SotM fast approaching - mug deadline 22nd August
Just a reminder that State Of the Map is approaching quickly. If you want to get a special SotM mug with your name on it, then you have to book your place by 9am(BST) on the 22nd of August.
OpenStreetMap's annual international conference, State of the Map is returning to the UK, the first time it has come to the UK since the very first State of the Map in 2007.
State of the Map is the global gathering for everyone contributes to and/or uses OpenStreetMap. We will assemble to celebrate the scale of the changes and achievements so far. There will be keynotes and a breakout stream of presentations and workshops examining current practice, organisation and relationships; and preparing for the changes we can expect in coming years. In fact, so much has happened and is happening to OpenStreetMap that the theme of this year's conference is "Change".
Research Fellow - University of Southampton
A Research Fellow is required to assist with work on the AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop population distribution mapping and modelling projects, as well as the human mobility mapping project. The post-holder will join Geography and Environment, in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton, but the work will also involve close collaboration with partners at the Universities of Oxford, Brussels, Harvard, Stanford, Penn State, Florida and Louisville, as well as the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.
They are seeking a scientist with strong quantitative skills to help support and advance the work of the population mapping and mobility projects. The project work to be undertaken by the candidate involves:
- the production of gridded population distribution datasets and further development of existing mapping methods and tools
- the development and maintenance of an archive of country-specific spatial datasets of relevance to population distributions
- the design and development of approaches for modelling population movements in low income regions from a range of datasets
- the integration of movement datasets and models with existing population distribution datasets
Experience of computer programming, GIS and spatial statistics, and dealing with large gridded ‘raster’ datasets is, therefore, a significant advantage. The projects are highly interdisciplinary and as such there is some flexibility to accommodate expertise from a range of cognate disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. geography, demography, statistics, computer science, ecology, epidemiology etc.). Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant quantitative discipline and an emerging profile of excellent academic publications. It is essential that you have a strong statistical background and some familiarity with demographic and spatial datasets. You will have experience of GIS and you will be able to contribute to developing the group’s research portfolio and publications. A willingness to travel overseas occasionally is also necessary.
Salary: £27,854 to £34,223
Closing Date: Friday 13 September 2013 Date August 19, 2013
Mapping the Nation - on BBC Radio
I heard the interview with Charles Withers and Chris Fleet on BBC Scotland this morning about their book 'Scotland - Mapping the Nation'. I have a copy of the book and it is really very good.
If you want to hear it, the introduction starts at 1:53:45 into morning programme linked below.
Product Licensing Executive - OS
The Ordnance Survey are seeking to recruit a Product Licensing Executive. This role is a great opportunity to build up your commercial awareness and develop a sound understanding of how our business trades. You will be within a team that works at the heart of the business and is responsible for implementing change that impacts the way our customers and partners utilise our products and services, supporting opportunities for revenue growth, the delivery of the product portfolio roadmap and understanding our regulatory obligations. You will work across the business to determine requirements on a wide variety of subjects, including reviewing existing processes, pricing, terms and conditions or developing new aspects, all of which need to be implemented and communicated effectively.
As a Product Licensing Executive you will:
- Develop commercially sound proposals and new or revised licensing terms and conditions which meet business and customer requirements.
- Ensure business risks are presented within proposals in order that the decision makers have the relevant facts before them when making any decision having a potential impact on Ordnance Survey and its customers and partners.
- Ensure new or revised licensing terms are communicated so that others may implement these changes with the minimum disruption to the business and the customer.
- Provide information to allow business systems to be changed to reflect licensing changes, in order that licensing management can be performed in an effective and efficient manner.
- Provide consultancy to colleagues in order that appropriate commercial agreements can be progressed with customers and partners.
- Provide support to internal governance groups for decisions on pricing and trading issues.
Salary: £31,879 - £39,148
Closing Date: 22 August 2013 Date August 14, 2013
40 maps that explain the World
There is a great little blog post from the Washington Post that highlights 40 maps that explain the World. The maps are gathered from various sources and show statistics such as ethnic diversity, racial tolerance, gay rights, and writing systems.
