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IJHG September 2014 edition available online

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IJHG September 2014 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 21 August to 20 September 2014.


Spatial optimization of residential care facility locations in Beijing, China: maximum equity in accessibility. Tao Z, Cheng Y, Dai T and Rosenberg MW.


Catchments of general practice in different countries - a literature review. Allan DP.

Date September 22, 2014

QGIS UK - Scottish User Group

Free Open Source GIS UK

QGIS UK - Scottish User Group Registration is now open for the 2nd QGIS user group meeting. The event will be hosted by The University of Edinburgh in their Informatics Forum. The event will bring together QGIS users and developers for a full day of workshops and presentations. having sneaked a peek at the programme, the day looks great and should appeal to both experienced users and total newbies.

The event is free, but the organising team is looking for sponsors to cover the cost of catering. If you want to attend, please register as soon as possible. Places are limited and going fast.

Date September 22, 2014

Transport Map Books

Research GIS UK

Transport Map Books Alex Singleton has created Transport Map Books for each local authority in England. The data are derived from multiple sources including: the 2011 Census, Department for Transport estimates and the results of a research project looking at carbon dioxide emissions linked to the school commute.

Maps include:

  • Travel to work flows
  • Accessibility to Services
  • Emissions associated with the school commute
  • Car availability and travel to work mode choice
  • Distance and mode of travel to work
  • and many many more.

Alex has made all the Map Books available and has deposited the code he wrote to do the analysis and create the books in GitHub. The map output was automated in R

Date September 22, 2014

Senior Lecturer / Reader in Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis

UK Programming GIS Research Job

Senior Lecturer / Reader in Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis The Department of Geography at Kings College London is looking to recruit a Senior Lecturer or Reader in Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis.

The Department of Geography is an internationally recognised, research-led department with a large post-graduate community and direct access to doctoral training centres funded by all four of the discipline-relevant research councils. The Department has a strong commitment to the promotion of research excellence and a vibrant community of scholars, including more than 100 doctoral students, who belong to one or more of four research groups. In addition to a large and growing undergraduate cohort (intake circa 120 in 2013) who opt for either a BA or BSc degree at the end of their first year, with bespoke pathways allowing for a combination of human and physical geography topics, we run one of the largest sets of postgraduate taught degrees in Geography in the United Kingdom offering programmes in various aspects of physical geography, cities, environment, development, disasters, geopolitics, tourism, aquatic resource management and risk. Approximately 200 masters students are enrolled on Geography programmes.

Based at the Strand Campus with its broad range of academic disciplines, this appointment is part of a longer-term investment strategy to provide additional expertise in quantitative analysis, modelling and visualisation in both spatial and a-spatial contexts, partly realised through a new ‘Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis’ pathway on the undergraduate degree that emphasises quantitative methods, spatial statistics, programming, simulation modelling, and behavioural ‘big data’.

The successful applicant will:

  • Conduct and publish research of international quality in his/her field.
  • Develop and articulate a research agenda that aims to place the successful candidate at the forefront of their field over the course of their career, where appropriate through applying for and securing research grants, and developing appropriate external research networks;
  • Actively promote strategic research links within the Department, within the wider College academic community and with external institutions and partners.
  • Make a strong contribution to the Department and College research profiles by developing a track record of world-leading publications in his/her field of study, through participation in impact activities, and by active participation in research communities;
  • Contribute to and promote teaching excellence, including PGT and PhD supervision, through leadership, development and delivery of modules in the Department, in particular regarding quantitative methodological teaching and the ‘Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis’ undergraduate pathway.
  • Contribute to routine administration and strategic planning at Department, School and College levels.

Salary: Grade 8 scale, currently £48,743 to £56,482 per annum, plus £2,323 London Allowance per annum.
Closing Date: 20 October 2014

Date September 19, 2014

NHS make more data open and available

Raw Data Free GIS UK

NHS make more data open and available The NHS have created a site called My NHS which aims to open up data to improve services. In My NHS you can see key data used by the NHS and local councils to monitor performance and shape the services you use. We’ll continually add to the information, listen to what you want, and work to make it as clear as possible.

The NHS data is released under the Open Government Licence

Date September 19, 2014

Post: Maps Record Specialist at the National Archives


Post: Maps Record Specialist at the National Archives The National Archives is looking to recruit a Map Records Specialist to join their growing Map Team. The National Archives has one of the world’s major holdings of maps, plans and architectural drawings, with a national and international range, spanning seven centuries.

As part of the Map Team, you will develop knowledge and promote understanding of these maps within their archival context, by a range of activities, from detailed cataloguing projects to giving talks; developing training, records interpretation and research guidance products; assisting with events and workshops; writing in media old and new; and you will assist in representing The National Archives' map knowledge internally and externally.

