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International QGIS User and Developer Conference

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International QGIS User and Developer Conference

QGIS has an active user community which usually meets twice a year. The first QGIS community meeting in 2015 will be in Nødebo - Denmark on 18-19 May and for the first time it will be combined with a User Conference. The conference will consist of one day of presentations and one day of workshops. Interested parties are invited to submit their applications to present use cases, demonstrate plugins and present tutorials, describe how they have used QGIS to make the world a better place, present posters and submit blog articles to be show cased at the conference.

There will be two tracks - both for the presentations and the workshops: one for new and existing developers and one for educators/users. The presentations will range from 25 - 50 minutes.  Workshops from 90 minutes to full day. In parallel sessions. Please note that speaking slots are limited and will be allocated on merit.

Suggestions for a talk and/or workshop should be sent to Lene Fischer, lfi at ign.ku.dk by 10 March 2015.

Important dates

  • Call for presentations and workshops closing: 10 March 2015
  • User conference: 18, 19 May 2015
  • Developer conference: 20, 21, 22 May 2015

Date February 10, 2015
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Esri launches new site to find Open Data

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Esri launches new site to find Open Data

Explore 23,027 open datasets from 1,483 organisations worldwide.

Esri today announced the launch of a new site aimed to help users discover organisations sharing open data around the world and provide direct access to thousands of open government datasets. Users can search, download, filter and visualise this data through their web browser or mobile device.

Date February 9, 2015

Put your photo on the cover of an Ordnance Survey map

Put your photo on the cover of an Ordnance Survey map

Ordnance Survey has launched a brand new photography competition for 2015 and is looking for inspiring map cover photos for over 600 paper map titles. The winning photos will take pride of place on the covers of the OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps and for junior entrants the OS Tour series.

OS Photofit will run during 2015 with closing dates staggered for different map bundles. Don’t delay as the first closing date will be Monday, 9 March 2015 for the popular Outdoor Leisure series (OS Explorer), consisting of 62 map tiles covering all the national parks and the top selling paper maps. Additional information on the closing dates can be found on the website.

Entries will be open to a public online vote, with a shortlist going before a judging panel which will include presenter and wildlife photographer Simon King. The winning photographers will not only have their credited image added to the map, but will also receive a complimentary map featuring their photo and a free year’s subscription to OS online mapping service, OS getamap.

At the end of the year judges will also choose their favourite entry ‘winner of winners’ with the successful entrant winning a fabulous family holiday break in Great Britain.

Date February 9, 2015

New branding at the Ordnance Survey

New branding at the Ordnance Survey

The OS has a new look, and also a 224 year old story to tell in their video that has just been released.

Please click More information below to access the OS twitter page to see the photo of their new brand coming up at their head office.

Date February 9, 2015
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Introductory R for Spatial Analysis at the University of Leeds

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Introductory R for Spatial Analysis at the University of Leeds

Event address:  Room G19, East Building, School of Geography, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Date and Times: Monday, 16 March 16, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Name of instructor: Dr Robin Lovelace


£30 for Leeds Postgraduates and DTC students; £60 for UK registered postgraduate students, public sector staff and charitable; £180 for all others. (Fee includes lunch and refreshments)

Event Description:

R is one of the fastest growing languages for data analysis and is increasingly important in business, government and academia. Less well-known is that R has a diverse suite of geospatial tools and can function as a fully integrated Geographical Information System (GIS). Time-series maps, geographically weighted regression, animations and even online maps become possible when you understand R's unique language and approach to spatial objects.

However, as with any language, it is important to gain a strong understanding of the underlying syntax and structure before moving on to complex uses. This course therefore focuses on the foundations: how R can be used to load, manipulate, process, transform and visualise spatial data. Prior experience with R is not essential but is recommended; participants will also benefit from prior experience with GIS.

Course Content

 9:00 - 9:30: Registration and refreshments

• An introduction to R (9:30 - 10:30)

• Loading and interrogating spatial data (10:30 - 11:30)

• Manipulating spatial objects (11:30 - 12:30)


• Making maps in ggplot2 (13:30 - 14:30)

• Basemaps (14:30 - 15:30)

15:30 - 15:45 Refreshments

• More advanced visuals (15:45 - 16:00)

• Taking it further + Q & A (16:00 onwards)


No prior knowledge of R is required. However, participants are expected to be acquainted with the RStudio software.

Background reading “A (very) short introduction to R”, Paul Torfs and Claudia Brauer. Please click More information (lower right corner) to access document. 

To book a place, please visit the course's website. 

Please note: Participants will have full access to PCs, so there is no need to bring laptops.

