Unmanned Aerial Systems – Free Event This Thursday

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Edinburgh by Drone - GeoGeo

Edinburgh by Drone – GeoGeo

Last call for our Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Focus event on Thursday!

Bookings have been strong and we’re expecting a great turn out so don’t leave it too late if you would like to join us. You must book online before you attend – it’s free for AGI members and only £12 for non-members.

We’ll be welcoming you from 3.30pm on the day, with a bit of time to have a look at the drones before we kick off with our great speaker line-up at 4pm:

  • Craig Jump, Sky View Video
  • Paul Georgie, GeoGeo
  • Alasdair Mac Arthur, University of Edinburgh, Geosciences
  • Paddy Davies, Horizon AP
  • Pauline Miller, James Hutton Institute

Book online now.

In the meantime, here is a preview from GeoGeo. See you Thursday.

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UAV Focus Event 30 July – Free for AGI Members

July 14, 2015 Leave a comment

800px-Parrot_Bebop_Drone_(Blue)Our next AGI Scotland Focus event is on 30 July at Edinburgh College of Art, starting at 3.30pm.

The rise of drones in both commercial and hobby use has increased exponentially over the last few years providing GI professionals and non-professionals with a bewildering range of solutions to choose from, both in terms of hardware and software and importantly, ethically and legally. The presentations at the event will showcase case studies of real world drone use in commercial and academic sectors highlighting the opportunities, issues and future directions that the use of drones in the GI sector may raise. The seminar will be followed by informal drinks (‘geobeers’) to encourage further networking and discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Craig Jump, Sky View Video
  • Paul Georgie, GeoGeo
  • Alasdair Mac Arthur, University of Edinburgh, Geosciences
  • Paddy Davies, Horizon AP
  • Pauline Miller, James Hutton Institute

There will also be an opportunity to look at some drones and also 3D printing in the ECA Maker Lab.

Focus events are short session to encourage debate on a specific issue that’s of interest to members  – and designed to fit in with those who find it more difficult to get out of the office. But they are also an opportunity for a wider audience – so please encourage any contacts you know who might be interested to come along. Numbers are limited – booking is free for AGI Members and £12 for non-members (all funds support the work of the AGI).

Register now to secure your place

This event is being hosted by AGI Scotland and supported by Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.

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EEO-AGI(S) Seminar: “The Grandest Views: Re-discovering the Power of Physical Relief Models

May 15, 2015 Leave a comment

This season’s closing EEO-AGI(S) seminar, organised by the University of Edinburgh and kindly co-sponsored by the AGI, will be given by Dr. Gary Priestnall of the University of Nottingham.

The seminar will take place next Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm. Please note the change of *day* and *time*. The venue as always however is the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

See you there!

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Public acceptance for UAVs ?

April 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Earth Observation and Spatial Analysis:

A measure of cultural acceptance in Britain is when issues are discussed as part of the storyline in the long-running BBC Radio 4 ‘soap opera’ The Archers.  So it follows that camera-carrying UAVs (or drones as they were referred to in the programme) have definitely become mainstream when they made an appearance on the 7th April episode.

Farmer Charlie Thomas shows Adam Macy drone footage of his estate and was impressed by the quality of the images for assessing areas which had been flooded. Talking to Kate Madikane, Adam explained that it was “not that sort of drone, not armed with missiles” and described using your eyes as “the old fashioned way”.  Kate replied that they were using drones in the Krueger National Park in South Africa to stop poaching but “now they are banned, something to do with the aviation authority getting their knickers in a twist”

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Help Map Vulnerable Places

April 7, 2015 Leave a comment

missingmapsAGI Scotland members may be interested in the first Missing Maps event being held in Glasgow this week. We asked organiser Duncan Bain to share some information with us about this new initiative –

“The Missing Maps project helps Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Red Cross by creating maps of vulnerable places, providing a vital resource for their on-the-ground staff as well as local people.

The first Missing Maps event in Glasgow takes place on Thursday 9th April at the Project Cafe on Renfrew Street.

Missing Maps mapathons are open to everyone. You can come and learn how to create maps and contribute to a global mapping project, OpenStreetMap. All you need is a laptop, some spare time and enthusiasm, and you can take part in humanitarian work from Glasgow.

At our first Missing Maps event in Glasgow people will be on hand to help you learn how to map at your own pace. If you want to know more about how you can prepare for a mapathon, this guide gives some tips.

We are being generously hosted by The Project Cafe, an amazing community space and social enterprise cafe.

We have created a facebook page for the event, so please, invite your friends and we look forward to meeting you at the first of what we hope are many Missing Maps Glasgow events ”

You can sign up to attend the event online.

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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar Review : Prof. Chris Dibben : 27th Feb

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Earth Observation and Spatial Analysis:

Death registers, historic IQ measures, marriage certificates –mapping our pasts and reconstructing our lifecourses.

Professor Chris Dibben of our own School of GeoSciences here in Edinburgh, presented on the ambitious project ‘Digitising Scotland’. He explained that the project’s aim is to digitally capture key life events from birth, marriage and death certificates, along with some IQ test records from the Scottish population. These key life moments will be joined together to construct lifecourses and then, to go further, linked across the generations e.g. connecting the lifecourses of children to their parents, creating intergenerational data sets. The project aims to build on previous classic studies such as the Dutch famine, the Overkalix study and especially the Scotland, Lothian Birth Cohorts 1921/1936 studies.

Prof. Dibben explained that the project is in the early stages and the talk would necessarily focus on the methodologies being used. He outlined some of the challenges to…

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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar: “Remote Sensing of forest fires (focus on Mediterranean ecosystems)”

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar, organised by the University of Edinburgh and kindly co-sponsored by the AGI, will be given by Dr. Ioannis Gitas, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The seminar will take place this Friday 13th March 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.

See you there!

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