Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics

The Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London is looking to appoint a Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics (at the grade of either Lecture A or B). The lecturer position is a permanent appointment subject to successful completion of probation (equivalent of a tenure-track position in the US).

Salary: Grade 7 (Lecturer A) which is £35,343 rising to £40,460 per annum inclusive of £3,066 London Allowance per annum or Grade 8 (Lecturer B) which is £41,577 rising to £49,020 per annum inclusive of £3,066 London Allowance per annum. The appointed lecturer will be expected to contribute to teaching and researching in the streams of GIS and big data analytics. He/she will join one of the department’s research clusters, Social and Spatial Inequalities or Environment and Sustainability and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic administrative roles.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight (British Summer Time) on Thursday 25 June 2015. Further details can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/pp9d8fv

Lecturer in Quantitative Geography

College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK
Salary Grade 8 – £37,394 to £45,954 per annum, Permanent contract

At Leicester we’re going places. Ranked in the top 20 universities in Britain our aim is to climb further. A commitment to high quality research and teaching fused with an inclusive academic culture is our hallmark and led the Times Higher Education to describe us as “elite without being elitist”. The Department of Geography is seeking to appoint a future research leader in Quantitative Human Geography. The successful candidate will contribute to Human Geography research in one of the following areas of expertise in the department: population/migration geography, urban geography, development geography and/or environmental geography. They will have particular skills in statistics, GIS, data visualization, geocomputation, big data, geolocation, and/or the interface between quantitative and qualitative methods. An interest in creative and critical quantitative methods would be value added.

For more information, see SEN00605 Job Description.


23rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems
November 3-6, 2015 — Seattle, Washington, USA

Call for Research, Industrial, Systems, Demonstration and Vision papers

Abstract Submission: 16 June 2015 (midnight PDT)
Paper Submission: 23 June 2015 (midnight PDT)
Acceptance Notification: 25 August 2015

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2015 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015) is the twenty-third event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015.

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Call for participation in Wisconsin Historic Landscape Project

Are you interested in the landscape and vegetation of Wisconsin prior to European settlement? Do you need access to historic Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data? Are you curious about historic applications of Geographic Information Systems? Would historic data and maps assist you with planning or implementing land management practices?

If so, register to attend a community forum to discuss the Wisconsin Historic Landscape database.

Your participation will help improve our understanding of the needs, products, and usability needed to facilitate further use of this database. All forums are free and open to the public.

More information and forum registration: http://www.sco.wisc.edu/glo/

Printable version of flyer: http://www.sco.wisc.edu/glo/dist/img/flyer_large.pdf

Project Background

The Wisconsin Historic Landscape database was developed by the UW-Madison Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology Lab (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/landscape/) from the notes of General Land Office (GLO) surveyors. From the 1830s to the 1860s, government surveyors walked the land that would become the State of Wisconsin, systematically establishing survey markers and documenting “witness” or bearing trees that would help identify boundaries. They recorded nearly a half million trees across the state – and indicated the species, size and distance from the survey marker.

With the assistance of team members, David Mladenoff – Director of the Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology Lab — computerized all of the tree data and the notes recorded within these notebooks (http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2009/08/insert.pdf). The data have also been shared so that other types of maps could be created.

The goal of the Wisconsin Historic Landscape Community Forum Project is to gain a better understanding of the user community and identify users’ needs, so that the database can be made more accessible and useful to interested citizens, community organizations, individual landowners, government agencies, land information professionals, educators, and others.

The project is funded by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment (http://provost.wisc.edu/baldwin.htm), a competitive grant program designed to foster public engagement and advance the Wisconsin Idea (http://wisconsinidea.wisc.edu/). Project partners are the UW-Madison Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology Lab, the State Cartographer’s Office, and UW Digital Collections Center.