Global trend maps need to be treated with a bit of caution simply because it is hard to employ consistent data collection methods. However, the collection is quite interesting and provides a good discussion point for many topical issues. The article also provides links to further information on each map.
IJHG July-August 2013 edition available online
The following articles are now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free, and include articles submitted to the Journal from 13 July 2013 to 12 August 2013.
- Estimating the reproductive number in the presence of spatial heterogeneity of transmission patterns. White LF, Archer B and Pagano M.
- Particulate air pollution and health inequalities: a Europe-wide ecological analysis. Richardson EA, Pearce J, Tunstall H, Mitchell R and Shortt NK.
Date August 13, 2013
Solution Architects - OS
The Ordnance Survey are looking for two experienced Solution Architects, one to join the Web team and one to join the Distribution and Business Systems team.
The successful candidate will be able to:
- Provide leadership in the definition and implementation of solutions for a variety of different projects in an agile environment.
- Engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to deliver feasibility studies and technical options
- Formulate solutions, based upon business requirements, taking into account our architectural principles and standards, and leading towards the definition of architectural artefacts, including the production of architecture documentation and presentations
- Provide technical leadership to development teams, working closely with them in the implementation of these solutions.
You will be ensuring the delivery of a flexible, cost effective and appropriately future-proofed solution - whether you’re building strong relationships with stakeholders or making sure that solutions are in line with business and technical strategies, you’ll be working to deliver improvements that provide real and demonstrable value to the business.
Closing Date: 30th August 2103 Date August 13, 2013
Lecturer in Spatiotemporal Data Analytics - UCL
University College London are seeking to appoint an inspiring lecturer and enthusiastic team player to join the multi-disciplinary research SpaceTimeLab within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL). The appointment will be at the Lecturer level. The appointee will actively engage in research of international standing in (Big) Spatiotemporal Data Analytics, and will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the department in the area of GIScience and spatiotemporal data analytics. An ability to contribute to our rich and varied programme of research and teaching activities is essential.
The successful candidate will be able to interact with researchers from other disciplines, be flexible, have, or be near to completing, a doctoral degree in a relevant area of GIScience, Computer Science or Geography. Core research expertise in space-time modelling, machine learning or visual analytics is required, and previous teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will have good organisational and interpersonal skills a team-working spirit, an understanding of the needs of our students and the determination to make a positive impact in research and teaching.
UCL vacancy reference: 1353829
Salary: £40,216 – 47,441
Closing Date: 5th September 2013
Research Fellow in Satellite Geodesy - Leeds
"Developing and Automating InSAR time series methods for Sentinel-1". The University of Leeds is seeking a Research Fellow who will work on a major (£3M) research project: ‘Looking inside the Continents from Space: Insights into Earthquake Hazard and Crustal Deformation’ (LICS), funded by the NERC
LICS aims to produce radically-improved estimates of time-dependent surface deformation in the Alpine-Himalayan Belt and East African Rift using radar data from Sentinel-1. LICS will use these to create a new model of seismic hazard and to determine the appropriate dynamical models that describe the observed deformation.
Working closely with other members of the LICS team, the candidate will be responsible for developing time-series methods and algorithms for routine application across large regions using data from Sentinel-1.
The candidate will work in the School of Earth and Environment which has a strong international research profile, including the fields of active tectonics and satellite geodesy.
Salary: £30,424 - £36,298 p.a
Closing Date: 14th September 2013
GIS MOOC online soon
Spotted over at GIS LoungeGIS is set to get it's first MOOC. MOOCs are Massive Open Online Resources and provide free access to learning resources and courses. The MOOC Maps and the Geospatial Revolution is being put together by Dr. Anthony Robinson of Penn State University. The course is aimed at new GIS users and has no prerequisites. It should take around 10 hours of effort each week and lasts for 5 weeks..Date August 9, 2013