You will also contribute to the front-line general advisory service to the public, across the full range of The National Archives' holdings.

Role and Responsibilities


  • Develop specialist knowledge across the wide range of The National Archives' maps.
  • Contribute to the specialist advice service for maps.
  • Help to deliver advice on potential and actual accruals from government departments.
  • Participate in the delivery of general records information services, by providing advice to users of the public records, for an average of 10 hours per week.


  • Contribute to the completion of a major retrospective conversion of legacy data on The National Archives' map holdings, using X-metal.
  • Develop and lead access improvement projects for the map collections (where possible securing external resources to deliver the project work) while ensuring that projects meet agreed strategic criteria.
  • Create and deliver research guidance products and training modules for maps (including the use of new media).
  • Help to develop a programme of research projects for external grant funding bids, as required, and represent The National Archives on partnership research projects using maps.

Records Knowledge

  • Promote the value and importance of the map collections to a wide variety of external and internal audiences.
  • Contribute knowledge and expertise within The National Archives (e.g. input to digitisation projects, commercial product delivery, service delivery enhancements, interviews, VIP visits).
  • Improve and share knowledge through talks, training, and publications, aimed at both researchers and staff.

Person Specification


  • A degree and postgraduate or archival qualification, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong motivation to fulfil the role of map specialist, and a commitment to any necessary personal development.
  • Knowledge of historic mapping, preferably with research experience using maps.
  • Excellent communication and editorial skills, with the ability to explain complex or technical issues and concepts to non-specialists.
  • Knowledge of cataloguing standards, preferably with map cataloguing experience in an archives context.
  • Broad awareness of The National Archives' non-map holdings, and an interest in the administrative history of central government.
  • Supervisory and team-player experience or aptitude, plus ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organisational skills coupled with the ability to work to a high degree of accuracy.


      • Experience of public speaking and an ability to engage in debate.
      • Published author in records-related material.
      • Skill in one or more languages (as well as in English).
      • Excellent IT skills, and a commitment to innovate and improve.
      • General knowledge of GIS.
      • Experience of user-focused services.

      Generous benefits package, including pension, childcare vouchers, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

      Visit the National Archives website for more information and to apply for the post.

      Location: Kew, West London
      Working Arrangement: Full-time//Permanent
      Starting Salary: Band E, £25,560
      Closing Date: Friday, 10 October 2014 at midnight

      Date September 17, 2014

Post: Chief Geospatial Scientist - Ordnance Survey


Post: Chief Geospatial Scientist - Ordnance Survey This exciting role is fundamental to the success of Ordnance Survey. The opportunity is to own and lead the research strategy and vision for Ordnance Survey, investigating and developing foresight, technology and methods, in order to promote Ordnance Survey both as an industry and thought leader. You will be expected to seek and enable new operational, growth and innovation opportunities for the organisation and have a track record of achieving this in your career.

Ordnance Survey has a challenging research agenda that will enable us to diversify into new markets that will underpin growth in our business plan, influence the direction of UK Geospatial research and support UK government in key policy areas. Through being recognised as thought leader at a national level in an aspect of geospatial research, you will have the credibility to take ownership of this agenda and formulate and direct the delivery of Ordnance Survey’s Research programmes and strategy.

You will relish the chance to build and maintain strategic relationships and networks, representing Ordnance Survey at national and global levels in geospatial research and technology foresight. You will stimulate engagement with academia and funding agencies and direct the award of external research contracts. You will be required to have a very good appreciation of the commercial value of Research.

You will act as Scientific Adviser in relevant key policy areas, for example environmental management, security, disaster response – supporting our responsibility as adviser to government by articulating the benefits and opportunities of geospatial developments in these mission critical-policy areas. You will offer us a particular geospatial research strength in a relevant discipline and will be expected to continue to develop this area of expertise.

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

  • in the understanding of Geospatial research disciplines and processes;
  • in stakeholder management, especially in relation to academic and government stakeholders;
  • in the development of strategy
  • as a thought-leader within geospatial research.

Competencies - level 4

  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Collaborating and partnering.
  • Achieving commercial outcomes

For more information about the competencies and what we are looking for, please click here.


  • Educated to PhD level or equivalent industry experience.

Alongside all the benefits you’d expect (e.g. flexi time and an excellent pension plan), we offer exciting projects, a fresh, innovative environment and the role-specific training you’ll need to really develop in your career.

To Apply
To apply, please upload your covering letter and CV demonstrating your suitability for the role. Your letter should include a heading for each of the competencies, under which you should provide relevant examples to demonstrate your track record against the essential criteria for the role.

