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IJHG August-September 2015 edition available online

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IJHG August-September 2015 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 11 August to 8 October 2015.


Use of attribute association error probability estimates to evaluate quality of medical record geocodes. Klaus C, Carrasco L, Goldberg D, Henry K and Sherman R.

Diet-related chronic disease in the northeastern United States: a model-based clustering approach. Flynt A and Daepp M.


New indices for home nursing care resource disparities in rural and urban areas, based on geocoding and geographic distance barriers: a cross-sectional study. Lin SW, Yen CF, Chiu TY, Chi WC and Liou TH.

Do the classification of areas and distance matter to the assessment results of achieving the treatment targets among type 2 diabetes patients? Toivakka M, Laatikainen T, Kumpula T and Tykkyläinen M.

Geographic analysis of the variation in the incidence of ADHD in a country with free access to healthcare: a Danish cohort study. Madsen K, Ersbøll A, Olsen J, Parner E and Obel C.

Estimating Ixodes ricinus densities on the landscape scale. Boehnke D, Brugger K, Pfäffle M, Sebastian P, Norra S, Petney T, Oehme R, Littwin N, Lebl K, Raith J, Walter M, Gebhardt R and Rubel F.

Date October 13, 2015

Call for Nominations: GISc Masters Dissertation Prizes

Call for Nominations: GISc Masters Dissertation Prizes

The GIScience Research Group of the RGS-IBG is inviting submissions for two annual prizes for the two best Masters dissertation on any issue relating to GIS/Sc, spatial analysis, spatial modelling or geocomputation (UK entries only).

The prize for the best dissertation is £100 plus an annual RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellowship and the runner up will receive £50 plus an annual RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellowship. We are looking for a Masters level dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length, which covers significant research in one or more of these areas. Nominated dissertations should be of "Distinction" standard and be submitted by the student's institution (Director of Postgraduate Programme or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge. Please submit the work in electronic form, along with a copy of the dissertation regulations to Seraphim Alvanides, Northumbria University at Newcastle ( S.Alvanides at Northumbria.ac.uk )

Only one entry will be accepted per department of higher education institutions in the UK.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 25 November 2015.


Date October 13, 2015

Excellent 'Introduction to GIS using Open Source Software' manual

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Frank Donnelly, the Geospatial Data Librarian, at Baruch College (City University of New York) has produced an excellent guide titled Introduction to GIS using Open Source Software. The manual is used in the day-long workshop held at Baruch each semester, but anyone and everyone is welcome to use this tutorial for personal or classroom use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. However, you may not copy and re-host this material on another website.

The manual and data can be downloaded using the links below:

Note: The manual was written for QGIS version 2.8 (Wien). Because there are enough differences between versions you should download and install 2.8 if you are taking the workshop.

Date October 7, 2015

Consumer Data Research Centre package OS Open Map - Local at Local Authority Level

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Consumer Data Research Centre package OS Open Map - Local at Local Authority Level

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) have recently packaged Ordnance Survey Open Map - Local data at Local Authority level and made it available to download through their data portal.

The data is provided as Shapefiles for each Local Authority District in England and Wales.

  • The following copyright and attribution statement should be used to site the data:

    CDRC 2015 OS Geodata Pack by the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre; Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015

  • This work has been funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Further information on on OS Open Map - Local can be found on the Ordnance Survey Website.

Date October 7, 2015

Portable GIS v5.2

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Portable GIS version 5.2 has been released. This is a minor release with only a couple of minor changes from the previous version:

  • Update QGIS to the latest Long-Term Release version (2.8)
  • Update to Loader

For those who aren't familiar, Portable GIS is a great way to use a variety of Open Source GIS software without installing anything on your local machine as everything runs off a USB memory stick. The latest version is just over 700MB when downloaded and around 2.5GB when unzipped on to a USB memory stick.

Portable GIS has been tested but problems can be reported via the Portable GIS google group.

Date October 6, 2015

Roundup of Geospatial MOOCs available October 2015

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Roundup of Geospatial MOOCs available October 2015

Directions Magazine has a good roundup of geospatial MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available at the time of writing (October 2015).  Whilst there are less available than there were at the start of the year, there are still a good number of self-paced courses running that will provide valuable training the geospatial field. The list also includes courses that are scheduled for later in the academic year. The majority of corses are avaiable for free, but a few do charge.

Date October 6, 2015

GIS Day: 18 November 2015

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GIS Day: 18 November 2015

The ESRI organised GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The GIS Day website lists details of all events planned for the day around the globe, which are displayed on an interactive map, where interested users can find events to attend in their local area.

Of particular interest to geography students in the Ashcloud Apocalypse which runs from 6 to 20 November and aims to get your Geography students involved with a classroom based disaster risk mapping activity. Are you ready for the Ashcloud Apocalypse. Could you survive? Know your risks!


