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Geographic Information and Spatial Data Services Officer's post


Geographic Information and Spatial Data Services Officer

Salary: £27,000
Location: Manchester/Leeds
Ref: 1431441 

The Highways Agency manages, maintains and improves England's motorways and trunk roads. Set to become a government-owned company, the Highways Agency is experiencing lots of change, especially with their Communications Group being busier than ever, as they support all aspects of internal and external communications across the Agency. The successful applicant with be based with the Communications Group.

You'll deliver Ordnance Survey (OS) data supply for the purchase and disposal of land, making sure that mapping is compliant and legally submissible to the Land Registry. You'll manage our Geographic Information System (HAGIS) in conjunction with our ICT providers, and manage all relationships with suppliers to maximise performance. Taking an approved approach to design and content, and generating content as needed, you'll see that cartographic output is of the highest quality and consistency.

A natural collaborator, you'll be logical, able to prioritise and happy to exercise your sound judgement while you work to tight deadlines. Whether your background is in the private or public sector, you'll have either a professional qualification or experience in geographic/spatial data information systems. You'll bring us real expertise in core GIS software, while a good knowledge of Quantum GIS and Microsoft Office software would also be ideal.

To find out more about the role, and to apply online, please visit the Civil Service's Job Search web page. Select  Information Technology in Job Role field and browse list to find the post. 

Closing date: Tuesday, 2 December 2014.

Date November 21, 2014

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

The call for sessions, papers and posters is now open for the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2015.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 20 February 2015.

The conference will take place at the University of Exeter from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 September 2015, with workshops and opening events on Tuesday 1 September. Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford) will be Chair. 

Conference theme: Geographies of the Anthropocene 

The Anthropocene has been claimed to herald a new geological epoch in which human society is acknowledged as having become the greatest force shaping planet earth.  Although its recognition as a new age in geological history remains provisional, the idea of the Anthropocene has already captured the public imagination and that of scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars variously advancing new projects, agendas and critiques in its wake.

This annual conference theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table, including the physical geography and climate science communities, to explore the rich array of geographical work engaging this powerful idea and its consequences. Innovative session formats that encourage greater interaction and discussion are encouraged.

Key dates

Prospective delegates are asked to take note of the following key dates and deadlines:

Friday 20 February 2015: Deadline for submitting sessions (with paper and author information, including abstracts), and paper or poster proposals for open sessions

End of March 2015: Conference organisers confirm acceptance of sessions for the conference programme.  Registration opens.

Early May 2015: Conference organisers publish the provisional programme and timetable for feedback.  The programme is expected to be finalised in early July 2015.

12 June 2015: Early-bird registration deadline, by which date all those listed on the conference programme and attending (e.g. convenors, chairs, presenting authors) should be registered.


Date November 21, 2014

GISc Research Group Masters Dissertation Prize

GISc Research Group Masters Dissertation Prize

The GIScience Research Group of the RGS-IBG have established an annual prize of £100 for the best postgraduate dissertation on any issue relating to GIS/GISc, spatial analysis, spatial modelling or geocomputation. We are looking for a Masters level dissertation of approximately 10,000-15,000 words, which covers significant research in one or more of these areas.

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. We will only accept one entry per higher education institution in the UK.

Please submit the work in electronic form (by email or provide link to download), together with a copy of the dissertation regulations to: 

Joanna Barros (Birkbeck, UK): j.barros at bbk.ac.uk

Deadline: Friday, 12 December 2014

Date November 21, 2014

Data Collector - Data Enhancement posts at the Ordnance Survey


Data Collector - Data Enhancement posts at the Ordnance Survey

Location: Southampton
Salary: £22,439.00 - 26,752.00, plus excellent benefits
Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent
Number of vacancies: 3 

Role summary

These posts are for those who have a keen interest in geographic information, a collaborative approach and a great attention to detail. 

Successful applicants will be responsible for capturing and maintaining data to enhance core Ordnance Survey datasets. There will also be opportunities to work across a variety of production and support activities, learning skills in editing, production control and data quality control, and identifying and communicating potential process improvements to increase personal and team performance.

This is a great opportunity to gain excellent data capture skills to gain a first-rate understanding of the business as a whole, and to work efficiently and approachable at an effective pace without supervision to provide accurate, efficient and honest quality checking of your own work. 

Good communication and decision making skills are also a key, as is a flair for planning, scheduling and monitoring your output and contributing to individual and team targets. Above all, you’re keen to help the OS create, maintain and distribute the most accurate and up-to-date geographic information of Great Britain.

You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies: 

  • Attention to detail, able to provide accurate, efficient and honest quality checking of own work
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Planning, scheduling and monitoring personal production/delivery to effectively contribute to individual and team targets
  • Skills in recording and analysing management information
  • Knowledge and skills in MS Office    

Competencies - level 2:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at Pace

For more information, and to apply for the posts, please visit the OS website.

Closing date: 26 November 2014

Interviews will be held in early December.  

Date November 20, 2014

Environment Agency releases Catchment Data Explorer (beta)


Environment Agency releases Catchment Data Explorer (beta)

Catchment Data Explorer (Beta) provides users a map interface to navigate to catchments and water bodies in England and part of Wales; users can also view catchment summaries and download data. Searches can be conducted using place names, postcodes, coordinates and catchment/waterbody names.