Location: Southampton
Salary: £60,000, plus bonus and excellent benefits
Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent
Closing date: 30 September 2014

Date September 17, 2014

GPS-GIS Combined Practical Training at Ambios Ltd


GPS-GIS Combined Practical Training at Ambios Ltd This training course is for students, employees and volunteers of NGOs, government agencies and research/education organisations. This course intended for trainees who will wish to gain (or have) employment that involves biodiversity data collection, wildlife monitoring and mapping. Trainees will have gain some practical experience about GPS and GIS technology.

This 2-day course is designed for those who use (or want to use) GPS handheld units combined with GIS mapping software (the open source or FREE version). Mapping species can be used as a practical management tool as well as for interpretation and promoting public understanding of nature conservation.

This course is unique, offering you loan of the kit as well as insight into both technologies and how they link together. It offers an exciting package to Countryside Rangers/Conservation Officers/ Volunteers (prospective and existing) enabling you to use both a hand held GPS unit and open source (free) GIS software to map and record biodiversity data. You will also be able to directly use your new skills as a volunteer and/or in the workplace with immediate effect.

You will be lent a Garmin GPSMAP® Unit (worth over £200) prior to the course in order for you to practice the straightforward activities we will provide which are designed to encourage you to become familiar with the features of the GPS Unit. There will be an opportunity to purchase the unit at the end of the course. You will also receive a memory stick containing instructions on how to download the open source GIS as well as other relevant software.

Organisation: Ambios Ltd
Location: Exeter
Course type: Short Course
Date: 20 and 21 November 2014
Cost: £250 (less for students)
Contact name: Simon Roper
Contact telephone: 01363 773443
Contact email: info at ambios.net

Discount rate for full-time students.

Date September 16, 2014

Job Vacancy: RA in Spatial Intelligence at the University of Münster


Job Vacancy: RA in Spatial Intelligence at the University of Münster The Spatial Intelligence Lab is inviting applications for a Research Associate in Spatial Intelligence (Doctoral Researcher or Postdoc Researcher, E 13 TV-L) in one of their research projects. SIL are seeking either a doctoral or post-doctoral researcher. The salary level is E 13 TV-L, which amounts to approximately 3450-4000€ gross (depending on experience).

This fixed-term post is available for a one-year period, but can be extended. Currently, the regular full employment time is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. Teaching load is 4 hours per week for a full-time position.

Research Projects

Research Project: Wayfinding Through Orientation

This research project aims at a new wayfinding paradigm that supports users in orientation, spatial learning, and cognitive mapping. We analyze human wayfinding instructions, elicit information supporting orientation and develop new ways to present these instructions. We conduct wayfinding experiments and developing prototypes for mobile wayfinding assistance systems using orientation information.

Research Project: Spatial Learning

This research project aims at supporting children and young adults in advancing their spatial competencies. We develop technology-supported games to train users in spatial competencies such as self-orientation, wayfinding, and mapping. Besides children, future interest groups involve elderly people as well. We develop tools for spatial learning such as educational games based on geo-technologies and conduct on-site user studies.

Research Project: SketchMapia

SketchMapia is a framework for collecting, automatically analyzing and integrating information from (hand-drawn) sketch maps into geographic information systems. Sketch maps are an intuitive way to communicate spatial information that does not require any cartographic and technological expertise and has high potential for volunteered geographic information. We analyse spatial information through qualitative spatial analysis techniques.

Applicants should have a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and a background in at least one of the following disciplines: GI Science, computer science, or cognitive science.

Applicants should submit a CV and a 1-page statement of interest specifying which research project(s) they are interested in, how their interests/expertise would contribute to the project, and outline the preferred starting time.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Please submit your application by e-mail to
schwering at uni-muenster.de.

Salary: 3450-4000€ gross
Closing Date: 5 October 2014

Date September 16, 2014

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014 - 2015

Free UK

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014 - 2015 The 2014-15 program for the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography have been released. All seminars will take place in Emmanuel College, Cambridge and shall start at 1730 unless stated otherwise. All are welcome and refreshments will be available after the seminars.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Professor Paul Harvey (University of Durham)
Early-modern maps in mirror image

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Lt Cdr Dr John Ash (Scott Polar Research Institute)
On polar maritime maps and charts

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College)
On eighteenth-century maps

Location and time
Gardner Room
Emmanuel College,
St Andrew's Street,
England CB2 3AP

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at
sarah.bendall at emma.cam.ac.uk

tel. 01223 330476

Refreshments will be available after each seminar.

Date September 15, 2014
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