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Introduction to ArcGIS for social scientists

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Introduction to ArcGIS for social scientists

Organising Institution:
University of Leeds

Event address:
Room 9.162, Level 9,
School of Earth & Environment,
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Monday, 15 December 15, 9:30am-4:30pm

Name of instructor: Dr Paul Norman

Cost: £30 for Leeds postgraduate & DTC students; £60 UK registered postgraduate students, public & charitable sector; £180 for all others. (Fee includes lunch and refreshments)

Event Description: This one day course provides an introduction to Geographical Information Systems. The course is aimed at people who are near the start of a research situation in which they want to incorporate geographically referenced data which may be located as points, lines or polygons (areas).

Using ArcGIS, you will:

  • Import and display raw data in a GIS;
  • Use GIS functionality to analyse different types of information;
  • Produce maps of results for incorporation into reports.

Course Content

  • 9:00 - 9:30: Registration and refreshments
  • Concepts and definitions, what is GIS? which software?
  • Practical: The ArcMap interface: exploring data
  • Presenting data using GIS
  • Practical: Drawing maps and importing into a report
  • Importing raw data into ArcMap
  • 15:30 - 15:45 Refreshments
  • Practical: Importing raw data into ArcMap: GIS functionality
  • Analysing data using GIS: What’s your question?

Please Note: Participants will have full access to PCs, so there is no need to bring laptops.

To book a place, please visit the ArcGIS training website.

There are 21 places available as of today.

Last Booking Date for this Event: Monday, 8 December 2014

For further information, please contact Amy O’Neill.

email: a.oneill at leeds.ac.uk 

tele: 0113 343 3535

Date November 13, 2014

Earth Scientist post at University of Stirling

Earth Scientist post at University of Stirling

The School of Natural Science at the University of Stirling is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated Earth observation scientist to work on the EC FP7 INFORM project, improved monitoring and forecasting of ecological status of European inland waters by combining future Earth observation data and models.  The appointment is full time for 3 years.

Essential Criteria


Applicants must have a PhD and post-doctoral research experience in the numerical sciences with experience in one or more of the following: airborne and satellite data processing; ocean or inland water remote sensing; marine or inland water bio-optics; or oceanography or limnology.

Experience undertaking field campaigns and research cruises in inland or marine waters is essential.

Desirable Criteria

Skills in computer programming in one or more languages e.g. C, C++, Python, IDL or Java would also be an advantage.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 14 November 2014.

Interviews are expected to take place on 11 December 2014.

Date November 12, 2014

New book about London showcases UCL data and mapping research

New book about London showcases UCL data and mapping research

Published last week after a year of intensive work, Dr James Cheshire's (UCL Geography) and designer Oliver Uberti's new book offers an impressive collection of London maps and infographics.

‘London: the Information Capital’ seeks to paint a contemporary portrait of the city through its abundance of open data and highlights a range of UCL research from departments including the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and UCL Security and Crime Science.

Work from UCL researchers featured in the book includes the capture of commuter flows from Oyster Card data, a new map of the demographic composition of the capital and fresh insights into huge volumes of social media data.

The book contains over 100 full-colour spreads alongside essays introducing each of five broad themes, including Where we are, Who we are, Where we go, How we’re doing and What we like. 

Facts from the book include:

  • The trains of the London Underground network log more than 75 million kilometres a year – like circling the Earth at the Equator 1,900 times. 
  • In one corner of the City of London, the population spikes from 222 residents by night to in excess of 127,000 by day. 
  • In 2013, the London emergency services responded to 1.1 million calls. 32,500 of them were for incapacitated binge-drinkers. 
  • In 2013, Londoners took 2.4 billion bus journeys.
  • How “The Knowledge” of London’s black cab drivers compares to sat nav.

Date November 12, 2014

Senior Marine Planner for Marine Management Organisation


Senior Marine Planner for Marine Management Organisation

Starting salary: £33,738 pa (Permanent)
Location: Lancaster House, Newcastle upon Tyne. Other locations considered, with significant travel involved
Reference Number: IRC91021

Marine planning is a new approach to the management of our seas, setting the direction for decision making at a regional level to ensure a sustainable future for our coastal and offshore waters.

