Research Associate/Senior RA in GIS post at Lancaster University
Salary: £25,759 to £36,661
Closing Date: Thursday 06 March 2014
Interviews are likely to take place on either the 25 March or 26 March 2014.
The successful applicant will work closely with Prof Ian Gregory and an inter-disciplinary group of researchers at Lancaster University. The project, Spatial Humanities: Text, GIS, Places (www.lancs.ac.uk/spatialhum), funded by the European Research Council, has developed GIS approaches to manipulating and analysing large volumes of text. We now want to apply these techniques and resources to a major GIS-based analysis of long-term socio-economic change, focussing on geographical variations in mortality decline in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This will make use of several large existing quantitative databases of census statistics, mortality data, agricultural statistics and migration data. These will be used in combination with major textual resources and analytic approaches that have been developed in earlier stages of the project. The post thus provides the opportunity to conduct applied research using highly innovative GIS approaches and major existing databases.
Applicants will have strong GIS and spatial analytical skills. A thorough knowledge of a GIS software package such as ArcGIS and experience of applying it in research within human geography is essential. Applicants will hold, or be close to holding, a postgraduate qualification involving extensive use of GIS. This will preferably be a PhD, although candidates holding a masters degree will also be considered. Applicants will also have strong IT skills and a good knowledge of spatial analytical approaches. Good oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work independently within an inter-disciplinary team.
Experience of producing academic publications would be an advantage. A knowledge of nineteenth and/or twentieth century history and/or historical demography is also desirable but is not essential as other post-holders will have these skills.
This is a fixed-term appointment and is available from 1st April 2014 until 31 December 2016, and we hope to appoint someone as soon as possible after that date.
More details on the project are available from:
AGI Scotland - Future Cities
Booking is open for the AGI Scotland Annual Event, on 18 March in Glasgow City Chambers. Forming part of this year's AGI national event series "Geo: The Big 5", this year's event will have a focus on Future Cities.
In 2014 the AGI celebrates 25 years since it was founded. This high profile event series has been conceived by input from our members. It will look at 5 key areas where GI has a vital role to play and looking forward at the impact we can make as an industry in new fields.
Glasgow is leading the UK on Future Cities, having been selected as the UK Future Cities Demonstrator project. Those who made it to the AGI conference in September (or who follow this blog!) will remember that Iain Langlands of Glasgow City Council picked up the award for Best Paper for his presentation on the work under-way.
Future Cities is an area of huge potential for geographic information. This event, with a stream focussed on this exciting topic, located in Glasgow is likely to have a wide appeal so make sure and book your place as soon as you can.
In addition to the Future Cities stream, like last year, we will also have parallel streams to showcase the very best of geographic information case studies in Scotland and workshops to brush up on your practical skills.
Cost: £49 + VAT for members
6 Reasons to Get Over Your Fear of Coding and Start Making Better Maps
The article is certainly worth a read and links well with an article written by Alex Singleton that explored Why Geographers Should Learn to Code.
Cartographer - Ordnance Survey
OS Cartography is recognised globally as a centre of excellence - and they are now looking for great people to join their team. You’ll develop and progress with the OS as you get involved in editing mapping data, to enhance OS products. With a willingness to learn, you’ll gain excellent knowledge of generalisation, to represent real world features at different map scales.
You’ll work on a range of products and support activities, not only drawing maps, but also updating databases using GIS and customised tools. This role will offer you the opportunity to work across a variety of mapping scales and learn new skills in editing mapping data and generalising to add value to Ordnance Survey’s products. You will be expected to take responsibility for monitoring your own work to compare finished product with the expected outcomes to ensure accuracy and thoroughness. This is a vital role in the organisation as it ensures Ordnance Survey’s products are updated to meet our customers’ expectations. Relevant training in edit systems and production processes will be provided, as required.
- Good knowledge and skills in GIS
- Good attention to detail, able to provide accurate, efficient and honest quality checking for own work.
