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Geoawesome list of the top 100 geospatial start-ups and companies in the world

Geoawesome list of the top 100 geospatial start-ups and companies in the world

Geoawesome is a blog about geospatial technologies and everything awesome around it.

Their list of top 100 geospatial start-ups and companies article can be found in Geoawesome's Geo Business section.

Most of these start-ups and companies are located in the US, but there are a number UK companies listed as well and include the following:

  • Blue Sense Networks (Reading)
  • Citymapper (London)
  • Fatmap (London)
  • GIS Cloud (London)
  • Locomizer (London)
  • SenseWhere (Edinburgh)
  • what3words (London)

Please visit the Geoawesome website to see their full list.

Date February 11, 2016

Marine Support Officer's post at the JNCC

Job

Marine Support Officer

Appointment Type: Fixed Term Appointment for 18 Months
Location: Aberdeen
Team: Marine Fisheries Team
Salary: £21,873 per annum

Closing date: 09:00 on Monday, 29 February 2016  (The anticipated interview date is during week commencing 14 March 2016).
 
Post background

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is seeking to recruit a Marine Support Officer for its Marine Fisheries and Species Teams, to assist in the development of advice on potential impacts of fisheries in MPAs and the provision of statutory advice on the conservation of marine mammal species.
 
Post Duties
 
MSOs undertake a range of duties such as (but not limited to):

  • Development of species conservation advice - Help develop JNCC advice on the conservation of marine mammal and reptile species by undertaking periodic reviews of the literature and collating relevant text.
  • Development of fisheries impacts advice - Help develop JNCC advice on the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems and management of fisheries in protected areas by undertaking periodic reviews of the literature and collating relevant text.
  • Co-ordination and standardisation of advice - Co-ordinate the work of the Interagency Marine Fisheries Working group and the Interagency Marine Mammal Working Group. This will involve liaising with colleagues in member organisations, organising routine meetings and maintaining and managing an "actions" log.
  • GIS and mapping support – Manipulation of geospatial data (ecological, physical and human activities) using QGIS and ArcGIS to produce high quality and consistent GIS outputs to support offshore survey planning Presentation of data in reports and communications materials. GIS and mapping outputs will be tailored to different audiences to facilitate the communication with and engagement of stakeholders.
  • Communications - Contributing to the production and dissemination of appropriate material in a variety of media to communicate the objectives of the MPA networks to national and international scientists, policy-makers and sea-users.
  • MPA Development - Support the public consultation on proposed MPAs through the dissemination of material to facilitate stakeholder engagement and through the collation of consultation responses.

Other tasks - Contribute to other aspects of the team’s work as required, including taking minutes and organising meetings. Finalising reports for publication as part of the JNCC report series.

The post will involve close collaboration with colleagues within the JNCC, with external contractors, data archive centres, research agencies, and with the country conservation agencies.
 
Competencies

Specialist/professional knowledge and skills

Degree or equivalent qualification and relevant recent practical work experience that provides the following essential knowledge and experience:

  • ability to use standard office software (word, presentational software and the internet), in particular experience using; spread sheets to interrogate and manipulate data in a logical and methodical manner (preferably MS Office);
  • a general scientific and policy knowledge of fisheries industry;
  • a general scientific and policy knowledge of European Protected Species; and
  • ability to organise and coordinate meetings and workshops.

Additional skills and experience that would be desirable to the posts

  • Experience using databases and GIS to map, manipulate and interpret datasets (preferably MS Access, QGIS, ArcGIS).
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control standards.
  • A broad understanding of marine nature conservation work in UK (ideally including MPAs) to manage human activities that affect habitats & species.

Core Competencies

Seeing the big picture

  • Take an active interest in expanding their knowledge of areas related to own role (Essential).
  • Keep up to date with a broad set of issues relating to the work of JNCC (Desirable).

Changing and improving

  • Consider and suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner (Essential).
  • Conduct regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make on-going improvements (Desirable).

Making effective decisions

  • Examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions (Essential).
  • Explain clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached (Desirable).

Leading and communicating

  • Listen to, understand, respect and accept the value of different views, ideas and ways of working (Essential).
  • Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others (Essential).
  • Confidently handle challenging conversations (Desirable).

Collaborating and partnering

  • Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results (Essential).
  • Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues (Essential).

Managing a quality service

  • Ensure that levels of service are maintained – flag up risks or concerns in order to meet customer requirements (Essential).
  • Work with team to set priorities, create clear plans and manage all work to meet the needs of the customer and the business (Desirable).

