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Data/GIS Officer - Marine Management Organisation


Data/GIS Officer - Marine Management Organisation The Marine Management Organisation are looking to recruit a GIS/Data Officer to join their growing team. The Marine Management Organisation is responsible for the majority of activities in English waters. We oversee marine planning to ensure the sustainable development of our coastal and offshore waters, monitor and control sea fishing activity, enforce marine legislation and licensing, and carry out projects that help to protect marine environments.

You’ll work closely with the Data Manager and GIS Manager to acquire, analyse, manage, distribute and publish internally and externally sourced geographic information. Our Geographic Information System (GIS) is the primary way in which we implement our evidence base, so you’ll support its technical development and ongoing management.

You’ll have a degree (or equivalent relevant experience) in a science or engineering related subject, along with expert knowledge of GIS, specifically ESRI software (e.g. ArcGIS). With a track record in data management, analytical techniques and geo-processing, you’ll have a good understanding of data standards and initiatives (e.g. Metadata, INSPIRE, MEDIN or MESH), as well as Coordinate Reference Systems and projections. With an awareness of different types of marine data, you’ll have the ability to communicate ideas, methods, conclusions and recommendations clearly in written reports and verbal presentations to specialist and non specialist audiences.

Salary: from £27,284
Location: Newcastle
Closing Date: 26th September 2014

Date September 8, 2014

Historic Scotland: GIS Officer Post


Historic Scotland: GIS Officer Post Historic Scotland are looking to recruit a GIS Officer. This is a one year fixed term and pensionable appointment with potential for extension and/or permanency. The successful candidates will be expected to take up post as soon as possible.

The GIS Officer duties are to:

  • provide GIS support to Heritage Management;
  • provide support to the Heritage Management Information Manager;
  • assist Director and Heritage Management Information Manager with ensuring that the Directorate runs smoothly and that associated information is up to date; and
  • assist Heritage Management Directorate colleagues with specific projects as required.

Specific objectives

  • Create, update and manage Heritage Management spatial data
  • Maintain 3rd party spatial datasets (including raster and vector)
  • Manage the provision of datasets to external parties
  • Digitise paper based maps as required
  • Create mapping projects
  • Carry out GIS analysis of Heritage Management data
  • Publish web services
  • Create and maintain ORACLE Spatial Geodatabases
  • Provide GIS training to Heritage Management staff
  • Provide GIS advice for Heritage Management IT projects
  • Provide support to the Information Manager and Director as required

You can apply on-line by visiting Historic Scotland's website; your application should arrive by Thursday 18 September 2014 at noon. For further information on the post, please contact Laura Hindmarch at Laura.Hindmarch at scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by calling 0131 668 8832.

Salary Band: £22022 to £28448
Location: Edinburgh and the Lothians
Hours: 37 per week
Closing Date: 18 September 2014 at noon

Date September 5, 2014
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Google The Cartographer - Indoor mapping backpack

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Google The Cartographer - Indoor mapping backpack Google have been exploring mapping indoor spaces or some time, and they have just released images of thier latest mapping tool, the Cartographer Backpack. It looks a bit like a cross between a jet pack and something the ghostbusters would wear, but it is crammed with tech (multi-echo laser scanners) to map indoor spaces in real-time as the "backpacker" walks around the building.

At present there are 6 indoor maps available on Google Maps including JW Marriott San Francisco, the San Jose Marriott, the Museum of Children’s Arts, the Deutsches Museum’s aviation section in Munich, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and the Discovery Museum.

Date September 5, 2014

Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015)


Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015) As part of the 27th International Cartographic Conference, there will be a pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015).

The discovery, access, exchange and sharing of geographic information and services among stakeholders from different levels in the spatial data community is facilitated through a spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Standards are key for the quality and development of interoperable geographic information and geospatial software. The drive for access to geographic information has led to its publication as open data, i.e. freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. According to a report by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the use of open source solutions is likely to increase significantly in the future as a viable alternative to proprietary suppliers. Open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open data policies are therefore significant for SDI development and implementation. This workshop aims to record examples of current SDI practice with an aim to identify benefits and challenges to implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.

