain

  • Knowledge Representation and Processing
  • Sensibility/Sensitivity
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Data Mining
  • Visualisation
  • Semantic Web
  • Ontology
  • Metadata
  • Database
  • Linked Open Data
  • Data Science and Data Intelligence

2. Digital Humanities

  • Digital Museums
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digital Archives
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistics
  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Literature
  • Spatial History

3. Cultural Heritages of Macao and the Neighboring Regions

  • Min-Nan Culture Studies
  • Archives and Materials of the Macao Diocese

4. Crosscutting Concerns

  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Ethics
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation Science
  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change

5. Interconnected Society

  • e-learning
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Social Media
  • Social Network
  • Digital Divide
  • Digital Communication and Social Impact
  • Smart City
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Other Big Data Applications

About Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC)

Since 1993, the PNC has been committed to enhancing digital research and interaction among researchers, educators, and professionals around the Pacific Rim nations. The importance and contribution of the PNC has been widely recognized by the digital and information technology community. For more information, please refer to the PNC website.

Date May 14, 2015

Conservation Monitoring Officer post at RSPB


Conservation Monitoring Officer post at RSPB

Part time: 30 hours
Salary: £16,000 to £18,000 pa pro rata
Post based at: RSPB, Eastern England Regional Office, Stalham House, 65 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1UD.  

If you are passionate and knowledgeable about farm wildlife conservation and looking for a way to use your farmland bird identification, data management and people skills, then the RSPB would love to hear from you.

As Conservation Monitoring Officer, your role will be to deliver a regional programme of farmland bird monitoring in areas where we focus our farm conservation advice.  By training and managing a team of volunteers to survey farmland bird populations, and mapping and analysing the results using GIS, you will monitor the effectiveness of targeted wildlife-friendly land management for key farmland bird species.

You will also support the work of our regional farm conservation advice team, building positive contacts and relationships with local farmers and their communities and helping farmers deliver conservation for wildlife on their land.  

Occasional travel required to manage events and some evening and weekend working.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 16 June 2015.  

Interview date: Friday, 26 June 2015.

Please visit the RSPB website for more information, and to apply for the post.

Date May 14, 2015
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