Date February 10, 2016

Course: Introduction to Using R as a GIS

GIS Learning Resource Cost

Course: Introduction to Using R as a GIS

Description
This course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R.

We will look at appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic spatial analysis. We will be using R Studio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

Experience of creating maps in ArcGIS, QGIS or similar is preferable, but not required. Experience of using R is not required. Please email Nick for more information. Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Who teaches the course?

Dr Nick Bearman
Research Associate & University Teacher Geography and Planning

Date and Times
Thursday, 3 March 2016, 9:30am to 4pm.

Location
Sydney Jones Library,
University of Liverpool,
Training Room 1

Costs
£60: UK registered students
£130: staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government
£200: all other participants including staff from commercial organisations

Reduced prices are available for University of Liverpool affiliated students and staff cost negotiable for those less able to pay; please contact Nick Bearman for details.

Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you need any more information, please email Nick Bearman at n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk.

Date February 10, 2016

Course: Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis

Learning Resource Cost

Course: Intermediate R for Spatial Analysis

Date and Times: Friday, 4 March 2016, 9:30am to 4pm.

Location:
Sydney Jones Library,
University of Liverpool,
Training Room 1

Description

In this, course you will learn how to prepare and analyse spatial data in RStudio and GeoDa.

You use RStudio to perform spatial overlay techniques (such as union, intersection and buffers) to combine different spatial data layers to support a spatial analysis decision. You will also use RStudio and GeoDa to explore a range of different spatial analyses including regression, Moran’s I and clustering. By the end of the course you will understand how RStudio manages spatial data and be able to use RStudio for a range of spatial analysis.

Experience of using R and working with spatial data is highly recommended. If you are not already familiar with the basic elements of GIS or R, you may wish to attend the course “Introduction to Using R for Spatial Analysis” prior to this course where provide these skills.

Who teaches the course?

Dr Nick Bearman
Research Associate & University Teacher Geography and Planning

Costs
£60: UK registered students
£130: staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government
£200: all other participants including staff from commercial organisations

Reduced prices are available for University of Liverpool affiliated students and staff cost negotiable for those less able to pay; please contact Nick Bearman for details.

Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you need any more information, please email Nick Bearman at n.bearman at liverpool.ac.uk or soesms at liverpool.ac.uk.

Only two places remaining for this course.

Date February 10, 2016

Course: Introduction to QGIS 2016

GIS Learning Resource Cost

Course: Introduction to QGIS 2016

Dates:
Thursday, 17 to Friday, 18 March 2016.

Location:
Leeds Institute for Data Analytics,
Worsley building, Level 11,
University of Leeds,
Leeds
LS2 9JT

Description

This 1.5 day course provides an introduction to QGIS, an open source Geographic Information System software package. You will be introduced to the various components of the software and learn how to work with both vector and raster data layers. You will learn how to run simple geospatial analyses, how to edit existing maps and how to create maps using your own data, which you are encouraged to bring to the course.

Who teaches the programme?

Rachel Oldroyd is a quantitative geographer based in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds. She teaches GIS at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level within the School of Geography and has over 8 years’ experience working with GIS. Rachel has a background in Computer Science and Geomatics and her research interests include, spatial data analytics for food safety, applied GIS and web-based mapping.

Event Package

All other postgrads throughout UK, Postdoc researchers, public and charitable sector staff
Cost: £150.00

All others
Cost: £450.00

Leeds postgrads and DTC students
Cost: £90.00

Please visit the website for more information, or to book a place for this course. In total, there are 45 places available for this course.

Please contact Eleri Pound ( e.a.pound at leeds.ac.uk ) with any queries.

Date February 10, 2016

National Library of Australia announce free download of high resolution mapping

Raw Data Free Research Learning Resource GIS World

National Library of Australia announce free download of high resolution mapping

The National Library of Australia has announced the release of nearly 40,000 maps in downloadable high-resolution files. Most items have already been visible on the library’s catalogue, and on Trove already. Now all digitised maps are available for free and immediate download in both the highest resolution and compressed formats. This represents about 5% of the Library’s total maps collection, from the earliest mapping by European cartographers, the early explorers and maritime charts, colonial settlement and pastoral mapping, land administration, town planning, Australia’s early topographic series, commercial, pictorial, wartime etc.

