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Updated JISC-OS Licence.... why this matters to UK academics
I have on several occasions blogged about the OS-JISC licence including the 2009 version (including my reference to smoking!)...

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain5 Update
The new JISC-OS Licence Agreement is out and, in terms of summary, one of the great bits of news from my perspective is the licencing of OS Terrain 5, a new product I blogged about earlier. Should be available in the Digimap store forthwith!

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

207mph bike
Totally crazy.... it beat the Ferrari!!

posted on: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Ten truths for a PhD student.....
Fun article by Tara Brabazon - and if you haven't seen her speak then she's great value - well worth pondering upon for all potential and future PhD students, although don't necessarily take everything to heart as people and subjects vary across the academic world. Good advice though!

posted on: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Have a mapping Christmas......
A nice gift guide selection of cartography books from Jonathan Crowe.....

posted on: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Life isn't fair....
These did the rounds quite a while back from the looks of things, but Bill Gates' 11 rules of life are still pretty pertinent: 1....

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

1960s Earth Revealed
A totally wonderful article on National Geographic about the recovery of "lost" satellite images of the Earth from the early 1960s when satellite imaging was in its infancy. To quote: "Earth scientists David Gallaher and Garrett Campbell liberated the data from a National Climatic Data Center archive in North Carolina, uncovering 25 boxes of magnetic tapes and photographic film from three Nimbus weather satellites launched in the 1960s and 1970s." The examples in the article are brilliant including the ecological disaster that is the shrinking of the Aral Sea. Total treasure trove for image hunters!! (and thanks to the person who sent me the link!)

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Digimap offers file geodatabase
Digimap is now supporting the file geodatabase format for downloading Mastermap. Whilst GML is a good standard for data transfer, Digimap's users by an large use ArcGIS and QGIS and by offering it this way it should make life much easier for using Mastermap. Note that the file geodatabase has long been touted as the successor to the shapefile, but Esri dragged it's heels over publishing the api although it now works on Windows, Linux and Mac (32/64bit) so hopefully this will help push things along a little more.

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

gvSIG MOOC: get your head into open source!
This gvSIG online training course is shortly to run - those wanting to dip their toe in the waters of open source GIS might find it useful.

posted on: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

SRTM Update
It's been a little while since I hoofed over to the SRTM webpage to take a look at what's going on......

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Drone Wars
The drone wars - how cool is this?! Get me a pod racer - NOW!

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

FREE EPRINT: Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness
For the first 50 people, get your free eprint of Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Barr, L., Boston, C., Clark, C.D., Ely, R., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S., Gosselin, L., Hattesrand, C., Hogan, K., Hughes, A., Livingstone, S.J., Lovell, H., McHenry, M., Munoz, Y., Pelicier13, X., Pellitero, R., Robb, C., Robertson, S., Ruther, D., Spagnolo, M., Standell, M., Stokes, C., Storrar, R., Tate, N., Wooldridge, K. Journal of Maps

posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Rosetta Closes In
Hopefully you'll have seen from all the news coverage that the Rosetta Missions is closing in on its target the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko....

posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal…The role of reviewers
A short piece on the Role of Reviewers over at Taylor and Francis Editor Resources

posted on: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness
Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Barr, L., Boston, C., Clark, C.D., Ely, R., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S., Gosselin, L....

posted on: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

OPEN ACCESS: Multiresolution segmentation to automatically delimit landforms in DEMs: tests using synthetic drumlins
Eisank, C., Smith, M.J. and Hillier, J. (2014) Geomorphology Mapping or “delimiting” landforms is one of geomorphology's primary tools....

posted on: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

UAV Update
Thought I'd provide a brief update on some UAVs I was observing during some collaborative work with Wagengingen....

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Under the Raedar
Really nice article from Alasdair - I can only echo his comments. QGIS has reached a nice level of maturity and usability and is now well worth the investment of time. I would add a couple of my own points to this: 1. Portability: just copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick. It runs from there happily 2. Speed: for such a large application it is relatively fast. I have been working on a project with colleagues at Wageningen (Saskia Keesstra and Niels Anders) involving some spatial processing using Python - this utilises shapefiles for data storage and QGIS is wonderfully rapid for loading, symbolising and querying data.

