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OS Director General, Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, mapping out new career direction


OS Director General, Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, mapping out new career direction Assuming this isn't an April Fool's joke, Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, who has led Britain's national mapping authority for almost 14 years as its Director General and Chief Executive has announced today that from 14 April she will focus for the rest of the year on the growth plans of Ordnance Survey internationally as Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International.

Neil Ackroyd, who is currently Deputy Director General and Director of Operations will become the Acting Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey in the interim while an open recruitment process begins to appoint a permanent successor.

More information about this announcement can be found on the OS website via link below.

Date April 1, 2014

Principal Geospatial Architect - Ordnance Survey


Principal Geospatial Architect - Ordnance Survey Geospatial production systems are core to Ordnance Survey with capturing, managing and transforming the data at the heart of our business. We are looking for a Principal Geospatial Architect who will provide architectural and technical leadership across the full range of these systems. You will have responsibility for the evolution of these systems, working with a wide-range of stakeholders from across the organisation to direct their development.

You will be accountable for the overall strategy for these systems, and for the definition and implementation of solutions, providing expertise and leadership to delivery teams. This means you will have technical oversight throughout the software development lifecycle, which we undertake using agile methodologies. This will be backed up by strong hands-on technical experience in all aspects of the definition and delivery of enterprise-class solutions, with a particularly strong emphasis on geospatial technologies.

You will also need great business skills; this role will see you working across the business at all levels, including with the executive board, as well as representing the organisation externally; you will need to exude credibility and authority, and know how to influence with subtlety and finesse. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person; if you think you have what it takes, then we want to hear from you.

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

  • Very good track record in the definition and communication of
    technical strategies
  • Very good business focused consultancy skills
  • Very good track record in understanding and definition of solution
    and enterprise architectures, with a particular emphasis on enterprise-level geospatial solutions
  • Very good knowledge of the software development lifecycles
  • Good knowledge of geospatial industry technology developments

Salary: Circa £50,000
Closing Date: 14 April 2014

Date March 31, 2014

KTP RA - Lead Software Development Engineer - Nottingham

Research GIS RS UK

KTP RA - Lead Software Development Engineer - Nottingham Integrated Transport Planning Ltd., is a transport consultancy that has delivered research and planning services to the public and private sector for the last 16 years. ITP have an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate or post-graduate to kick-start their career by leading the agile development and commercialisation of a high-profile crowdsourcing website which aims to improve the quality of ‘ease-of-access’ information for disabled people in the UK.

You will work through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership(KTP) which has recently been established between ITP and The University of Nottingham. AccessAdvisr is driven by ITP’s strategic desire to develop in-house expertise on data crowd-sourcing techniques, and is seeking to harnesses the power of crowd-sourcing to inform better designed transport systems, places and public spaces that are truly accessible-for-all. This position involves managing a strategically important project from development through to commercialisation for UK and international markets.

The ideal candidate for this post will ideally:

  • Hold an MSc or MEng or equivalent in software engineering, computer programming or a geo-spatial discipline (PhD or equivalent - desirable), but recognise demonstrable coding ability matters more than the qualification.
  • Be fluent in Java, plus ideally practical experience of Perl / Python / Ruby / PHP / Node.js.
  • Be competent at designing and creating relational databases, and integrating them into modern, web-based geo-spatial software applications using PostgreSQL and/or PostGIS.
  • Fully understand and apply responsive web-design principles, HTML 5.0, CSS3 and JavaScript.
  • Point to examples of websites/apps they have created, explaining the rationale behind them, and how they represent a philosophy for user-centred design meeting target-audience needs.
  • Have demonstrable graphic / web design skills and be able to collaborate with designers to specify and incorporate their designs into the websites you develop.
  • Exhibit drive, motivation and a desire to improve society for people with limited mobility.
  • Communicate professionally and efficiently with a range of professionals and stakeholders.
  • Be organised and work methodically, managing their own time and workload effectively

Salary: £23,000 to £27,000
Closing Date: Wednesday 11th April 2014

Date March 31, 2014

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS (Raster Applications)

UK GIS Learning Resource Cost

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems - Using ArcGIS (Raster Applications) The University of Leeds are planning to run a GIS course that will help ArcGIS users handle Raster Datasets.

This is a 1.5 day course introducing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using ESRI’s ArcGIS version 10 software. It builds on basic knowledge of data manipulation, mapping and analysis, introducing the Spatial Analyst extension. The emphasis of this course is working with raster data in the context of a variety of environmental applications by exploring surface geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS. Common raster data sources will be used including Ordnance Survey terrain data and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology land cover maps (via Digimap). The course will cover the basics of grid-based modelling (local, focal, zonal and global functions) and develop a wider understanding of the capabilities of ArcGIS and raster analysis in the context of terrain and hydrological modelling. The course will mix teaching with demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

When: 9.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m. (May 19) 9.30 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. (May 20)

Where: G19, East Building, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Level of prior learning required: This course assumes that you have basic IT skills. Although it is not a requirement for participants to have prior knowledge or experience of using ArcGIS, attendance on the ‘vector’ ArcGIS course is recommended as it will provide a greater understanding of the tools and functionality of the software. ArcGIS uses a menu-based interface - participants should be familiar with the Microsoft Windows environment

Cost: £45 for UK postgraduate students, £90 for RCUK funded researchers/ staff at UK universities.

For more details and to register, please click the link below.