For further information, please contact Eleri Pound at: e.a.pound at leeds.ac.uk or at 0113 343 0882

Date February 9, 2015
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Land and Nature Data Project Officer post for the National Trust


Land and Nature Data Project Officer post for the National Trust

Location: Chesterfield, GB

£23,732 per annum.  Fixed term for 12 months, Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Land, Outdoors and Nature is one of the top strategic priorities for the Trust over the next ten years, and in the Midlands we have ambitious plans for improving the natural environment on our 33,000 hectares of land, and delivering conservation at a landscape scale. As part of this we are developing 50 year visions for our major land holdings, and this post will be pivotal to this process. 

Detailed Description

As our Project Officer you’ll provide support and expertise in collating, analysing and interpretation of existing information on our land and the surrounding landscape.  You’ll engage with stakeholders both internally and externally to ensure you can produce property reports highlighting the natural and cultural significance of land within its wider landscape setting.

You’ll review and analyse GIS mapping information and request and compile additional information where required. In this role it is of paramount importance that you are able to appreciate the bigger picture and have a proven understanding of how the natural environment works at a landscape scale.

Job Requirements

You will have experience of analysing and interpreting data management systems and using this information to write non-technical reports.  You will be highly computer literate and able to analyse information on GIS and databases. You’ll be used to be working in natural environment conservation and understand the key principles. 

Your excellent communication skills, both written and verbal allow you to work with a wide range of stakeholders and adapt your approach accordingly.  You’ve got strong inter-personal and consultancy skills and experience of working with both internal and external stakeholders.  With your excellent presentation skills you will be able to deliver information to multi-audiences.

Additional Details

Here at the National Trust, we want even more people to enjoy our extraordinary places. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with them, be inspired by them, and love them as much as we do. That’s why we’ve put some bold ambitions in place. We want everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to feel like a member of the National Trust and, by 2020, five million will be.

If you want to work for an organisation with a fascinating past and an exciting future then the National Trust could be for you. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. That’s really important to us. Our careers are as varied as the places we care for and that’s why we look for people from all backgrounds, with a variety of skills and abilities to help us maintain our places ‘forever for everyone’.

Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career. We’ll give you all the training, support and continued professional development you need, and we appreciate that work/life balance is important. You can also look forward to free admission to all our incredible places, and a helpful 20% off at our shops, cafes and restaurants. But they’re just the benefits we can tell you about here. There are lots more at www.nationaltrustrewardsandbenefits.org.uk

To apply for this vacancy, you will need to log into your account or create a new one, located on the home page and search using keyword IRC22340.

Closing date: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Short listing is carried out objectively by assessing the information you provide against the requirements of the job as set out in the vacancy details on the Natural Trust website.  If you are short listed, you will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.  We will also tell you if we need you to do anything else such as a skills test, presentation or a property visit. 

We only accept on-line applications.  However, if you require assistance to participate in the recruitment process, for example due to disability, please contact the Recruitment Team at 0870 240 0274 (option 1) for assistance.  

Date February 6, 2015
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Esri UK Product Engineer: Edinburgh


Esri UK Product Engineer: Edinburgh

Esri UK is offering an exciting opportunity to join a Geographic Information System (GIS) development team. As a Product Engineer on the ArcGIS Runtime product team you will contribute to designing and building Software Developer Kits (SDK) to enable high performance mobile and desktop native applications. If you have experience of .NET and a background as a software engineer, test engineer, technical author, product evangelist or you just love problem solving then this might be the perfect job for you.


  • Establish and understand customer requirements and translate into product enhancements. Design the Application Programming Interface (API) for new features.
  • Develop and implement test plans, write test code, verify code changes and perform stress tests.
  • Build relevant example applications using the latest platform technologies and features.
  • Write documentation and tutorials for developers.
  • Assess product quality and release readiness.
  • Support and interact with customers online and at conferences.

With more experience in the role your responsibilities can expand to include:

  • Ensure the product is in step with current trends in Windows and .NET developer technologies.
  • Evaluate feedback and help to further define the SDK product roadmap.
  • Assist with implementation designs and product architecture.
  • Work with internal product teams to influence upcoming ArcGIS platform features.
  • Analyze our current processes and suggest new techniques which will help us deliver high-quality features to our customers.


In order to fulfil this position it is essential to have the following:

  • Degree (2:1 or higher) in computer science, GIS, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of development on one or more of the following platforms: .NET, WPF, Windows Store, Windows Phone, Xamarin. Experience with the Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Java SE, or Qt platforms will be beneficial.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand new technology concepts quickly and work in a team in a constantly evolving and challenging environment.
  • Strong time management, prioritization, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • The role is Edinburgh-based but the team is part of a larger software development group based in Redlands, California therefore some international travel may be required.

In addition, the successful candidate should ideally have:

  • Hands-on experience with Esri’s ArcGIS platform or other geospatial technologies.
  • Familiarity with product, API, or User Interface/Experience design and development.
  • The ability to approach problems in innovative ways.
  • A passion for quality and an attention to detail.
  • Experience with software testing or software development.
  • Familiarity with agile methodologies such as Scrum.
  • Previous experience presenting at technology events.

