Feb 292012
 

We are delighted to announce our final programme for the Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage Domain, Past, Present & Future (#geocult) event which takes place next week, Wednesday 7th March 2012, at the Maughan Library, Kings College London.

A fantastic programme of speakers will explore the use of geospatial data and tools in cultural heritage projects with breakout discussions and unconference sessions providing opportunity for networking and further discussion of this exciting area.

We are delighted to announce that our speakers for the day will include:

Humphrey Southall of the University of Portsmouth will talk about OldMaps online, which just launched today at the Locating the Past (#geopast) event in London.

Stuart Dunn from Kings College London, talking about the new Digital Exposures of English Place Names (DEEP) project which is building a gazeteer that tracks the changing nature of place names.

Chris Fleet of the National Library of Scotland, and co-author of Scotland: Mapping a Nation, will talk about recent developments at the NLS.

Claire Grover of University of Edinburgh will talk about the new Digging Into Data project Trading Consequences which will use data mining techniques to investigate the economic and environment impact of 19th century trading.

Natalie Pollecutt from the Wellcome Library will be talking about their project: Medical Officers of Health (MOH) Reports for London 1848-1972 which is building a free online data set on public health in London.

Michael Charno, Digital Archivist and web developer at the Archaeology Data Service, will talk about Grey Literature and spatial technologies.

Stuart Nicol of the University of Edinburgh will talk about Visualising Urban Geographies, a recent project to create geospatial tools for historians.

Jamie McLauglin from the University of Sheffield will talk about Locating Londons Past, a website which allows you to search digital resources on early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results.

Stuart Macdonald of University of Edinburgh will talk about AddressingHistory, a website and crowdsourcing project to geospatially reference historical post office directory data.

Sam Griffiths of University College London, will talk about “Classifying historical business directory data: issues of translation between geographical and ethnographic contributions to a community PPGIS (Public Participation GIS) project”.

Kate Jones of the University of Portsmouth will talk about Stepping Into Time, a project to bring World War Two bomb damage maps into the real world by using web and mobile mapping technology.

We will also be welcoming Rebekkah Abraham and Michael Daley from We Are What We Do to talk about HistoryPin, a website and mobile app which enables you to browse and add historical images to a map of the world, exploring the past through georeferenced photographs.

The detailed programme for the day can be found on our Eventbrite page where you can also book your free place at this event. Bookings close on Friday 2nd March 2012 so book soon!

We will also be live blogging, tweeting and recording this event so do also keep an eye on the blog here, the #geocult hashtag, and on our Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage Domain – Past, Present & Future page where you will be able to access materials after the event.

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 February 29, 2012  Posted by at 5:45 pm Events Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Programme Now Available for Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage Domain – Past, Present & Future
Feb 212012
 

We are very excited to announce that bookings are now open for the next JISC GECO workshop!

“Geospatial” in the  Cultural Heritage domain, past, present and future (#geocult) , taking place on Wednesday 7th March 2012 in London,  will be an opportunity to explore how digitised cultural heritage content can be exploited through geographical approaches and the types of tools and techniques that can be used with geo-referenced/geotagged content.

Issues we are keen to discuss include selection of maps/materials, issues of accuracy and precision, staff and technical requirements, sustainability, licensing.

The event will take place at Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, part of Kings College London. We are most grateful to the lovely people at the KCL Centre for e-Research for securing us this super location.

Library Entrance by Flickr User maccath / Katy Ereira

Library Entrance by Flickr User maccath / Katy Ereira

We are currently confirming the last few speakers and titles for talks so will post something here on the blog once the programme is finalised.

We already have a great draft schedule and some fantastic speakers confirmed so this promises to be a fascinating and stimulating day of talks and breakout sessions.

As we are sharing details of this event at pretty short notice we would be particularly grateful if you could book your place as soon as possible and please do tell your colleagues and friends who may be interested!

Book your free place now via our Eventbrite page:  http://geocult.eventbrite.com/

If you would like to propose any additional talks or ask any questions about the event please email the JISC GECO team via:  edina@ed.ac.uk.


 February 21, 2012  Posted by at 4:27 pm Events, Misc. Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Upcoming Event: “Geospatial” in the Cultural Heritage domain, past, present and future
Oct 192011
 

A few weeks ago we gave you a heads up that an event, organised by the IGIBS and NatureLocator projects, and focusing on how environmental research data can be made interoperable across sectors will take place on Friday 11th November 2011 at the Welsh Government Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff.

We are delighted to let you know that this event now has a title “Collaborative by Nature: Interoperable Geospatial Approaches to the Environment“, a hashtag: #gecoenv, and bookings are open here: http://gecoenv.eventbrite.com/

A broad range of speakers from the academic, public and private sectors will be taking part and we expect the event to generate some very interesting discussion and a particular opportunity to gain some insight into the developing plans for how the devolved government of Wales is rolling out INSPIRE.

There will be an opportunity to see the first demonstration of IGIBS’ innovative work to enable UK access management technology to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services. In addition to innovative technical work the IGIBS team have been doing some great work on researchers’ user requirements and their recent post on the relationship between INSPIRE and Universities is well worth a read, particularly if you were following related discussions at the INSPIRE for Social Sciences event earlier this month.