Job Description

As Senior Marine Planner, you’ll manage a unit of Marine Planners, leading the collation and analysis of evidence to support the development, monitoring and reporting of marine plans. This key post will give you a unique overview of these activities, which you’ll combine with a good grasp of policy and the views of the stakeholders involved. In short, you’ll be working at the hub of evidence, management and policy. To excel, you’ll need to work with contacts within and outside the MMO. With their input, you’ll not only deliver marine plans, but help to develop the marine planning process itself. A technical lead on at least one topic or sector, you will help to shape the future of our seas.

Requirements for the Post

Applicants will have an in-depth understanding of marine or coastal evidence and issues, backed up by a degree in a relevant subject or significant experience. Highly analytical, you also bring a proven track record of interpreting evidence covering a range of topics or sectors. You combine this with excellent IT skills, and ideally knowledge of GIS, good organisation and team-focus. You may also have experience in assessments including undertaking sustainability appraisals, habitat regulations or environmental impact assessments. We need someone who can explain complex issues clearly, adapt to changing circumstances, work collaboratively and complete tasks on time, in accordance with best practice.

For more information, please visit the environmentjob website.

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014.

Date November 12, 2014

The QuanTile website has been released

The QuanTile website has been released

Today, Dr Alex Singleton has announced the launch of the QuanTile website, the new home to the Quantitative Methods Research Group, and to the Geographical Information Science Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute for British Geographers) (RGS-IBG).

Although they are two separate research groups, both have a shared interest in the use of geographical data and geographical methods of analysis for research and teaching. Many of their members choose to join both groups as Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). You can become a member by yourself here.

This website also hosts teaching and learning resources that were developed from the QuanTile project. QuanTile was Jointly funded by the ESRC, HEFCE and the British Academy (BA), and involved a team from the RGS-IBG working with members of both the GIScRG and QMRG to support and gain a better understanding of the state of quantitative methods teaching in UK schools and Universities.

The CATMOG series of quantitative methods guides has returned as well with this release of the QuanTile website.

Date November 12, 2014

Explorer for ArcGIS on the Android platform coming soon

Explorer for ArcGIS on the Android platform coming soon

Explorer for ArcGIS on Android is a native app and has a look and feel that will be familiar to Android users. Like our other Explorer for ArcGIS apps on iOS and Mac OS X this app was created for everyone, it is intuitive and easy to use, and no special training is required to us the app.

Explorer for ArcGIS lets users open and interact maps that are published to your organisation or shared publicly on ArcGIS Online.  With Explorer users have easy access to your favorite maps, you can find new maps, search for places and features in a map, sketch on a map and more.

Esri is currently running a private beta program of Explorer for ArcGIS on Android. They are opening the beta up to a limited number of new participants. If you would like to be part of the beta be one of the first to send an email to esriexplorerandroid at gmail.com and you will receive an invite to join the beta testing.

Date November 12, 2014

Scottish Census Data, 2011 Map available


Scottish Census Data, 2011 Map available

This interactive Scottish 2011 Census Map, which James Trimble has created and released, includes many of the variables from Release 2A, covering topics such as age, marital and civil partnership status, national identity, language and religion. The map was created using the the Google Maps API's recently-added feature for displaying GeoJSON data.

James Trimble's, UK Data Explorer website, offers a rich source of interactive maps which display a wide range of data themes including the following:

  • European Word Translator
  • Deprivation in London
  • Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • Renewable Electricity Sites
  • Census 2011, England
  • Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation

His website also includes economic time-series data and experimental visualisations; the Connecting Flight Finder is a useful application for those interested in travelling and wishing to check connecting airports.


Date November 11, 2014

Proforest posts: Senior Project Managers/Project Managers with strong GIS skills


Proforest posts: Senior Project Managers/Project Managers with strong GIS skills

Proforest is seeking team members for their consultancy services in responsible sourcing. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Proforest team and contribute to the delivery of projects within Proforest’s consultancy services, working with major international brands and consumer goods clients.  

