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OS map showcases infrastructure works for the Commonwealth Games

OS map showcases infrastructure works for the Commonwealth Games A special Ordnance Survey map, which showcases Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games, has been officially launched. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in collaboration with OS, produced the ‘Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ map.

Education Scotland will provide the map on their Game on Scotland website so primary and secondary school students can learn about the vital role of civil engineers in delivering major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games including the construction and coversion of venues, and also work on Glasgow’s infrastructure (water, waste, energy and transport networks) to accommodate the extra one million visitors anticipated.

Date July 18, 2014
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Esri brings GIS to the Mac with the release of Explorer for ArcGIS

Esri brings GIS to the Mac with the release of Explorer for ArcGIS Explorer for ArcGIS allow users to discover, analyse, use and share maps on their Mac OS X or iOS device (Android version coming soon). The ready-to-use app joins Esri’s family of mapping apps, including Collector for ArcGIS, Dashboard for ArcGIS and Explorer for ArcGIS on iOS. It can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and Esri ArcGIS Marketplace.

Explorer for ArcGIS users can access maps, search for and visualise data and brief stakeholders. In the new Mac version, users have the ability to open and view multiple maps at once, dock and undock pop-up windows, and go full screen, taking advantage of Apple's Retina technology on MacBook and Thunderbolt displays.

Explorer for ArcGIS is one of many ready-to-use apps to access maps and share them from Macs or iOS devices. The app is designed for anyone who needs to explore data in a geographic context and use maps to make more informed decisions, and it requires no GIS experience to operate.

Anyone using a Mac desktop or iOS device can download and try the sample maps included in the app. ArcGIS Online subscribers, trial users, and those with a Portal for ArcGIS account can simply download the app, sign in, and begin exploring their maps and data.

Date July 15, 2014

135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers looking for Geographic Vocational Specialists

135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers looking for Geographic Vocational Specialists 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers is the only Unit in the Army Reserve to provide geospatial support to Defence. The Unit is equipped and trained by the Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG) and reinforces their Regular Army counterparts 42 Engineer Regiment (Geo); currently delivering Geographic Information Distribution (GID) and Geodetic Survey capability.

The Sqn has been directed to recruit up to 40 Geographic Vocational Specialists (GVS), from industry, academia and public service, as well as Ex Regular Geo personnel, to provide direct support to Defence planners and intelligence organisations.

Areas of expertise wanted:

* Geographic Information Systems (analysis, research and application development).
* Information Systems Engineering (system network, maintenance and hardware management).
* WEB Services (geospatial data management, dissemination and publication services)
* Surveying (land, geodetic, engineering and building surveyors)
* Other disciplines that have a broad relevance to the delivery of the Squadrons capability including geology, hydrology and geography

Contact for application request and for more information:

Recruiting Officer: WO2 L Hunt

The Recruiting Officer should be contacted on 020 8393 0981 or via e-mail to: 42engr-135Sqnmailbox at mod.uk

Closing date: ongoing

Date July 15, 2014

GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists


GIS Mapping Course for Ecologists This course will cover various aspects of producing an ecology survey map, from the examination of industry standards to the analysis of client and project requirements, and from the acquisition of ecological survey data to the creation of maps using Esri software.

Drawing on their extensive experience of providing GIS services, most notably habitat maps, to ecologists, the Ecology Consultancy will share their knowledge of GIS and cartographic data models to demonstrate how maps can comprehensively summarise and effectively communicate ecological survey results. Having an understanding of the habitat mapping requirements for ecological reports is the first stage in successful map production. Following the analytical steps and the qualitative considerations to produce a habitat survey map (e.g. Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species assessments), the course will provide the expertise of interpreting the survey results, producing adequate map layouts, with suitable symbology and output formats. Using standard habitat classification (JNCC) as a reference, the course will cover various ways to create a map, together with recommendations, quality procedures and work instructions, suggestions and future work, improvements, and integration with ecology workflows.

Organisation: The Ecology Consultancy
Venue: Devon House, 58-60 St. Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1LB
Date: 20 November 2014
Cost: £150 - £175

Date July 15, 2014
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Research Fellow (Built Environment, Active Design and Health)

Research Fellow (Built Environment, Active Design and Health) The Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on an exciting project as part of a randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of living in the East Village (a neighbourhood based on active design principles in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park) on physical activity and health.

The post is full-time for two years. The post will be based in the Healthy Environments Research Programme in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The post will suit a candidate with a strong background in social or environmental epidemiology, spatial analysis and/or quantitative health geography, especially in the field of neighbourhood built and social determinants of health. A higher degree (ideally PhD) in a relevant field is essential. Skills in quantitative data analysis using longitudinal and/or spatial approaches as well as some expertise in the using of GIS are desirable. The successful candidate will be required to collate, create and analyse secondary data on environmental exposures related to physical activity and other health behaviours and write up findings for peer-reviewed publication.

