From Slashgeo, the increasingly confusing world of patents for location aware technology. There seems to be a 3 way tussle between Amazon, Google and Apple over location-based reminders. Each wants to patent the concept that you could create a task and associate it with a location. The task generally being buying stuff and the location being a particular shop.
The concept is a good one but sounds strangely familiar. This isn't a new idea, location based triggers have long been used by GPS enabled mobile devices. Add into the mix a 2005 patent from Microsoft and you get the feeling that this will rumble on and end up with the big players suing each other over infringements of very similar patents.
Lecture posts at University of Hull
The University of Hull is looking for a couple of lecturers for the to boost the Department of Geography. This is part of a wider investment drive at the University.
The descriptions are fairly generic so could apply to GIS and Remote Sensing.
From their site "Making a significant contribution to the department’s long-standing research culture, you will play an integral role in further developing our international profile. You will be given time and encouragement to develop your research profile, progressively taking on a standard teaching load in the department.
Teaching across a range of modules, you will work in our state-of-the-art facilities, which have benefited from a substantial period of major investment, making us one of the best-equipped departments in the UK. You will join a vibrant academic community, where you will be committed to identifying and conducting interdisciplinary research across the University. Preparing proposals and applications for external bodies, you will also play an integral role in attracting research funding. As well as this, you will supervise the work of students, providing advice on study skills and assisting with learning problems when required."
Lecturer in Physical Geography
Lecturer in Human Geography
Lecturer in Geoscience & Physical Geography
Salary range: £30,870 - £44,015 pa
Closing date: 16 December 2011
Opensource GIS in the classroom
From Directions Mag comes the first in what looks like an interesting series of articles on Opensource GIS in the classroom. The first installment provides and overview of the benefits of experimenting with Opensource GIS. It looks like the next couple of articles will look at some of the leading OpenSource GIS packages such as uDig, QGIS and gvSig.
Maps and Society - 1st December
The next seminar in the current series of "Maps and Society" talks will be held on December the 1st.
'French Colonial Mapping in the Americas (1635-1776)'.
Dr Emilie d'Orgeix (Department of History of Art, Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3 University).
As usual, the talk will be held The Warburg Institute at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are most welcome.
Cartographica: Winter 2011 now available
Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization
Volume 46, Number 4, Winter 2011 of Cartographica is now available to download. This issue contains:
- GeoViz – Linking Geovisualization with Spatial Analysis and Modelling. By: Gennady Andrienko, Jason Dykes, Bin Jiang, Jochen Schiewe
- Visual Comparison of Moving-Window Kriging Models. By Urška Demšar, Paul Harris
- Development of an Open-Source Toolbox for the Analysis and Visualization of Remotely Sensed Time Series. By Connie A. Blok, Ulanbek D. Turdukulov Turdukulov, Raul Zurita-Milla, Vasilios Retsios, Martin Schouwenburg, Mekonnen Metaferia
- Visualizing the Dynamics of London's Bicycle-Hire Scheme. By
Jo Wood, Aidan Slingsby, Jason Dykes
- Toward Appropriate Representations of Quantitative Data in Virtual Environments. By Susanne Bleisch
Landsat 5 in trouble
Bad news from NASA concerning their aging Landsat 5 satelite.
"Over the past 10 days, problems with the amplifier have led to drastically reduced image download capabilities, a sign of impending failure. USGS engineers have suspended imaging activities for an initial period of 90 days in order to explore every possible option for restoring satellite-to-ground image transmissions"
For more information about this, please follow the link to the NASA landsat website.
Explore 2011 is an event that aims to a collection of lectures, workshops and exhibits to help organise your own expedition or field research projects in a variety of environments and disciplines. Over 90 leading field scientists and explorers provide inspiration, contacts and advice over the course of this unique weekend.
A wide range of fieldwork and expeditions are covered from those in polar regions to the Amazon rain forest, and just about everything in between.
When: 18th -20th November 2011
Where: Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Crowd-sourcing in national mapping Workshop
AGILE and EuroSDR invite researchers, national mapping & cadastre agencies and GIS professionals to participate in a 1½ day workshop to discuss the role of crowd-sourcing in national mapping. This practically focused workshop will start with scene-setting presentations on the rise of crowd-sourced geographic information before inviting participants to group together to discuss the challenges of using crowd-sourced data in a national mapping context, and to develop short project plans. At least three projects will be funded as student internships in Summer 2012.
The workshop will take place on the 19th and 20th January 2012 and will be hosted by the Centre of Geospatial Science in Nottingham.
Workshop costs are £60 for NMCA/industry representatives, £40 for academics, and £20 for students (limited to 15 available places). A hosted dinner on Thursday 19th is also available for an additional £30.
Free article on population density maps
A freely-downloadable article critiquing population density maps
(especially those on Wikipedia), that will be of interest to members.
ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Volume 10,
Issue 2, 2011 by Luis A. Aviles.
Research: The credibility of small island overpopulation: A critique of
population density maps as a proxy for overpopulation / Luis A. Avilés,
RGS-IBG - Call for papers
Enhancing Complex Social Simulations with Automata Systems
This session aims to bring together researchers to report on progress in diverse types of automata systems in social simulation. We encourage the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological and application papers related to Cellular Automata (CA) and Agent?Based Modelling (ABM). Papers may include, but are not limited to:
• Artificial social systems.
• Agents and social networks.
• Modelling complexity in social simulations.
• Large scale social simulation.
• Social behaviour, social actions and interactions.
• Models of competition, cooperation and negotiation.
• Multi?agent evolution: adaptation and learning.
• Hybrid automata models.
• Validation and verification of simulation results and simulation systems.
• Novel approaches to visualisation
Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 250 words, proposed titles and 5 keywords. Please include all contact and institution details.
Deadline for abstracts: 16th December 2011
Notification of acceptance: January 2012