Position summary 

These positions offer an exciting opportunity to join the Proforest team and contribute to the delivery of projects within Proforest’s consultancy services, in both the forest products and agricultural commodities sectors.  Proforest have been leaders in the field of responsible sourcing for ten years, and we are looking to appoint individuals to join our team and contribute to our continued growth in this area. There are potentially opportunities for both more senior professionals and less experienced individuals. Based in Oxford, UK the posts will involve participating in a range of projects.  Current and recent clients include Nestlé, Unilever, Tetra Pak, General Mills, Shell, HSBC, and Olam International.   The posts will involve international travel. 


  • Manage and deliver responsible sourcing partnerships and projects for clients. This includes proposal writing, budgeting, technical work (including fieldwork where relevant), managing client relationships and reporting.
  • Contribute to the development of the relevant Proforest consultancy service areas, including involvement in activities such as planning, business development and monitoring of progress against objectives. 
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the current policy and strategic factors relating to the responsible sourcing of forest products and agricultural commodities.  
  • Working on other related projects and programmes as required, especially in relation to sustainability standards and certification schemes. 
  • Contribute to the broader functioning of the Proforest team, including participation in support for the planning and delivery of other services. 

Essential Qualifications, Experience, Skills

  • Tertiary level (masters or equivalent) qualification in a relevant discipline (natural resources, social sciences, business, communications, systems) 
  • A clear understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues affecting the forest products and agricultural commodities sectors 
  • Awareness of the motivations and drivers relating to responsible sourcing in international agricultural supply chains, including key commodities such as palm oil and soya
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience  
  • Project and team management skills (including excellent time-management, problem-solving and organisational abilities) 
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, as well as proven ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment 
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills, including presentation skills 

Highly desirable

  • Fluency in a second language (particularly Spanish, Portuguese or French) 
  • Experience and/or knowledge related to sustainability standards, auditing, and certification, in the context of natural resource management (forestry, agriculture, fisheries, REDD+) 
  • Experience related to working in forest management and/or agricultural commodity production systems
  • Strong GIS skills, preferably including ArcInfo experience


Commensurate with experience.

To apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position, confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK and your salary history to personnel at proforest.net or by post to:

Henning Thiel 
Operations Manager | Proforest 
South Suite | Frewin Chambers 
Frewin Court | Oxford OX1 3HZ 
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: Sunday, 23 November 2014

Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.

Date November 11, 2014

Take the Ordnance Survey's GB Cities Quiz

Take the Ordnance Survey

The OS is offering this quiz to see if you can identify 10 British cities. 

Question 6: If you want to see a tropical garden the size of 30 football pitches, which westerly city should you head to?

If you can answer this question, then see if you can correctly answer the other nine.

Good luck!

Date November 11, 2014

Assistant GIS Data Manager post at RSPB (Fixed Term)


Assistant GIS Data Manager post at RSPB (Fixed Term)

Location: Bedfordshire

RSPB are currently mobilising data for species monitored on RSPB reserves so they can be included in their state-of-the art GIS database, Merlin. Liaising with their site staff, the successful candidate will assist in prioritising and preparing all the species data held at each reserve ready for use in Merlin. RSPB also welcome someone who has a familiarity with using spreadsheets for handling species data, and having an eye for detail plus the patience to sort through lots of data.

The data management office is based at Sandy, but the role will involve some travel within the UK to visit RSPB reserves when needed. A driving licence would be useful but is not essential. A strong interest in natural history and knowledge of current conservation issues would be a definite advantage.

£16,000 to £19,000 per annum
Hours and contract information
Hours: Full time
Contract: 9 month fixed term contract
Closing date: 28 November 2014

Interview date: 12 December 2014

How to apply
For complete details of this post (including an application form) please download an application pack from the RSPB website. When you return the application form, ensure that you include reference number A2811014 on any correspondence.
For questions about this post
Stephen Blain
stephen.blain at rspb.org.uk
01767 693482

Send application forms to

Liz Hoffmann
elizabeth.hoffmann at rspb.org.uk
The RSPB, 
The Lodge, 
Potton Road, 
Sandy, Bedfordshire, 
SG19 2DL, 
tele: 01767 693149

Date November 11, 2014
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