Date March 31, 2014

IJHG March 2014 edition available online

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IJHG March 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 22 February 2013 to 30 March 2014.


On the Internet of Things, smart cities and the WHO Healthy Cities. Boulos MN and Al-Shorbaji NM.


A spatially filtered multilevel model to account for spatial dependency: application to self-rated health status in South Korea. Park Y and Kim Y.


The effect of spatial aggregation on performance when mapping a risk of disease. Jeffery C, Ozonoff A, Pagano M.

Social differences in avoidable mortality between small areas of 15 European cities: an ecological study. Hoffmann R, Borsboom G, Saez M, Dell’Olmo M, Burström B, Corman D, Costa C, Deboosere P, Domínguez-Berjón M, Dzúrová D, Gandarillas A, Gotsens M, Kovács K, Mackenbach J, Martikainen P, Maynou L, Morrison J, Palència L, Pérez G, Pikhart H, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Santana P, Saurina C, Tarkiainen L and Borrell C.

Characteristics of residential areas and transportational walking among frail and non-frail Dutch elderly: does the size of the area matter? Etman A, Kamphuis CB, Prins RG, Burdorf A, Pierik FH and van Lenthe FJ.

Date March 31, 2014

OS Technical Specialist - Corporate Data Management and Assurance


OS Technical Specialist - Corporate Data Management and Assurance The Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit a Technical Specialist as part of their Corporate Data Management and Assurance Team. If you have a keen interest in data management, good skills in at least one GIS software package and the ability to manage your time effectively to meet deadlines, consider a move to Ordnance Survey.

As Great Britain's national mapping authority, we don’t just create maps. We use cutting edge technology to collect, maintain and distribute the most accurate and up-to-date geographic information that government, business and the public alike rely on. And, right now, we’re looking for a Technical Specialist – Data Management and Assurance, to help us continue to build upon our proud heritage as a World Class supplier of geographic information.

Your focus here will be on providing specialist support to production and processes to ensure the delivery. That means, day-to-day, you’ll run pre-existing test scripts, or help to develop new ones, for various products. This may involve using GIS software e.g. ArcGIS/ MapInfo/ StruMap, or querying Oracle/Netezza databases using SQL.

A great chance to develop your technical knowledge and help influence our product specifications, you’ll need good knowledge of SQL and/or PL/SQL and/or Python. We’ll also be looking for a basic understanding of data test principles and procedures. A confident communicator and decision maker, you enjoy collaborating with and partnering others as part of a team. And, of course, you believe in providing a quality service at all times. In return, you’ll receive full training and support and can expect to develop your career by building relationships with other teams within our Products and Innovation Group.

Essential Skills:

  • Good skills in at least one GIS software package.
  • Good knowledge of one of these - SQL, PL/SQL, Python
  • Basic knowledge of data test principles and procedures

Salary: £22,216 - £26,487 plus excellent benefits
Closing Date: 9 April 2014

Date March 31, 2014

New version released: Remote Sensing with IDRISI: A Beginner's Guide


New version released: Remote Sensing with IDRISI: A Beginner Clark Labs have announced the recent publication of a new version of Remote Sensing with IDRISI: A Beginner's Guide, authored by Timothy Warner and David J. Campagna and updated for IDRISI Selva.

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. An overview and methodology discussion is also provided for each of the topic areas.

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. It also includes sample data from a number of locations around the globe, covering a variety of natural and human-modified environments.

The new text is currently available from Geocarto International Centre and Clark Labs.

Date March 28, 2014
More information

OS Locate app launched

Mobile UK Mapping Services Raw Data

OS Locate app launched The Ordnance Survey have just launched an app that replicates the function of a compass. OK, so there are loads of apps out there that will give you your position and display a compass. Why should i download this one?

Well, this one is very tactile which is important to many users. It is easy to use and looks very clean. A neat feature is the rotating bezel which allows you to replicate taking a bearing just as you would with a good old Silva compass. Another neat function is that the app ties into the OS MapStore allowing you to have a 1:50k or 1:25k map below the compass. This again replicates what you would do with a paper map and compass.

Top marks OS, well perhaps when you offer the app for Android as well (i am sure this is in the pipeline).

Note: the app is good, but if you are heading into the hills take a paper map and compass. Tech is no substitute.

Date March 28, 2014

FOSS4G 2014 Keynote speaker announced

GIS World

FOSS4G 2014 Keynote speaker announced The FOSS4G 2014 team are pleased to announce that Mike Bostock will be featured as the opening keynote speaker for FOSS4G 2014.

Bostock designs interactive graphics for The New York Times. He is also
the author of D3.js , a popular open-source library for visualizing data using web standards, and TopoJSON , an extension to GeoJSON that encodes topology.

D3.js is one of the most exciting visualization technologies to appear
recently, and we're very excited to have Mike at FOSS4G. You can see
some of his work at his website and besure to check out his numerous elegant D3.js examples at

Date March 28, 2014

Harm de Blij (1935-2014)

Harm de Blij passed away early this week. He was a tireless advocate for geography and geography education.

De Blij was born in the Netherlands and according to Michigan State University’s Department of Geography he obtained his geography education all over the world. His early education took place in Europe, while his undergraduate education was completed in Africa and his Ph.D. work was done in the United States at Northwestern University. He also has honorary degrees at several American universities for his work. Throughout his career De Blij has published over 30 books and more than 100 articles.

Of his more than 30 book publications, De Blij is most well known for his books Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts and Why Geography Matters.

Date March 27, 2014
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