The Library has been scanning its maps since 2002, and over that time users have consistently voted for change, especially where out of copyright materials is concerned. As the project developed, the Maps team has focussed effort on how to get maps out to people as easily as possible, and how get more people to use the Library’s maps. Late in 2015 the new functionality passed the test, and last month the library released the entire collection of digitised maps. Once out of copyright material is scanned, free download saves time and effort on both sides.

The rest of the Library’s Maps Collection of over 800,000 maps, globes, atlases and other cartographic materials await. Maps not yet scanned may be ordered through thier Copies Direct service.

The Library has also added other functionality to maps online, better panning and zooming, rotation of images, and easy to use series indexes for over 1500 Australian and international series, to help identify the Library’s holdings.

Date February 10, 2016

IJHG February 2016 edition is available online

Research Free

IJHG February 2016 edition is available online

The following article is 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 9 January to 8 February 2016.

Editorial  

On the road to personalised and precision geomedicine: medical geology and a renewed call for interdisciplinarity. Kamel Boulos M and Le Blond J.

Research  

Performance analysis of multiple Indoor Positioning Systems in a healthcare environment. Van Haute T, De Poorter E, Crombez P, Lemic F, Handziski V, Wirström N, Wolisz A, Voigt T and Moerman I.

A Bayesian Belief Network for Murray Valley encephalitis virus risk assessment in Western Australia. Ho S, Speldewinde P and Cook A.

The effect of concentrating obstetrics services in fewer hospitals on patient access: a simulation. Koike S, Matsumoto M, Ide H, Kashima S, Atarashi H and Yasunaga H.

The use of national administrative data to describe the spatial distribution of in-hospital mortality following stroke in France, 2008–2011. Roussot A, Cottenet J, Gadreau M, Giroud M, Béjot Y and Quantin C.

Review  

Evolution of research in health geographics through the International Journal of Health Geographics (2002–2015). Pérez S, Laperrière V, Borderon M, Padilla C, Maignant G and  Oliveau S.

Date February 9, 2016

1Spatial Webinar FME 2016: five hot features you might have missed

Free

1Spatial Webinar FME 2016: five hot features you might have missed

FME 2016 has landed and there’s a lot to take in, so much so, that what might seem like an insignificant new feature at first can have some serious benefits to your ETL (extract, transform, load) routines. This session will highlight some of the new features and why you might want to take a closer look.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2016

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm GMT

Date February 9, 2016

J B Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography announced

J B Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography announced

The Trustees of the J B Harley Research Fellowships Trust Fund are pleased to announce the twenty-third series of awards, offering support to assist research in the map collections of the United Kingdom.  

Awards have been made to:

Anna Feintuck (University of Edinburgh) The production and use of cartographic knowledge: a case study of Charles E Goad's fire insurance plans of Edinburgh and Leith, 1891-1906 (2 weeks)

John Moore (Collections Manager, University of Glasgow Library) British Directory Maps: an analysis of the maps accompanying the local directories of Scotland and Wales (2 weeks)

Dr Lisa Poggiali (University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism) Digital Democracy and Analogue Autocracy?: The History of Mapping in Kenya (2 weeks)

For the period 2014-2017, in addition to the normal J B Harley Fellowships there are also Harley-Delmas Fellowships funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, for research on the history of cartography during the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment c.1400-c.1800. Awards have been made to:

Florin-Stefan Morar (Harvard University) The Maps of Myriad Kingdoms: Translation and the Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge between East Asia and Early Modern Europe (2 weeks)

Dr Susan Schulten  (Professor of History and Department Chair, University of Denver) A History of North America in 100 Maps (2 weeks)

For details of past awards, numbers of applicants, and extracts from previous Fellows’ reports, please visit their website. This also contains information about applying for a Fellowship (closing date 1st November each year).

Ms Rose Mitchell, Hon. Sec., Harley Fellowships
February 2015

Date February 9, 2016

1832 Cholera Map for Leeds

1832 Cholera Map for Leeds

Twenty Years before John Snow mapped the locations of cholera victims in Broad Street, London, Robert Baker plotted the deaths of 703 cholera victims in Leeds.

The Sanitary Map of the Town of Leeds was created by Robert Baker following the 1832 outbreak of cholera in the Yorkshire town. Baker was a District Surgeon to the Leeds Board of Health. The Sanitary Map formed part of Baker's 1833 report to the Board of Health on the cholera outbreak in the town.

Date February 9, 2016
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