SDI researchers and practitioners are invited to submit extended abstracts of 1,000-1,500 words that describe SDI case studies where

  • open source software for geospatial is used in the technical implementation; and/or
  • geospatial standards are implemented; and/or
  • geographic information is accessible as open data.

The case studies shall include the following:

  • Background information about the SDI, including the relevant policies.
  • A description of how open source, standards and/or open data are implemented in the SDI.
  • An evaluation of the motivators, benefits, barriers and challenges concerning implementation of open source software, standards and/or open data.
  • Based on the evaluation, provide recommendations for improvements and/or further work.
  • Conclusions.

Extended abstracts have to be written in English. Contributions must be original and previously unpublished. More details are available through the link below.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2015
Venue: Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Rio de Jaineiro, Brazil

Date September 4, 2014

Geospatial Software Technician - Stirling University


Geospatial Software Technician - Stirling University The School of Natural Sciences is seeking a Geospatial Software Developer to join the Biology & Environmental Sciences division. The successful candidate will require good programming skills and knowledge of spatial data processing. The post holder will support students and staff in their research and teaching activities through the design and development of software solutions. This will include development of bespoke software solutions, data processing automation, and the setting up of web mapping sites. The successful candidate will have experience with a range of geospatial libraries and software, and be able to deliver high quality solutions to an agreed schedule.

Geoinformatics is one of the key research areas within BES. It extends from the capture and processing of Earth Observation Data to the integration of in-situ sensor networks and modelling, is a rapidly developing arena as highlighted in both the recently updated NERC and Horizon 2020 strategies. The availability of big data sets from a variety of sources also requires the development of data integration and management strategies which is being matched by a move away from industrial standard (and costly) ESRI product software (e.g. ARC-GIS, ERDAS and ENVI) towards freeware such as BEAM and Quantum GIS (QGIS).

Description of Duties
Duties will include providing training, practical assistance and advice to staff and students in the use of specialist equipment, techniques and applications in designated BES rooms, suites and laboratories. These include support for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (including project work) and for research.

  • Assist research staff and students in all aspects of running experiments, including developing and maintaining experimental and analysis software, e.g. ARCGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, BEAM and Quantum GIS
  • Provide assistance to staff and students in the use of a range of hardware
  • Design and development of bespoke programming scripts for research
  • Provide GIS technical and IT frontline support for staff, laboratories and teaching
  • Develop and work with new technologies
  • Support field trips that may include foreign travel
  • Comply with Health and Safety policies and guidelines and undertake Health and Safety risk analysis under supervision of the Chief Technician
  • Additional duties as and when required by the Division or School

Qualifications and experience requirements for the post summarised in the post's announcement linked below.

Post Details: Full time, Open Ended
Salary: Grade 6 £24,775 to £30,434
Closing date: 28 September 2014 (Interviews are expected to take place on 20 October 2014)

Date September 4, 2014

ESRI MOOC Syllabus released

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ESRI MOOC Syllabus released In case anyone is interested in the course content of the new ESRI MOOC.

Section 1 - Going Places with Spatial Analysis
Lecture 1: Welcome to the MOOC (David DiBiase)
Lecture 2: Code of Conduct
Lecture 3: Course Orientation
Lecture 4: Going Places with Spatial Analysis - Part 1
Quiz 1: Going Places with Spatial Analysis - Part 1
3 questions
Lecture 5: Going Places with Spatial Analysis - Part 2
Quiz 2: Going Places with Spatial Analysis - Part 2
5 questions
Lecture 6: Quick Poll - Which Student Type are You?
Lecture 7: Student Exercise - Mapping Your Location
13 pages
Lecture 8: Student Exercise - Analyzing Demographic Patterns
28 pages
Lecture 9: Section 1 Discussion
Lecture 10: Short Student Survey

More details on the rest of the course structure can be found here.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?