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Open GIS Classes
Nice link to a range of open GIS classes at the Open Source GIS Blog. Worth a look...

posted on: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Orfeo Toolbox
Nice piece on the Orfeo Toolbox

posted on: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

WorldView 3 Up and Away
Yup, launched and shortly ready to rock-n-roll with 31cm imagery. Nice article by Jonathon Amos at the BBC

posted on: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Dive into Python
Good catch on Dive into Python over at GoGeo

posted on: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Crowd georeferencing at the British Library
A really nice georeferencing project over at the British Library that has been going on since 2011!! Scanned by Microsoft, the >3000 maps are available for the public to georeference so they can be overlaid with modern mapping. Thoroughly worthwhile project and a slick interface - watch the 57s video, log in, get going!

posted on: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

What is Paolozzi?
Quick link to a press release for a project I'm involved in..... should be very interesting to laser scan a studio. And its as much about the use of technology, as innovative ways of engaging wider audiences. There is a very strong art history link, but linking to education and engagement. Lots of scope for some creative work!!!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Chugiak Released
Just a brief note that QGIS Chugiak has been released. For those that haven't used QGIS recently it is highly capable and becoming increasingly user friendly. Well well well worth further exploration. Also worth noting that by default it is a portable app - simply copy the QGIS folder on to your USB stick and run it directly from there! How cool is that?!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Britain' Mapmakers
Nice blog on Major General William Roy over at the OS - and a really great link to a free e-book on Map-makers to Britain since 1791.

posted on: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

A-Level Students Forget Knowledge
"New students have forgotten bulk of A-level knowledge" reports The Times Higher Ed... well no real surprise there given what we already know about the forgetting curve. In fact its a bland study that has been repeated over and over - Eric Mazur's work has shown that memorisation of facts is dangerous when you need to understand concepts

posted on: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Intro to spatial visualisation in R
Nice catch over at GoGeo

posted on: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Best email of the day.....
Best email of the year actually... after some (slightly) slow customer service from Fast Lane couriers, they sorted my problem (well done!) and end by saying: We hope we have resolved this matter to your satisfaction, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. Heroic regards! Dan McGeoghan Fast Lane Support Top one Dan - heroic email!!

posted on: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Skybox Sold
As Ive noted before, micro satellites are a hot topic. So perhaps its no surprise that Google have snapped up Skybox. Lots going on in the spatial data arena at the moment....

posted on: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Using OSM Data in QGIS
A nice practical guide to using OSM data in QGIS from download, to conversion, to styling

posted on: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

How to present your data
Two brilliantly simple animated slide decks at Dark Horse Analytics - the first on presenting tabular data and the second on presenting graphical data. I regularly simplify my graphics and tables - many templates overstyle their design so simplifying is good. It also makes your design stand out from the rest because its different. These are REALLY well worth a look.

posted on: Sat, 07 Jun 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

The things streetview photographs....
Gotta admit, its classy.....

posted on: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

BBC hexacopter pizazz
Some great videography from the BBC

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Android Mindmapping
I'm a big fan of mind mapping for blatting out ideas (using on a piece of paper!) and then structuring them in to an editable document....

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Brancaster Staithe Gigapan
A vista of the coastline at Brancaster Staithe looking north across Scolt Head Island..... the students we took on fieldwork won't recognise this view as there is no rain.....

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Earth Gigapan
How much fun is this?!

posted on: Fri, 23 May 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Magnetic Mapping
Interesting article on interior mapping over at the NY Times.... the Finnish Company Indoor Atlas is using changes in the magnetic field of a building interior to location your position (to within ~2m). Interior is definitely the new frontier and paves the way for you to optimise your route through Tesco - traveling salesman all over again!

posted on: Thu, 22 May 2014 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey
HEPI published their 2014 Student Academic Experience Survey today with a brief summary over at the THES....

posted on: Wed, 21 May 2014 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

This drone's a'smokin!
What a great story!!

posted on: Wed, 21 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry