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EDINA - Geographic Information Technician

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EDINA - Geographic Information Technician EDINA is a national data centre, designated by JISC, and forms part of the ‘virtual library’ for staff and students in UK higher and further education. A key strategic objective is to improve access to spatial data, via the Internet/Mobile networks, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies.

We seek a full time Geographic Information Technician to support, maintain and develop our online services and projects for delivering geographic information. The work is primarily focused on the data and database aspects of our services, providing operational cover and undertaking aspects of service development.

Ideally you will have a degree in a geo-spatial science or related discipline, expertise with using a range of GIS applications, database skills and practical experience of handling and processing a range of different geo-spatial data types and data.

We will be looking for individuals who can demonstrate flexibility, initiative, the ability to work with time pressures and who have good problem solving skills. The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Performing a range of data investigation, preparation, loading and processing tasks. Including determining data loading requirements, creating scripts for loading data into databases both geo-spatial and statistical, undertaking the load. Quality controlling both the process and loaded data. Conduct data processing tasks for new and existing services, including data conversion between different formats and updating service data. (Approx 50% of time)
  2. Undertaking a range of data management tasks including metadata creation, quality control, assist in writing technical documentation covering data and data processing and quality assurance. (Approx 25% of time)
  3. Creating new derived datasets from existing source data, including creating appropriate documentation and quality assurance. (Approx 10% of time)
  4. Investigating new methods of data delivery and data visualisation. (Approx 10% of time)
  5. Supporting the work of EDINA by providing GIS skills and knowledge in both desktop and server environments. Production of sample maps and data for presentations and promotion and assisting User Support in investigating reported data issues from the online national services. (Approx 5% of time)


  • Experience with a range of GIS applications.
  • Spatial database and SQL skills.
  • Knowledge of spatial data conversion and practical experience with a range of different data (types and formats).
  • Experience with Ordnance Survey data (for example OS MasterMap, OS VectorMap, Strategi, or Boundary-Line).
  • Scripting languages such as Python

This post is full-time, open-ended and is based in Central Edinburgh. For more details and to apply, please click the link below.

Salary: £25,759 - £29,837 per annum
Closing Date: 9th July 2014
Vacancy Ref: 030640

Date June 25, 2014

ArcGIS spatial analysis MOOC

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ArcGIS spatial analysis MOOC ESRI have announced that they will offer a free online course in spatial analysis though their new MOOC platform. 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?

The course will take 6 weeks and requires about 2-3 hours of study each week. No specific dates have been announced as yet, however if you are interested then you can sign up and you will be mailed when the dates are confirmed.

Date June 24, 2014

ESA seeks new Director General


ESA seeks new Director General Fancy heading up one of the leading players in Remote Sensing? The European Space Agency (ESA) are looking to recruit a new Director General.

The Director General guides and oversees the evolution of ESA’s role and programmes in support of Europe’s governments and the needs of European society with respect to space. They are accountable for the implementation of Agency policies and the execution of its programmes in a manner that is both supportive of European industrial competitiveness and consistent with the highest standards of effectiveness and efficiency.

The Director General exercises strong leadership over ESA activities, provides clear internal directions to its workforce and ensures their continued motivation. They conduct ESA activities with the aim of achieving the full potential of European space capability for the benefit of all participants.

The Director General will have international experience in one or, preferably, more of the following areas: political, technical, scientific, economic, administrative. He/she will have occupied top-level posts in public, semi-public or private organisations. Experience in space-related matters would be highly desirable.

For more information on the role and to apply, please click the link below.

Closing date: 18th August 2014

Date June 24, 2014

Cartographica 49 2 Summer 2014 is now available online

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Cartographica 49 2 Summer 2014 is now available online The latest edition of Cartographica is available at Project MUSE. This issue (Volume 49, Number 2, Summer 2014 ) contains:

Implications of Web Mercator and Its Use in Online Mapping
Sarah E. Battersby, Michael P. Finn, E. Lynn Usery and Kristina H. Yamamoto

Mapping Mental Representations of Industrial Risk: Illustrated with the Populations of the Estuary of the Seine River, France
Emmanuel Bonnet, Marion Amalric, Morgane Chevé

Testing Subjective Preference and Map Use Performance: Use of Web Maps for Decision Making in the Public Health Sector
André Mendonça, Luciene Delazari

A New Qualitative GIS Method for Investigating Neighbourhood Characteristics Using a Tablet
Isabelle Schoepfer, Stephanie R. Rogers

Date June 24, 2014

PhD Studentship - Space Debris Environment Modelling

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PhD Studentship - Space Debris Environment Modelling University College London are looking to recruit a PhD studentship to work on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK funded project that seeks to model the evolution of the space debris environment.

The aim of this PhD project is to describe the current space debris environment using cutting edge astrodynamics methods and model its evolution over time using machine learning techniques and spatio-temporal data analysis. The Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory (SGNL) has become a world leader in accurately modelling the many forces acting on spacecraft in orbit. Our models are currently employed by both NASA and ESA to supply data to support scientific environmental monitoring missions (JASON-1, SENTINEL). SpaceTimeLab have a wealth of experience in the analysis, modelling, simulation and visualisation of large spatio-temporal datasets, with applications in transportation, crime and disaster response. This is an exciting opportunity to build on these models and develop novel techniques to gain new insights into the behaviour of the space debris environment.

Skills you will learn include design, development and testing of algorithms, software and database development, experimental design and implementation, data analysis and both technical and interpersonal communication. You will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts within both the astrodynamics and spatio-temporal data analysis communities.