To Apply

Esri UK offers an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging, intellectually stimulating and friendly environment. We actively encourage innovation and have a strong commitment to quality. In return we offer a competitive salary plus a generous benefits package.

If you are interested in exploring the above opportunity in more depth, please email your letter of application and CV to hrteam at esriuk.com. Please include details of your current and expected salary package, and provide details of your availability both for interview and for employment if your application is successful. 

Date February 6, 2015

Six Galileo navigation satellites to be launched in 2015


Six Galileo navigation satellites to be launched in 2015

European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain has announced that six satellites will be sent into orbit in 2015 as additional pieces of the European navigation satellite system, Galileo. Launch dates still to be determined, but decision to be made soon.

Galileo is a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) project, which the European Union and the ESA have jointly implemented.

Galileo's applications include support for location-based services, emergency, security and humanitarian services, science, environment, weather and agriculture.


Date February 5, 2015

Google and Esri in the news: special offer in the works for Google Earth Enterprise and Google Maps Engine

Google and Esri in the news: special offer in the works for Google Earth Enterprise and Google Maps Engine

In coordination with Google, Esri has prepared a special offer for Google Earth Enterprise and Google Maps Engine customers and partners looking to transition to Esri software.

As stated on the Esri webiste, ArcGIS is a perfect fit for transitioning from Google Earth Enterprise, Google Maps Engine, and Google Maps Engine API, providing high-performance 2D and 3D mapping and analysis in desktop, server, and hosted environments.

Over the past 45 years, Esri has focused on supporting enterprise GIS users around the world. Esri's products and services reflect this vast experience and dedication to GIS. We would like to invite you to participate in our user and partner ecosystem.

Please visit the Esri website for more information and further developments.

Date February 5, 2015

Geospatial Web Developer at Satellite Applications Catapult


Geospatial Web Developer at Satellite Applications Catapult

Location: Harwell, Oxford, UK
*Closing date for applications: 14 February 2015

*Please confirm closing date with Satellite Applications Catapult

Job Purpose:

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

As a key member of the smart data group you will be part of an exciting and expanding effort to further the exploitation of data from satellites. The role involves close engagement in cutting-edge development projects and services at the forefront of satellite technologies. Activities will range from research into new technologies and techniques through to commercial productisation, from collaborative development to thematic workshop participation. The successful candidate will enjoy working within a stimulating environment at the cutting edge of technology development supported by the latest tools and experienced and skilled staff from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

Main Responsibilities and Activities

  • Supporting a dynamic portfolio of Web GIS development based project work, e.g:
    • Assisting with proposal compilation 
    • Execution of specific project tasks including data management, GIS analysis, application design and development. 
    • Interfacing with collaborators and project partners.
  • General GIS data analysis and creation. Some EO image processing experience would be a bonus. 
  • Researching and investigating issues, e.g. pre-proposal stage, workshop presentation, etc. 
  • Support to the management of Data Analytics Department software and data holdings. 
  • Writing and contributing to technical reports and technical presentations to various stakeholders/customers. 
  • Engaging in, and providing input to, workshops and working groups. 
  • Supporting the data analytics component of Catapult marketing activity, e.g. compilation of Data Analytics department newsletters/blogs/RSS feeds. 

Any other duties dependent on the needs of the business which may occasionally require the attendance of events off site, running demonstrations and other ad-hoc customer support. 

Criteria for the Role

Technical Criteria:

The successful candidate will have the ability to create a standalone application that is able to consume data from multiple sources and incorporate code libraries from both open source and proprietary solutions. The candidate will have a good working knowledge of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) service standards and the use of the opensource solutions such as MapServer and Geoserver.

A knowledge of metadata repositories and geospatial data catalogues would be desirable but not essential.

Although this role is a web GIS role, the ability to manipulate data using a desktop solution is essential. The Satellite Applications Catapult has a private cloud computing infrastructure and uses virtual machines for hosting many of its applications so experience of using cloud computing facilities is desired but not essential. 

  •     Json / GeoJSON
  •     JavaScript
  •     OGC Web Services
  •     Postgres/PostGIS
  •     ESRI Software suite
  •     OpenLayers
  •     OSGEO
  •     Sql server
  •     Software code repositories (github Etc)
  •     VBA 
  •     Python 
  •     .Net
  •     Geospatial data manipulation.

Business Criteria:

  •     Ability to influence key decision makers and to challenge when necessary.
  •     Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and use own initiative.
  •     Ability to build relationships, coach and influence at all levels.
  •     Ability to exercise effective judgment, discretion, sensitivity, creativity to changing needs and situations.
  •     Demonstrate a commercial approach.
  •     Ability to think “outside the box” to create pragmatic solutions.


If you are interested in this position, please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter to career at sa.catapult.org.uk.

Date February 4, 2015
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