At the Collaborative by Nature event we will also be hearing from the NatureLocator team about the success of their LeafWatch phone application which has been tracking Leaf Minor Moth damage to Horsechestnut trees across the UK this summer. If you have been following this project you will also be interested to know that they have a shiny new Conker Tree Science LeafWatch website where you can take part in the process of validating LeafWatch data.

As usual we will be blogging and tweeting from the Collaborative by Nature event so if you are not able tot make it along in person do keep an eye on the blog and our @jiscgeco tweets on the day.

 October 19, 2011  Posted by at 12:08 pm 15/10 Projects, Events Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Upcoming Event: Collaborative by Nature
Sep 292011
 

We have four fantastic – and free! – events coming up in the next couple of months – we’ll be telling you more about these in individual posts but we wanted to let you put these in your diary, book your place, and get involved!

First up is the INSPIRE for Social Sciences workshop at the UK Data Archive on Friday 7th October 2011 in Essex led by the U.Geo project, which has been looking at the geospatial potential of UKDA survey data.  The workshop focuses on what the European INSPIRE directive, particularly Annex III (which addresses spatial data sets),  means for social science research, funders and for the national data strategy. This will be a real opportunity to learn about the practical requirements and opportunities for research and collaboration associated with INSPIRE and highlights will include contributions from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Swedish National Data Service, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research and from GECO’s very own James Reid.

You can see the full programme on the UKDA website and the booking form is here.  If you want to find out a bit more about INSPIRE in general the EDINA’s The INSPIRE Directive – A Brief Overview [pdf] is a good place to start and there is a huge amount of information on the official INSPIRE Directive website.

Image of a Chimney Stack

"Chimney Stack" by Flickr user gerry.scappaticci

Next up, on Thursday 13th October 2011, will be the Green Energy Tech Event (#e3vis), arranged by the STEEV project, which will take place at the very new Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change. The event focuses on tools, techniques and current research in the area of green energy technology, carbon emissions and the built environment. It promises to be a fascinating event with highlights including talks on modelling and mapping energy efficiency data, modelling energy use data for social housing landlords, heat mapping technologies and usage, emissions assessment tools, and listed buildings and energy efficiency.

View the full programme and book your place here and find out more about the Spatio Temporal Energy Efficiency Visualisation tool being created by the project in this contextual post by researcher Simon Lannon,  of the Welsh School of Architecture.

Image of DaffodilsOur next event, just being finalised, is a joint NatureLocator & IGIBS Event ( final title TBC but the hashtag will be #gecoenv) will take place on Friday 11th November 2011 at the Welsh Assembly Government buildings in Cardiff. The event will be focusing on the use and sharing of environmental data, particularly INSPIRE compliant data, and will be of particular relevance for Welsh environment researchers, policy makers, and those in the Welsh Geospatial Information (GI) community. The programme and event booking form will be live shortly (we’ll keep you posted) but email edina@ed.ac.uk if you would like to register your interest or book your place right away.

Finally JISC have just announced the date for the JISC Geospatial Product Show & Tell which will take place on Monday 28th November 2011 in London at Ravensborough College in London (next to the Millennium Dome). Anyone with an @ed.ac.uk email address is welcome along (and of course any JISC Geo project partners who may have an unexpected email address!). A full announcement will follow but bookings are already open here.

We hope you can join us for all/some/one of these events but we will be blogging and tweeting at all of them so if you are not able to make it along in person do keep an eye on this website for live notes, write-ups, slides etc.

As you can see the JISC Geo projects are all starting to roll out fantastic tools, data and findings hence the large number of events this autumn however we will be running further events (currently in the planning stages) to showcase other areas of geo work later this year and/or in early 2012 so do look out for announcements about those as they’re finalised.

 September 29, 2011  Posted by at 11:00 am Events, Misc. Tagged with: , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Events Coming Up – INSPIRE, the Welsh Environment, Green Energy Tech and the JISC Geospatial Product Show & Tell!
Aug 122011
 

Following our Open Source Geo & Health event this week (look out for a further blog post and report on that) JISC GECO are proud to be supporting two events on using open mapping tools which take place in Glasgow later this month:

The DevCSI / GECO Open Mapping Workshop (Thursday 25th August 2011, Electron Club, CCA, Glasgow) is a fantastic opportunity to spend a day finding out more about using open mapping and open data. There will be introductory sessions on editing and reusing OpenStreetMap, getting started with PostGIS geographic database, creating interactive maps on the web with OpenLayers and using map styling tools. There will also be hands on support for your problems, questions or ideas. More information is on the DevSci page for the event and you can book your place here.  If you can bring a laptop you should be able to try out all of the techniques on the day (and if you can install Java that would also be helpful).

State of the Map Scotland 2011 will see the Scottish OpenStreetMap community meet to talk, workshop and hack for two days. The event takes place at the Electron Club at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August and you can find more on the #sotmscot wiki page and you can book your place here.

Both of these events are free to attend so we would encourage you to sign up early to ensure your place.

To find out about future GECO related events you should keep an eye on our new events page and you can also now subscribe to our events calendar [XML | iCAL | HTML]

 August 12, 2011  Posted by at 12:14 pm Events Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Two Upcoming Open Mapping Events in August