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Fracking and Drinking Water

Raw Data Free GIS UK

Fracking and Drinking Water The results of a major study into the potential of drinking water contamination through fracking has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

This report attempts to bring objective, factual information to what is often a heated subject. The research reveals that nearly 50% of the aquifers of England and Wales coincide with potential frackable shales. By coincide, we mean are aligned vertically in the stratigraphy.

The BGS has produced a series of interactive maps which show the vertical separation between the shale and the aquifers. 92% of the areas where overlap occurs have a separation of over 800m which experts claim should mean that contamination is virtually impossible. Fissure created through the fracking process should not extend that far and every precaution is taken to ensure that the wells themselves are sealed.

The maps can be viewed on the BGS website through the link below, and they have also made the data available as a download.

Date July 4, 2014

GISRUK 2015 - Call for papers

Research GIS RS UK

GISRUK 2015 - Call for papers The GISRUK team have just announced the call for papers for the 2015 event which will be hosted by the University of Leeds between the 15-17th April. The GISRUK conference series is the UK's national GIS research conference, established in 1993. GISRUK conferences attract delegates from all parts of the UK, together with the European Union and North America and from disciplines including Geography, Computer Science, Planning, Archaeology, Geology, Geomatics and Engineering.

In recognition of the recently funded £6M+ ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre, we are especially interested in abstracts on our main conference theme:
Big Data and the Future of GIS.

Submissions on all aspects of methodological, applied or theoretical GIS and, in particular, our other conference topics:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Crime and Policing
  • Retail Geography
  • Transport Systems
  • Environmental GIS and Hazards
  • Uncertainty and Error
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Spatial Analysis and Visualisation
  • Geodemographics and Population
  • Historical applications of GIS

Submission abstracts should be no more than 1500 words.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday 7th November 2014.
  • Notification of acceptance: February 2015
  • Conference dates: 15th - 17th April 2015

Date July 3, 2014

OS Digital Supply Production Manager

UK GIS Mapping Services

OS Digital Supply Production Manager Ordnance Survey are looking for a Digital Supply Production Manager to join our Digital Supply team. Join us and you will be responsible for maximising the performance of the team to manage customer accounts and deliver customer orders for digital data. You will lead the team, monitor the resources, organise, and allocate tasks, changing work schedules as required to deliver to targets and timescales. In order to ensure required quality levels are achieved you will monitor and control the team outputs, taking ownership for any remedial actions ensuring minimum impact on the delivery to the customer. You will need to coach, develop and drive the team forward to maximise their contribution.

Important for this role, is having great attention to detail and the ability to be forward thinking. As the Digital Supply Production Manager, you must possess a friendly, polite and flexible approach, excellent communication abilities and a team player mentality. Self-motivated and driven to achieve against key performance monitors, you will have new and fresh ideas as you constantly seek to optimise the processes and improve them or introduce new ways of working.

Using your relationship building skills, you will give advice and guidance and have regular contact with Account Managers, Product Managers and Customer Contact Centre in order to fulfil customer requirements. You will be able to demonstrate a keen focus on delivering exceptional customer service, be responsible for managing the accurate set-up and on-going administration of customer accounts to facilitate the timely delivery of our digital products – ensuring the customers’ orders are satisfied in every respect. Using discretion to make decisions relating to the charging, refunding, provision and resupply of data where customer issues arise. As digital data supply changes from delivery on physical media through online services, you will be part of the team ensuring Ordnance Survey’s customers continue to receive data they need.

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:

  • Experience of leading a team to deliver business improvements
  • Strong skills in Customer Service, with a track record of working within customer focuses environment
  • Good knowledge and skills in order fulfilment systems

Salary: £27,034.00 - 32,231.00
Closing Date: 11 July 2014

Date July 2, 2014

BCS - Map Curators Group Workshop 2014


BCS - Map Curators Group Workshop 2014 Join the Map Curators' Group at the University of Birmingham to meet, share and learn with map colleagues from around the world. The Map Curators’ Group training day and two day workshop features presentations, talks and break-out sessions to help you tame your feral maps.