The post is supervised by Professor Steven Cummins (steven.cummins at lshtm.ac.uk) and Dr Daniel Lewis (daniel.lewis at lshtm.ac.uk).

The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway Research Fellow scale Grade 6 (£36,378-£41,313) inclusive, and will commence as soon as possible (preferably no later than 1st October 2014).

Closing date: Sunday, 27 July 2014

Date July 11, 2014

GIS & Data Officer post at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC)


GIS & Data Officer post at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week (plus occasional weekend working, time in lieu given)
Salary: £21,000 per year.

ARC is looking to recruit a GIS & Data Officer with excellent GIS mapping skills, for a one-year contract initially, with the possibility of extension subject to available funding. To start as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will assist our Science Programme Manager and will be responsible for GIS mapping and modelling products, the input of species data from ARC’s species monitoring programmes, entering data onto the Site Management Database and maintaining up-to-date records on volunteer surveys and licensing. You will be required to analyse data for monitoring, policy-guidance, reporting and dissemination purposes.

Essential skills include exceptional organisational ability, data entry experience, experience with MS Office programmes (especially Excel and Access), and a high level of competency with GIS systems. Experience of species distribution and connectivity modelling using ArcGIS (and programmes such as MaxEnt, Conefor etc) as well as mobile technology (iOS and/or Android apps) will be a distinct advantage.

Closing date:Thursday, 17 July 2014.

Please download the job description and application form from the ARC website, or contact Helen Wraight on 01202 391319 or helen.wraight at arc-trust.org for an application pack.

Please return your application form, together with a brief covering letter, to

Helen Wraight,
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation,
655a Christchurch Road,
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4AP

or email to helen.wraight at arc-trust.org

Date July 10, 2014

Product and Data Assurance Manager - OS


Product and Data Assurance Manager - OS In order to maintain this reputation Ordnance Survey are looking for a manager for our Data and Product Assurance team. You will be a great people manager and have a good track record in team management and development. Being responsible for a team of up to ten people you will ensure that data and products are tested on time and to the quality expected by our customers. Expertise in GIS and databases will be very useful in this role and, whilst not essential, knowledge of our products will be beneficial.

Ordnance Survey is expanding its product range and several new products are planned in the coming year. You will use your skills and knowledge to help build capability within the team, introduce new software and provide the business with a first class service.

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

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • People management / development principles
  • Technical knowledge of Spatial databases, GIS and querying languages such as SQL, PL-SQL or Python
  • Analytical skills in solving complex data problems

Date July 9, 2014

British Library need maps georeferencing

Raw Data Mapping Services UK

British Library need maps georeferencing The British Library has just released another batch of scanned historic maps which need georeferencing. Over 3,100 maps, previously hidden within the pages of 17th, 18th, and 19th century books, are now available to georeference and overlay on modern mapping through the link below.

The process is really simple, use a modern map to match features on the historic map. This is a great opportunity to help make some really great maps which sit buried in a dark drawer, available to the public once again through a web mapping portal. To find out how to get involved, click the link below.

Date July 9, 2014

Clark Labs announces new version of Remote Sensing with IDRISI

Under 50 GBP RS

Clark Labs announces new version of Remote Sensing with IDRISI Revised for IDRISI Selva, this version is now available for purchase from Clark Labs. The text is ideal for students and professionals seeking a hands-on, guided exploration of the fundamental issues in remote sensing and image processing, using the techniques and approaches within the IDRISI software.

The text introduces the reader to the display and basic processing procedures for enhancement, analysis and classification of satellite imagery, and trains the user in how to accomplish these tasks within the IDRISI environment. The text comes with tutorial exercises and sample data from a number of locations around the globe, covering a variety of natural and human-modified environments.

It is an excellent resource for teaching remote sensing and is used by universities worldwide.

Cost is only $50 USD plus shipping.

Date July 9, 2014

FieldMove Clino

GIS Mobile

FieldMove Clino FieldMove Clino is a digital compass-clinometer for data capture on your smartphone. The app will allow you to use your phone as a traditional hand-held bearing compass as well as a digital compass-clinometer for measuring and capturing the orientation of planar and linear features in the field. You can also capture and store digital photographs and text notes.

FieldMove Clino Pro is available now as an in-app purchase within FieldMove Clino. More than 10,000 geologists have downloaded our app for use this field season and now we've added new Pro features:

  • New expanded library of symbols for planar and linear data
  • Stereonet display of geological data
  • Draw contacts, faults and outcrops on your chosen basemap (iOS only)
  • Export KMZ and CSV data to other applications like FieldMove or Move

FieldMove Clino is available for iPhone and Android

Date July 8, 2014
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