If you have questions please see the project contact page at http://www.sco.wisc.edu/glo/contact.html

Position Announcement – Medical/Health Geography (with GIS) University of Toledo

Medical/Health Geography (with GIS)

The Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) position in medical/health geography. Start date is August, 2015 (with option of January 2016). This faculty member will be expected to contribute to the BA Geography, MA Geography and PhD Spatially Integrated Social Sciences programs, and to actively collaborate with colleagues across disciplines. The research specialty and teaching focus will be medical/health geography with special interests in spatial aspects of environmental issues, preferably with a focus on water, including public health, disease and contaminants. Evidence of ability to secure external research grant funding is expected. Experience and ability to teach courses in geographic information sciences, quantitative methods, and medical/health geography topics is required. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required; ABD candidates a with defense date before January 1, 2016, are welcome to apply.

The department currently has nine full-time faculty members and approximately 50 undergraduate majors and graduate students. The University of Toledo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. Applications must be submitted at https://jobs.utoledo.edu and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu or if necessary, letters may be sent by mail to Dr. Patrick Lawrence, Chair, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, MS 140, 2801 Bancroft Street, Toledo, Ohio 43606. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Patrick Lawrence, patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu.

Link: Job Advertisement – Medical/Health Geography (with GIS)

Call for GISS Board Nominations 2015-2016

The GISS Specialty Group is seeking nominations to fill the following roles. Full descriptions of each role can be found in the GISS Constitution.

Please send nominations (self or otherwise) to daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu by the start of the GISS Business Meeting on Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM in Columbus H, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level. Voting for new officers will take place at the Business Meeting. (Drink tickets for the GISS Reception will also be handed out at the Business meeting)

1. Vice Chairperson (Faculty only)

The Vice Chairperson will be elected for a two-year term. After the first
year, he or she shall become and assume the duties of the chairperson.
The vice chair-person shall assume all the duties and responsibilities
of the chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.

2. Academic Director (Faculty only)

The Academic Director will be elected for a two-year term and may
serve more than one term. The Academic Director will organize and execute the Annual Honors Competition for Student Papers. These responsibilities include preparing and disseminating a call for papers, chairing the judging committee for submitted written papers and presentations at the AAG Annual Meeting, organizing the delivery of awards (checks) from the AAG to the student winners, and being present at the AAG Annual Meeting Awards Banquet to present the award to the winning students.

3. Student Director (Student only).

The Student Director will be elected for a one-year term and may
serve more than one term. The Student Director will participate in the selection of the the Annual Honors Competition for Student Paper finalists and winners.

GISS Specialty Group Reception – Thurs 7:30PM, 4/23/2015

The GISS Specialty Group Reception will be held Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level.

Of note at this event will be a the presentation of the 2015 Aangeenbrug Award to Dr. Timothy Nyerges of the University of Washington.

This event will immediately follow the CyberGIS Symposium: Transactions In GIS Plenary  (3:20 – 5:00PM) and the Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience  (5:20 – 7:00PM)  in the same room .

Hors d’oeuvre and drinks will be provided. Tickets for drinks can be obtained by attending the Transactions In GIS Plenary, the Tobler Lecture by Libby Wentz, or the GISS Business Meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM in Columbus H, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level.

Wentz to Present Tobler Lecture

Professor Elizabeth Wentz of Arizona State University has been selected to give the 2015 Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience. Libby will deliver her lecture on Thursday evening – Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

Nyerges wins Aangeenbrug Award

Professor Timothy Nyerges of the University of Washington has been awarded the 2015 Aangeenbrug Award. This award recognizes senior scholars for sustained and effective research contributions in geographic information science and/or systems. Tim will be honored at the GISS Reception on Thursday evening – Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

The NEW AAG-GISS Specialty Group Website

Welcome to the NEW AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group website. The purpose of this website is to enable the easy and sustained dissemination of GISS informational and business items to the AAG community.

The former site, hosted by Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou of San Diego State University has served as the community well for many years. On behalf of the entire GIS community, we thank you for your service!