TRAINING DAY - 9 September 2014 : "Feral Maps and How to Tame Them"
Do you know any feral maps—those that were once part of a proper collection but which have now gone wild due to lack of resource? Have you been asked to “look after the map collection” and need some guidance? The Map Curators’ Group is here to help with another of its popular and productive training events!

WORKSHOP - 10-11 September 2014 : "Hands across the Map: Co-operation and Partnership in Map Collections"
This event follows the now traditional format of speakers on 10th September followed by visits on 11th. See below for more details.

For more details and to book, please follow the link below.

Date July 2, 2014

OS Senior Consultant - Cartography

GIS Mapping Services UK

OS Senior Consultant - Cartography Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit a Senior Cartographer. You will lead on technical development and research projects which test emerging technologies and enable Cartography to take advantage of appropriate technical advances. Maintaining & developing your own technical skills, you will also provide technical leadership for the Carto Developer team to enhance technical capabilities, to provide creative, flexible and cost effective solutions. Contributing to the technical strategy formulation & design and support the implementation of solutions to enhance Cartography's delivery capability. You will provide expertise both internally and externally to OS on GI and other tools that enable improved automation and quality of cartographic processes. You will be an ‘ambassador’ for technical development in Cartographic processes when sharing information both within OS and externally. Developing the Carto Developers in the team so that they have the necessary skills to deliver the required improvements

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:

  • Advanced GIS toolset knowledge – Arc Map/ArcServer/Model Builder
  • Coding and software development – ideally knowledge of Python, FME, ESRI workflow manager
  • IT knowledge – knowledge of databases & data models
    Influencing and implementing technical improvements in a GI environment

Salary: £32,173.00 - 39,509.00, plus excellent benefits
Closing Date: 15 July 2014

Date July 2, 2014

OS Surveyor - North West London


OS Surveyor - North West London Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit a Surveyor to join their team. The available position would be based in North West London. In the role of Surveyor, you will use a range of methods and technologies (including positioning via Global Navigational Satellite Systems) to capture changes to the built environment, and amend the data layers in our National Geospatial Database using Geographic Information Systems.

As a resilient and self motivated individual, you will enjoy working independently, at home or outdoors in all weathers, as part of a geographically dispersed team. Effective communication skills are essential both for connecting with your colleagues and for engaging with the general public and organisations as you collect geographic data.

Great organisational skills are a must to help you effectively schedule your daily workload and minimise travelling time. Good spatial awareness and the ability to work to agreed specifications are essential to ensure delivery against our business plan. along with being computer savvy to deal with the day to day technical issues you may encounter when working remotely. Your commitment to continually develop your own skills and knowledge will be supported by our commitment to deliver on the job training and to achieve AssocRICS status if you don’t already have it.


  • Hold a Land Surveying degree (or similar qualification), or equivalent experience in the geomatics/geospatial information
  • industry, specifically in the field of data collection and mapping
    IT skills and knowledge including Geographical Information Systems
  • Communication skills: both written & oral
  • Committed and able to learn quickly and sometimes independently
  • Spatial awareness - which will be tested for as part of the assessment

Salary: £22,216.00 - 26,487.00, plus London allowance £4,160, company car and excellent benefits
Closing date: 10 July 2014

Date July 2, 2014

The Esri UK Great British Map Challenge

The Esri UK Great British Map Challenge Esri UK has announced a new contest to find Britain's best story map. The winning entries will win one of five top prizes and feature on Esri UK's new story map gallery which will launch in the autumn.

Story maps combine interactive maps and multimedia content to create a unique user experiences. Since the launch of ArcGIS Online, hundreds of organisations have used Esri’s mapping tools to tell their stories and some of the best examples can be found in Esri's Story Map Gallery.

Esri UK is encouraging potential story mappers to look at the ‘Great British Summer’ for inspiration. From major sporting events to music festivals, seaside holidays to picnics in city parks, there are many great British summer experiences that can be shared on a story map. Alternatively, entrants can submit story maps they have made previously.