This site also supports the consultation on the updates to the river basin management plans.

Date November 20, 2014

BODC posts for Data Scientists


BODC posts for Data Scientists

Based at either their Liverpool or Southampton site, the successful candidates will work with the British Oceanographic Data Centre's (BODC) large team of data scientists ensuring that marine data collected on research projects is curated and made widely available for long term re-use. You will be involved in managing data from national and international projects for which BODC is the designated Data Centre. The work is intellectually challenging and fulfilling. You will be expected to develop solutions for the management of data within your area of responsibility. You will also be expected to work closely with project scientists and to develop a clear scientific insight into the data being handled. Some seagoing work may be arranged to familiarise the successful candidate with data collection techniques.

The appointments are offered as permanent positions on Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) terms and conditions. Part-time hours would also be considered.


£19937 to £30000, depending on experience.

Please visit the BODC website for the full details about the post.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Date November 20, 2014

The Royal College of Art has launched the Great British Toilet Map


The Royal College of Art has launched the Great British Toilet Map

It's not only GIS Day around the world, but also World Toilet Day, and the Royal College of Art (RCA) has launched the Great British Public Toilet Map, which aims to make the task of locating nearby accessible toilets easier, helping address a potential cause of anxiety for those with a disability, illness or young children. 

Bringing together details of over 8,000 public toilets including community toilet schemes, provisions across local boroughs, train stations, shopping centres and libraries, the map is the UK's largest and most coherent database of publicly accessible toilets. 

RCA has released this map today in recognition of World Toilet Day, the United Nations’ annual campaign to boost commitment to better sanitation globally.

Date November 19, 2014
More information

Introduction to ArcGIS for social scientists

GIS Learning Resource

Introduction to ArcGIS for social scientists

Organising Institution:
University of Leeds

Event address:
Room 9.162, Level 9,
School of Earth & Environment,
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Monday, 15 December 15, 9:30am-4:30pm

Name of instructor: Dr Paul Norman

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

Event Description: This one day course provides an introduction to Geographical Information Systems. The course is aimed at people who are near the start of a research situation in which they want to incorporate geographically referenced data which may be located as points, lines or polygons (areas).

Using ArcGIS, you will:

  • Import and display raw data in a GIS;
  • Use GIS functionality to analyse different types of information;
  • Produce maps of results for incorporation into reports.

Course Content

  • 9:00 - 9:30: Registration and refreshments
  • Concepts and definitions, what is GIS? which software?
  • Practical: The ArcMap interface: exploring data
  • Presenting data using GIS
  • Practical: Drawing maps and importing into a report
  • Importing raw data into ArcMap
  • 15:30 - 15:45 Refreshments
  • Practical: Importing raw data into ArcMap: GIS functionality
  • Analysing data using GIS: What’s your question?

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

To book a place, please visit the ArcGIS training website.

There are 21 places available as of today.

Last Booking Date for this Event: Monday, 8 December 2014

For further information, please contact Amy O’Neill.

email: a.oneill at leeds.ac.uk 

tele: 0113 343 3535

Date November 13, 2014

Earth Scientist post at University of Stirling

Earth Scientist post at University of Stirling

The School of Natural Science at the University of Stirling is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated Earth observation scientist to work on the EC FP7 INFORM project, improved monitoring and forecasting of ecological status of European inland waters by combining future Earth observation data and models.  The appointment is full time for 3 years.

Essential Criteria


Applicants must have a PhD and post-doctoral research experience in the numerical sciences with experience in one or more of the following: airborne and satellite data processing; ocean or inland water remote sensing; marine or inland water bio-optics; or oceanography or limnology.

Experience undertaking field campaigns and research cruises in inland or marine waters is essential.

Desirable Criteria

Skills in computer programming in one or more languages e.g. C, C++, Python, IDL or Java would also be an advantage.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 14 November 2014.

Interviews are expected to take place on 11 December 2014.

Date November 12, 2014

New book about London showcases UCL data and mapping research

New book about London showcases UCL data and mapping research

Published last week after a year of intensive work, Dr James Cheshire's (UCL Geography) and designer Oliver Uberti's new book offers an impressive collection of London maps and infographics.

‘London: the Information Capital’ seeks to paint a contemporary portrait of the city through its abundance of open data and highlights a range of UCL research from departments including the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and UCL Security and Crime Science.

Work from UCL researchers featured in the book includes the capture of commuter flows from Oyster Card data, a new map of the demographic composition of the capital and fresh insights into huge volumes of social media data.

The book contains over 100 full-colour spreads alongside essays introducing each of five broad themes, including Where we are, Who we are, Where we go, How we’re doing and What we like. 

Facts from the book include:

  • The trains of the London Underground network log more than 75 million kilometres a year – like circling the Earth at the Equator 1,900 times. 
  • In one corner of the City of London, the population spikes from 222 residents by night to in excess of 127,000 by day. 
  • In 2013, the London emergency services responded to 1.1 million calls. 32,500 of them were for incapacitated binge-drinkers. 
  • In 2013, Londoners took 2.4 billion bus journeys.
  • How “The Knowledge” of London’s black cab drivers compares to sat nav.

Date November 12, 2014
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