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pycsw 1.10.0 released

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pycsw 1.10.0 released The pycsw team announces the release of pycsw 1.10.0.The 1.10.0 release brings significant features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase, including:

  • support OGC OpenSearch Geo and Time Extensions standard

  • support for Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)

  • support spatial dateline queries

  • better support for geospatial links via the Python geolinks library

  • fix CSW harvesting to harvest full records

  • various fixes to OGC Filter handling

  • ISO harvesting: capture all keywords / keywords sets

  • ISO harvesting: support gmd:distributorTransferOptions

  • GetRecords: fix maxrecords casting

  • fix limit / offset queries for Django-based backends

  • freetext searching: make non PostgreSQL FTS-based queries more like FTS

  • fix date handling for ISO output

  • add libxml2 version output in admin tools

  • return distributed CSW queries in order

  • support ISO-based CSW metadata harvesting

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python. It is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

Date September 23, 2014

Unitu Hack

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Unitu Hack UnituHack is the first student & staff hackathon, bringing them together to form a team for one day to co-create technological solutions for specific challenges each team finds in its own university department.

UnituHack is an exciting new initiative from Unitu, a London-based hackathon that would act as the first of its kind: bringing students and academic staff from university department create/develop a solution for a challenge they see in their departments.

Plenty of scope for geo-tech to be incorporated and generally good for anyone who likes code. EDINA will be there and we will be bringing some of or mobile developers, you can see their code on GitHub.

When: 8th November 2014
Where: 1st Floor, 1 E Poultry Ave, London EC1A 9PT

Date September 23, 2014

ESRI are hiring developers

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ESRI are hiring developers ESRI are looking to hire some software developers and they are advertising on StackOverFlow.

Geography? Check. Maps? Check. Software development and analytics? Check, check. Internationally known GIS software company actively seeks you. Yes, you. Because we know you love the world as much as we do and are incredibly talented at developing and creating a much better place through maps and apps. So come aboard and reshape our planet in a more sustainable and responsible way!

Date September 23, 2014

Research Associate in Geodesy - Newcastle University

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Research Associate in Geodesy - Newcastle University You will join the Geodesy team and carry out research into the analysis and utilisation of GPS observations for positioning and deformation monitoring, including the precise determination of horizontal and vertical motions of the Earth's crust and structures on the Earth. You will disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences. You will also contribute to the teaching and engagement activities of the School.

You will have a PhD in geodesy, geophysics, or a closely related scientific / engineering field, either completed or in the final stages of writing-up and examination. You should have a proven or emerging track record of self-motivated progress in academic research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals, and a demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

You must have high-quality written and oral communication skills in the English language. You should also have expertise in scientific computing under the Linux (UNIX) operating system, including the use of one or more of the major scientific GNSS processing software packages.

This is a fixed-term position for two years in the first instance, although there is expected to be potential for continuation subject to external funding and performance in the role.

Salary: £28,695 - £30,434
Closing date: 12 October 2014

Date September 22, 2014

Online GeoJSON Editor

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Online GeoJSON Editor I have just stumbled across this tool so i am sorry if this is old news and a big thanks to Daniel for posting it on his site.

Tom MacWright from Mapbox has written a nice and clean Web-Editor for GeoJSON Data where you can create, edit and save your GeoJSON-Layers without opening QGIS, ArcGIS or whatever GIS you are normally using, if any. It uses the Mapbox Streets Base Layer and Leaflet as map viewer and editor.

In addition, you can edit the meta data, paste in your own GeoJson, download your work as a file or save it as a Github Gist (Code Snippet), where you can store it and link it online.

Date September 22, 2014

Research Officer - Marine Top Predator Ecologist

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Research Officer - Marine Top Predator Ecologist Applications are invited for a two-year post-doctoral research officer post in the School of Ocean Sciences to work on a project funded by NERC on Integrating Macroecology and Modelling to Elucidate Regulation of Services from Ecosystems in collaboration with a wide range of partners.

The specific contribution to this project will be to gain a better understanding of the role of top predators in spatio-temporal dynamics of marine ecosystems, including the relative effects of top-down and bottom-up perturbations through regional macroecological analyses.

The successful candidate will work on:

  • Identification, compilation, formatting and quality control of long-term datasets of seabird and marine mammal distribution at sea
  • Interpretation of those distribution data for seabirds and marine mammals using habitat models based on physical and oceanographic data as well as distribution of prey species (provided by our project partners)
  • Carry out observations of marine mammals and seabirds from our research vessel Prince Madog or other vessels.