- Good knowledge and skills in MS Office
Salary: £22,013.00 - 26,245.00
Closing Date: 7 February 2014
Date January 29, 2014
An intro to the OGC and the UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest
This event will give an introduction to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and some updates on the recent United Kingdom Interoperability Assessment Plugfest (UKIAP) held by OGC and the Ordnance Survey, with the support of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). The results of the Plugfest will allow Ordnance Survey to provide best practice guidance to those who want to consume or implement geospatial web services or products based on OGC standards. The event provides a great opportunity for AGI members to understand more about the OGC’s work and how the UKIAP Sprint 1 and Sprint 2 sessions are helping geospatial software suppliers make their products OGC compliant.Date January 29, 2014
CERC uses TatukGIS Developer Kernel v10 for Air Pollution Modeling with 3-D Visualisation
UK based environmental engineering company Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) has used the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (DK) ActiveX edition since 2007 to develop the GIS mapping module for its ADMS air pollution modeling software. ADMS is used by hundreds of people in over 30 countries for dispersion modeling of urban air pollution and calculation of air pollution concentrations. Users include regulatory authorities, government organisations, industrial bodies, environmental consultancies and academic institutions.
The mapping module developed from the TatukGIS DK, called ADMS Mapper, is used to visualise and edit input data for the ADMS modeling software. Before ADMS Mapper became available, users of ADMS had to buy third party GIS software such as ESRI ArcGIS or MapInfo to visualise their modeling scenarios.
In 2013 CERC updated its Mapper application to use the TatukGIS DK v10 in order to take full advantage of the new 3-D mapping capabilities the DK component provides. The new Mapper v2 is now an ActiveX library (DLL) that is installed as a shared component so that it can be used by multiple products CERC develops. Accordingly, the Mapper v2 was released during October-December 2013 with the latest versions of ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads, and ADMS-Airport. The flexibility of developing a plug-in GIS tool in-house using the TatukGIS SDK has meant CERC can provide stunning GIS capability in many products quickly and with reduced development costs.
ADMS is used to model the impact of existing and proposed industrial installations with respect to air quality standards such as the EU Air Quality Directive, UK Air Quality Strategy, US National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), Chinese Class I, II and III, and WHO guidelines. Typical uses include IPPC authorisations, stack height determination, odor modeling, environmental impact assessments, and safety and emergency planning. Government customers of ADMS within the United Kingdom include the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency in England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland, and Food Standards Agency in the UK.
Please visit the CERC website for more detailed information about CERC and its ADMS software, including the user guide.
More about TatukGIS and its GIS Developer Kernel is available at
OS Carto Hack Camp
Are you interested in cartographic design or data visualisation? The OS are holding a Carto Hack Camp on 20 February to give you the chance to showcase your skills, and the winner of the hack day will be offered a paid internship in our Cartographic Design team.
At the hack camp, you’ll spend the day at their Southampton HQ, meet the Product Development team and spend the day working with them to come up with an exciting new solution for one of our customer scenarios. You’ll then demo your ‘map’ to the panel of Ordnance Survey judges who will rate them and decide on the day’s winner.
GIS and Mapping Specialist
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
We are looking to appoint a GIS and Mapping Specialist within the BAS Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) to deliver a GIS/mapping Helpdesk service. This well-established service provides expert GIS support to BAS staff, delivering bespoke maps and other GIS products on a fast turn-round basis.
The job requires solid expertise and demonstrable experience with ArcGIS, with an emphasis on producing map-based outputs.
Outputs from this role will support a wide range of activities across the width of BAS polar operations and science programmes. Liaising with BAS staff to define tasks, the ability to negotiate and work to deadlines and to track and report on progress are key aspects of the role.
Secondary activities are contributing to design and compilation of published regional-scale topographic maps and managing sales of BAS maps through our distributors.
Qualifications: Degree-level in Geography/GIS or a related subject with a large GIS component and post-graduate experience working with ArcGIS.
Duration: Open - Ended Appointment.
Salary: £19,937 to £23,640 per annum.
Closing Date: 16th February 2014
Advances in Geographic Data Science: Open Data and Systems
This weeks EEO/AGI(S) seminar will be on Advances in Geographic Data Science: Open Data and Systems. The talk will be given by Dr. Alex Singleton of the University of Liverpool. This should be a good talk, Alex is well-known for his use of big data and for the tools that he uses to analyse and publish the results.
This week’s seminar will take place on Friday (31st Jan) at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.
Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.
NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training
The IAPETUS NERC Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between the universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling, and The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Society.
IAPETUS has between 12 and 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies at one of IAPETUS’ partner institutions (listed above) in October 2014.
IAPETUS currently has over 75 doctoral research projects that applicants can apply to study across all the partner institutions. Some of the topics have scope for GIS and Remote Sensing in them.
Newcastle University is offering 20 PhD projects supervised by mixed teams of world-leading researchers, with members of staff from across our partner organisations involved in each. Information about these projects can be found on the IAPETUS NERC DTC website.
Closing Date: 10th February 2014