This project is a collaboration between UCL’s Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory and SpaceTimeLab and will be supervised by Dr Stuart Grey and Dr James Haworth.

Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to s.grey@ucl.ac.uk

Salary: £15,726
Closing Date: 18th July 2014

Date June 23, 2014

LSE Fellow in Economic Geography

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LSE Fellow in Economic Geography The Department of Geography at the London School of Economics are looking to recruit a research fellow. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as carrying out administrative duties.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject, or be close to completing it. In addition, candidates should have expertise in the fields of economic geography, urban economics and applied spatial economic analysis. Experience of teaching courses at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level is also essential.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

Fixed-term for one year from 1 September 2014

Salary: £32,794 to £39,669 per annum
Closing Date: 29th June 2014

Date June 23, 2014

GIS and Data Analysis - University of Glasgow

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GIS and Data Analysis - University of Glasgow The University of Glasgow are currently recruiting for a GIS and Data Analyst in the school of Social and political Sciences. You will be responsible for delivering a range of GIS and analysis support in the new Urban Big Data Centre funded by the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Big Data Network Phase 2 - Business and Local Data. The centre's work will focus on developing Big Data management and information retrieval solutions, curation and linkage of different sources of Big Data, and research on urban informatics, urban and regional modeling and simulations, complex systems modeling and data science to address complex urban challenges relating to social justice, lifelong learning, urban engagement and environmental sustainability in cities.



  • Qualified in IT to degree level and/or with postgraduate qualification in IT discipline.
  • Significant GIS development and programming with web-based GIS solutions


  • Knowledge of complex, heterogeneous urban data for research.
  • Knowledge of legal aspects of data confidentiality and technical solutions of privacy enhancing solutions

Salary: £32,267 - £36,298
Closing Date: 29 June 2014
Vacancy Ref: S40129

Date June 20, 2014

Data Archive Manager - SEEG, Oxford


Data Archive Manager - SEEG, Oxford The Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG) has a wide-ranging interest in the spatial determinants of infectious diseases of public health importance. We are currently recruiting for the position of Data Archive Manager. The person will be responsible for the management of the group’s spatiotemporal data archives, supporting this area of highly technical and interdisciplinary science. The main responsibilities and duties are leading the development of a system for acquisition, preparation, and preservation of global environmental, socio-economic, and disease data sets; creating and/or updating documentation (i.e. metadata) describing the existing and future datasets; maintaining continuity and expanding the scope of core data products, and assisting in the development and maintenance of an online data distribution system for datasets.

Candidates must have a first or upper second class Bachelor degree and intermediate to advanced programming expertise in one or more languages commonly used in research (R, Python, IDL, C, etc.) as well as extensive experience managing large (i.e. multiple terabyte) scientific data archives, the demonstrated ability to adapt and apply existing scripts and algorithms, knowledge of different data formats used in geospatial modelling and a general working knowledge of Linux. The interview will include a 5 minute presentation on the candidate’s previous work that is relevant to this post as well as a 30 minute programming skills test. The candidate will join a large and dynamic group under the supervision of Professor Simon Hay. Funding is available to support training, collaborative visits and conference attendance.

Vacancy ID: 113739
Deadline: Midday 16th July 2014

Date June 18, 2014

Software Engineer - EDINA

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Software Engineer - EDINA EDINA is a national data centre, designated by Jisc, and forms part of the 'virtual library' for staff and students in UK higher and further education. A key strategic objective is to improve access to spatial data, via the Internet/Mobile networks, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies.

We are looking for a software engineer to maintain and develop our online services/projects delivering maps, geospatial data and geographic information to researchers and students across the UK. You’ll be tasked with keeping these complex, dynamic services/projects running smoothly as well as contributing to the evolution of existing and new products in a rapidly changing environment.

Ideally you will have a degree in Computer Science (or related subject) or equivalent relevant work experience, in addition to some experience of working in UNIX (Solaris/Linux) environments, a strong knowledge of Object Orientated design, Java and JavaScript/AJAX development. Knowledge of JSON and XML along with good database skills. We will be looking for an individual who can demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative and who has good problem solving skills. The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.

Salary: £25,759 - £29,837
Job Ref: 030476
Closing Date: 27th June 2014

Date June 16, 2014

ESA App Camp invitation

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ESA App Camp invitation For the third time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting 20 developers to its ESRIN location in Frascati (including travel expenses and accommodation), and you could be one of them. Whether you are selected for the App Camp will depend on the creativity of your previous works with regard to their content, usability, design, and underlying business concepts, so show us the best apps you have developed.

The goal of the App Camp is to produce mobile apps using Earth observation data on smartphones. In doing so, it focuses on leveraging the possibilities offered by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus, which just became operational with the launch of the first Sentinel satellite earlier this year.

ESA will provide access to satellite data for the development of mobile applications (Android and iOS) in five predefined categories. A dedicated API will enable easy integration of Earth observation data into your app. To take part in the App Camp, you don't need any experience in integrating such data.

Participants will be able to choose their preferred category and apply either alone or in teams of two, three, or four. All selected candidates will be grouped into teams of four.

App Categories

* Agriculture
* Emergency and Rescue Operations
* Environmental Protection
* Maritime Environment and Maritime Transportation
* Lifestyle Apps


After a week of intense teamwork in your selected category, you and your team will present your app to the other participants and a jury of ESA representatives on the final day of the App Camp. The jury will then select the winning team and present each of its members with a gadget.

Location: Frascati, Italy
Dates: 8 to 15 September 2014

Please vist the ESA App Camp website for more information and to register.

Registration is from 23 May to 21 July 2014.

Date June 13, 2014
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