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level with at least three years working experience collecting at sea data.

The candidate will be a numerate biologist with experience in cetacean and seabird ecology. The candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to deliver a range of high quality scientific outputs to deadlines that include peer reviewed scientific papers. Candidates must be able to work at sea on a variety of vessels in sometime rough sea conditions. Experience in surveying cetaceans and seabirds is desirable. You will have advanced analytical skills (for example GAMM’s, GLMM’s, GEE’s, multivariate statistical methods) and experience in data processing large volumes of heterogeneous data, as well as analysis using R and GIS. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a portfolio of collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

The post-doc will work with Dr JG Hiddink and Dr PGH Evans on a NERC funded consortium grant in the marine ecosystems programme. This programme combines data collation, collection and a wide range of modelling approaches and involves ten partners throughout the UK.

Salary: £31,342
Job Ref: BU00638
Closing date: 12th December 2014

Date September 22, 2014

Lecturer Earth Sciences - Cardiff University


Lecturer Earth Sciences - Cardiff University Undertake a full teaching load, including the development, delivery and evaluation of modules (specifically Year 1 Sedimentology, Geomorphology, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Statistics and Year 2 GIS) within the undergraduate and post qualification provision within the School. To supervise students and to carry out administrative duties within the work area as required. To assist with fieldwork as required. To pursue excellence in, teaching and to inspire others to do the same

This is a full time position of 35 hours per week, fixed term for 12 months with appointment from 01.10.2014.

Vacancy number: 2637BR
Salary: £31,342 to £37,394
Closing Date: 30th September 2014

Date September 22, 2014

Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) - University of Canterbury

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Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) - University of Canterbury The GeoHealth Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury invites applications for a Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis).

This is a fixed term position based in the Health and Disability Intelligence ('HDI') Unit (part of the Ministry of Health) in Wellington and is available immediately.

The GeoHealth Laboratory is a joint venture between the University of Canterbury (UC) and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. A number of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, research fellows and postgraduate students who are based in or affiliated with the GeoHealth Laboratory help in providing a supportive research environment.

The GeoHealth Laboratory staff are committed to undertaking policy-relevant health research and have a strong track record of publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, as well as regular contributions to various policy documents and media pieces.

The successful applicant will have training and research experience in health and medical geography, public health, social epidemiology and/or related discipline. Combined with strong GIS skills and good quantitative and analytical skills developed through their graduate career (including at least one to two years relevant GIS work experience), the appointee will be expected to perform a variety of tasks including: undertaking key GIS and spatial data analyses; providing a level of GIS and research support to staff at the HDI Unit; contributing to various health-related research projects; and contributing to the writing and dissemination of research outputs through peer reviewed publications, conferences and workshops.

Salary: Not specified
Job Ref: 2335
Closing Date: 25th September 2014

Date September 22, 2014

Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in GI Science

UK GIS Research Job

Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in GI Science The University of Auckland is seeking to appoint a dynamic Research Scientist to take a leadership role as a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in GI Science in the School of Environment (ENV) located in the Faculty of Science.

The School of Environment recognises the importance of GIScience in contemporary geography and environmental programmes and wishes to appoint a senior academic, to lead the future development of GIScience in the school and broader faculty. The school seeks applications from high-quality candidates in the broad field of GIScience. We are particularly interested in applicants with an ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary teams, collaborating with researchers across earth science, ecology, social science and environmental management.

Applicants will have a PhD and possess an excellent research record in GIScience, as demonstrated through publications in top-ranked journals and/or books and success in attracting research funding. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research programme in GIScience in the school and attract external research income. The candidate will also be expected to take a senior leadership role in developing a research-led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching presence in GIScience, build a cohort of postgraduate research students and contribute to teaching in a range of cognate areas in the School of Environment.

Applications must be submitted online.

Salary: Not specified
Vacancy Number: 16044
Closing Date:21st October 2014

Date September 22, 2014

IJHG September 2014 edition available online

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IJHG September 2014 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 21 August to 20 September 2014.


Spatial optimization of residential care facility locations in Beijing, China: maximum equity in accessibility. Tao Z, Cheng Y, Dai T and Rosenberg MW.


Catchments of general practice in different countries - a literature review. Allan DP.

Date September 22, 2014
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