IJHG November-December 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 18 November 2013 to 21 December 2013.
Using simple agent-based modeling to inform and enhance neighborhood walkability. Badland H, White M, MacAulay G, Eagleson S, Mavoa S, Pettit C and Giles-Corti B.
Using google street view for systematic observation of the built environment: analysis of spatio-temporal instability of imagery dates. Curtis JW, Curtis A, Mapes J, Szell AB and Cinderich A.
People living in hilly residential areas in metropolitan Perth have less diabetes: spurious association or important environmental determinant? Villanueva K, Knuiman M, Koohsari MJ, Hickey S, Foster S, Badland H, Nathan A, Bull F and Giles-Corti B.
Comparing self-identified and census-defined neighborhoods among adolescents using GPS and accelerometer. Robinson AI and Oreskovic NM.
How many suffice? A computational framework for sizing sentinel surveillance networks. Fairchild G, Polgreen PM, Foster E, Rushton G and Segre AM.
Spatial autocorrelation in uptake of antenatal care and relationship to individual, household and village-level factors: results from a community-based survey of pregnant women in six districts in western Kenya. Prudhomme O’Meara W, Platt A, Naanyu V, Cole D and Ndege S.
Detecting cancer clusters in a regional population with local cluster tests and Bayesian smoothing methods: a simulation study. Lemke D, Mattauch V, Heidinger O, Pebesma E and Hense H.
Geomatics and mapping, a prospective vision
The Laboratory CEDETE ( Centre for the Study of Development Planning and Environment ) at the University of Orleans is pleased to invite you to attend the Geomatics and mapping, a prospective vision conference. The conference will take place between the 2nd July and 3rd July 2014.
Geomatics is essential today in areas related to knowledge representation, management, and spatial planning. Highlight the main lines of development of the various disciplines, technologies, methods and applications This symposium aims. It as another objective to highlight methods and original and innovative enabling policymakers to make informed choices applications. An emphasis will be placed on information technology and the most innovative communication.
Teacher-researchers and practitioners to present their work (seminars and workshops) organized four workshops:
- The decision mapping,
- Land management of tomorrow
- The acquisition and structuring of databases,
- New trends in the field of geovisualization.
OS OpenData masterclass materials
If you are new to GIS and want to get more out of both data and software you should have a look at the course material that the Ordnance Survey have just made available.
The Ordnance Survey run a series of workshops that focus on their OpenData. The series was run through late Autumn and early Winter and covered many aspects associated with using spatial data. There were sessions on spatial querying, geocoding and cartographic design. If you didn't manage to get along to the workshops then you can download the exercises and work through them yourself. And, because the exercises all make use of OS OpenData anyone can follow them. For each exercise there is a zip folder of data and a PDF workbook making it really quite simple to follow.
IS Designer - Ordnance Survey
The Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit a IS Designer. You will apply your deep knowledge and hands on experience of scrum based Geospatial development in a lead role in the design, development and delivery of our core geospatial applications. You will be designing solutions to support a number of projects across our enterprise to fit customer requirements. Actively participating within an agile software development team, working at the cutting edge of geospatial development in the UK, you will drive forward software engineering best practice and champion team delivery to ensure the delivery of continual benefit to the business.
- Very good track record with evidence in the delivery of Design of
- Applications within an Agile environment
- Good knowledge and skills in enterprise design across at least one key technology area including Integration with existing systems
- Very good knowledge of relevant industry Best Practices
- Very good skills in resolving complex design problems and issues
- Expert knowledge in Geospatial software development using Scrum
Salary: Salary: £31,879.00 - 39,148.00, plus excellent benefits
Closing Date: 20 December 2013 Date December 16, 2013
Data and Visualisation - 2013 review
A great post from Flowing Data highlighting the best data visualisations of the year. There are some crackers in there and they demonstrate how data viz has been maturing. As our Wolrd becomes increasingly data rich visulisations become increasingly important as they allow readers to extract useful information from the data. The visualisations are very America focused so perhaps someone should put together another list that is more global. This might be a good place to start.Date December 16, 2013
Friday lunchtime lecture: Typhoon Crisis Mapping with OpenStreetMap
An introduction to OpenStreetMap, the UK-born project to map the world as open data, and a look at how volunteer mappers helped with disaster response in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
Harry Wood is a developer at transportAPI.com, an ODI startup company. Harry is also on the board of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.
It is free, but you have to register to get the login details to follow the streaming.
When: Friday 10 January 2014, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
SOTM US 2014
SOTM are happy to announce that the 2014 State of the Map US conference will take place in Washington DC at the Convention Center April 12 and 13.
Plan to join us to connect with other mappers, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, and hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvement. Connect with other OpenStreetMap users from an amazing ecosystem of enthusiast mappers, businesses, government agencies, and non profits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world.
ESA's Cryosat maps continued ice loss in Antarctica
A team of British Scientists from The University of Leeds have published new figures that describe the continued loss of mass from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Dr Malcolm MacMillan and Prof Andy Shepherd have presented their findings at the AGU Fall Meeting which is the largest gathering of geophysical scientists. The data has been gathered using Cryosat's radar sensors, and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques to derive relative surface elevations. These can then be mapped through time to show thinning, which in turn can be used to infer mass loss. Three glaciers have been pinpointed as thinning at rates of around 1m per year. These are Pine Island Glacier, Thwaites Glacier and Smith Glacier. The effect of this thinning could have resulted in West Antarctica contributing around 0.28mm/yr to global sea levels between 2005 and 2010. This may seem small, but it is significant. Continued monitoring of the area will hopefully reduce any uncertainty and reveal if the rate of thinning is increasing.
More details can be found on the BBC website, or on the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM)
2014 Esri user conference registration now open
You can now register for the 2014 Esri user conference. The Esri user conference has been running for years and is one of the biggest gathering of GI professionals.
Map, app, and have a good time. Experience 900 real-world projects, 300 technical sessions, and 15,000 geogeeks. Hear and try the latest geospatial innovations. See the world’s largest Map Gallery. And, did we mention the party in Balboa Park?
Hear from geospatial innovators, plus world leaders and industry trendsetters who understand the value of location. Esri president Jack Dangermond will unveil exciting new technology and share his vision for the future. But is is not all about the big guns, there are lots of amazing presentations from users from around the World and from all sectors.
San Diego, July 14-18, 2014
An early bird rate is available for those ho register before the 17th January 2014. More details can be found through the link below.
Wavelength Conference 2014
The 2014 Wavelength conference will be held 14-16th April in the beautiful town of Great Malvern, Worcestershire.
Wavelength is the re-branded RSPSoc annual student meeting which now welcomes both postgraduate students (or keen undergrads!) and early career professionals working in remote sensing and photogrammetry.
Wavelength prides itself on offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for people to present their work. It also features a number of career-oriented keynote speakers, and some fun social events.
Registration and Abstract submissions are both now open
Option 1: Full delegate (£60)
Option 2: Fees & food (£45)
Option 3: Fees only (£20)