Date October 6, 2015

Geographic Data Science Programmer Grade 7


Geographic Data Science Programmer Grade 7

Salary: £32,277 to £34,233 pa

University of Liverpool, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Health and Policy, Department of Public Health and Policy

Location: University Campus

Ref: R-589475/WWW

Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:00:00 GMT

You will work across a partnership between two major research programmes, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC) and the ESRC Consumer Research Data Centre (CDRC). The focus will be on developing the use of large routine and administrative data sets for health related research. You will provide data science, programming and analytical support to the CLAHRC NWC and the CDRC. You should have a PhD or a Masters degree in Computer Science, Geographic Information Science with Programming, or other relevant discipline which includes programming, data management or a statistical component. You should have experience in web development/programming, data manipulation/cleaning and database design and use of statistical/quantitative methods.

The post is available until 31 December 2019.

Please visit the website for further details, and to apply for the post.

Date October 5, 2015

GIS Anayst at CH2M


GIS Anayst at CH2M

Location: Glasgow
Position: Full Time

The principal function of this position is to assist in project delivery across all aspects of geospatial/GIS services including: data capture, processing, analysis and presentation in a wide variety of outputs. The suitable candidate will provide geospatial technical expertise to various engineering and environmental disciplines, developing solutions to inform project decisions.

Other responsibilities

  • Provide data management including the checking and updating of geospatial data to ensure consistency and quality.
  • Collate, organise and present spatial information from various sources for data analysis and reporting.
  • Carry out wide ranging creation and analysis of complex geospatial datasets.
  • Geospatial solution development including data integration, database development, image and LiDAR processing and web delivery for multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Support the continued development and implementation of BIM.
  • Provide guidance, training and mentoring to non-geospatial professionals.
  • Work closely with technical leads from various disciplines to gain an understanding of needs and advise accordingly.
  • Delivery of project tasks to defined scope, budgets and timescales.
  • Provide geospatial solutions for the wider Transportation Business Group.
  • Be motivated to develop professionally.

Minimum qualifications

  • A masters degree and/or proven capability in one of the following: Geospatial, GIS, Remote Sensing.
  • Experience of developing and delivering geospatial solutions.
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a BIM environment.
  • In depth knowledge of data and metadata standards.
  • Comprehensive experience of data management and analysis.     
  • Evidence of delivering diligently to an agreed scope of work to time, quality and budget requirements.
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills with the ability to convey technical details to a non technical audience.
  • Awareness of the commercial aspects of geospatial consultancy.

Please visit the CH2M Hill's website to apply for this post.

Date October 2, 2015

GIS/Graphics Technician's post


GIS/Graphics Technician

Nicholas Pearson Associates (NPA) is an established and respected consultancy of environmental planners, ecologists and landscape architects based in the centre of Bath with projects throughout the UK. They take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work and have a broad client base and cover projects ranging from private residential properties to large, multi-phased urban expansion schemes.

NPA is currently looking to appoint someone as a GIS/Graphics Technician, to provide technical support services that underpin much of the work that we do and to influence the future development of GIS and graphics services within the company.

It is envisaged that the successful applicant will perform the following duties:

• GIS map and report production;
• development and management of spatial databases;
• data queries and analysis;
• data input and data quality assurance;
• GIS training for internal staff;
• promoting and developing GIS use throughout the company;
• GIS software customisation; and
• offering support in relation to Graphics/CAD / 3D Visualisations and Photomontages, depending on experience.

NPA is looking for someone who is highly IT literate with a sound knowledge of Open Source GIS, Microsoft Office and Adobe applications.

Essential skills include:

• PostgreSQL/PostGIS/SQL;
• Spatial Analysis and GIS Theory;
• Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop;
• knowledge of UK Environmental and Ordnance Survey datasets;
• knowledge of either Python or Javascript.

In order to support their other technical services, knowledge of one or more of the following would also be highly beneficial, although not essential:

• AutoCAD;
• 3D Studio Max;
• Blender;
• HTML/CSS (web development);
• IT and Network administration.

A competitive salary is offered together with a generous company benefits package within a friendly and stimulating work environment. NPA is an equal opportunities employer. Applications to work on a part-time basis will be considered.

To apply for the post please send a covering letter, CV and completed application form (downloadable from their company website) preferably in digital format as a PDF by email to info at npaconsult.co.uk or by post for the attention of 

Gavin Payne
Nicholas Pearson Associates,
30 Brock Street,
Bath, BA1 2LN.

The deadline for all applications to be received is 9am on Monday, 26 October 2015.

Earlier applications would be most welcome as they would like to appoint as soon as possible.

Date October 1, 2015
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