To sign up for the course, please visit the ESRI training pages.

Date September 4, 2014

OpenLayers 3.0 Released

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OpenLayers 3.0 Released Boundless have just announced that OpenLayers 3.0 has just been released. OpenLayers is an open source JavaScript library for displaying map data in web browsers. It provides an API for building rich web-based geographic applications similar to Google Maps and Bing Maps.

From the Boundless news page: OpenLayers 3 has been a long time in the making but we’re proud to announce that the project is ready for release! This release includes a ton of new features such as an easier to use API as well as improved vector rendering and image manipulation.

While we’ve confidently supported OpenLayers 3 in production since the OpenGeo Suite 4.0 release and have long offered professional services for developers looking to build web applications, we hope this announcement marks a significant step forward in adoption of the library.

If they visit the Boundless page then you will find a list of links to blog articles that describe the new functions and features of OpenLayers 3.0

Date September 3, 2014

Swedish Forestry Management Software Developed with TatukGIS SDK


Swedish Forestry Management Software Developed with TatukGIS SDK Swedish company Skogsagarplan AB recently released the 2014 version of its forestry management software, developed with the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (.NET edition) by IT and technology services provider Sogeti Sweden.

The Skogsägarplan forestry management solution consists of three applications:

* Web application.
* Responsive Windows application that runs on PC and handheld Windows devices.
* Back-end service that serves data and GIS operations via REST/WMS/WFS and .NET Web Services to front-end iOS apps and an external web application.

The key features of Skogsägarplan are forest planning, inventory collection with live GPS, and forest simulation with multiple integration to Web Map Services and Web Feature Services with a RESTLESS API. With this information, a forest owner can simulate different scenarios to determine which treatment is best for a forest and when actions are to be performed, and to get a full GIS representative overview of the current and future state of the forest. With its smooth support for PC users, iPAD users, and users of any operating system with a web browser, Skogsägarplan is the perfect tool for forest management planning.

Sogeti Sweden is the Swedish unit of Sogeti a €1.7 billion revenue international IT and technology services company with 20,000 professionals covering 15 countries in Europe, India, and the U.S. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

To learn more about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (editions for .NET, ASP.NET, ActiveX, and VCL) visit: www.tatukgis.com.

Date September 2, 2014

Teaching Geography and STEM in the 21st Century

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Teaching Geography and STEM in the 21st Century How can Geography be taught in the 21st Century, embracing its rich heritage and yet looking forward to emerging and exciting tools and perspectives? What content should be included? What skills should be developed? Furthermore, why should geography be taught in the 21st Century? Why is it relevant to the understanding of and decision-making in 21st Century society, the environment, and current events?

The course is offered through eNet Learning, whose mission is to provide high-quality professional development, content, and resources that support educators and student learning.

This course is designed to build geographic concepts, perspectives, and skills for those teaching Geography and those teaching other disciplines who seek to use geographic principles. The goal is to enable and equip educators to teach the subject of geography in engaging and informed ways; to help educators and their students to understand why and how geography is relevant to 21st Century life. Population, land use, urban, economic, health, hazards, and other themes will be addressed. A focus will be on scale, systems thinking, critical thinking, time and space, and place, through an inquiry-driven, hands-on, problem-based format.

For details on how to join, please follow the link below.

Date September 2, 2014

Swansea University College of Science PhD Scholarships

UK RS GIS Research Job

Swansea University College of Science PhD Scholarships Swansea University are inviting applications for PhD studentships in their College of Science. Fully-funded PhD scholarships are available in in Biosciences, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics and Physics.

Swansea University have a number of research groups that use GIS and Remote Sensing including:

  • Global Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation
  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Glaciology

hese are three-year fully-funded Swansea University scholarships, open to UK/EU candidates. Students will receive an annual stipend of £13,863, plus full UK/EU tuition fees. Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with a potential supervisor in the first instance. Applicants must then complete and submit the following documentation by the stated closing date.

Closing Date: 15th September 2014

Date September 2, 2014
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