There will be five prizes in total:

Grand prize/overall winner: A £500 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store.

Second prize winner: A £250 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store.

Third prize winner: A £100 Amazon voucher and your cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store.

Runners-up prizes: Two runners-up will each receive a £50 Amazon Store voucher and their cartography book of choice from the Esri Book Store.

The competition is now open and closes on 22 September 2014. The winning story maps will be announced in October and featured on Esri UK’s new story map gallery.

Date July 1, 2014

International Workshop in Spatial Data and Map Quality


International Workshop in Spatial Data and Map Quality A number of international groups and organisations actively involved in spatial data and map quality issues are organising a two-day international workshop aimed at providing innovative and original contribution to the ongoing debate on spatial data and map quality issues and at improving the process of knowledge transfer by means of the development of new techniques and methods for quality assessment of spatial data sets and the maps produced.

The two-day event will include an update on the data quality validation service being delivered by the ELF project. Participants will also investigate the need for the further development and application of the metadata and quality standards created by ISO TC 211.

The organisers invite submissions for an oral presentation, poster, or software demonstration. Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and submitted by 12 September 2014.

Date July 1, 2014

Clark Labs: Land Change Modeler Version 2.0 now available

Clark Labs: Land Change Modeler Version 2.0 now available Land Change Modeler for ArcGIS is an innovative land planning and decision support software extension to ArcGIS. Widely used for the prioritisation of conservation and planning efforts, Land Change Modeler allows you to rapidly analyse land cover change, simulate future land change scenarios, model REDD emission scenarios, and model species impacts and biodiversity.

With an automated, user-friendly workflow, Land Change Modeler simplifies the complexities of change analysis, resource management and habitat assessment. Land Change Modeler provides a start-to-finish solution for your land change analysis needs.

The Land Change Modeler is included within the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing software and is available as a software extension for use with ESRI’s ArcGIS product. It is compatible only with ArcGIS 10.2 or later.

Land Change Modeler users can do the following:

* Quickly map land change and trends
* Rapidly model future land change scenarios
* Assess habitat risk and species impacts
* Model species distribution and biodiversity
* Perform REDD analysis for the estimation of carbon emissions from deforestation
* Generate biological corridor designs
* Develop reserve selection and design scenarios

Date June 30, 2014

WMS Server featuring TatukGIS and Bing Maps


WMS Server featuring TatukGIS and Bing Maps The TatukGIS Developer Kernel component has been used to develop the server side of a custom client- server solution that combines TatukGIS functionality with the Microsoft Bing Maps service. The server module is a WMS server that provides map images and alphanumerical geology layer(s) to client applications. Integration of the Bing Maps API enables visualisation of any GIS data over satellite imagery or road maps while exposing all other features of Bing Maps, such as address geocoding, reverse geocoding, routing, etc.

The WMS server is developed using the Developer Kernel (DK) VCL edition with the Embarcadero Delphi development environment. The DK is preferable to other GIS technologies for this development because of its clean object structure, ability to work in read and write mode with multiple data formats using the same codebase, and the very competitive performance. A port of the server module to the new TatukGIS DK for ASP.NET edition and C# is in advanced development.

The free TatukGIS desktop Viewer is used to organise layers representing different geologic information as TatukGIS (*.ttkgp file) map projects for publishing from the server.

The client side of this solution is composed of two free applications available from the Windows Store: Geologia Italia and Terremoti. Each application presents geology of Italy as semi-transparent layers over Bing Maps roads or satellite imagery. Geological Italia presents geology and geolitology of Italy and Terremonti maps seismic hazards and the latest earthquakes events taken from the GeoRSS of Italian Volcanology and Geology Institute (INGV). The main purpose of these free applications is to spread access to Italian geological data to students of natural sciences and geology. The client apps are developed using C# with platform specific development tools.

These WMS server and client applications are developed by TatukGIS value added partner in Italy, ItacaSOFT. The client applications are presently available for Windows 8.1. Versions of these apps for Windows Phone and iOS are under development.

More about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel is available on the TatukGIS website.

Date June 30, 2014
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