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EEO/AGI(S) Seminar: “The behavome: the next frontier in environmental exposure modelling?” – Prof Clive Sabel, Univ. of Bristol

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Clive Sabel, Chair in Quantitative Geography, University of Bristol.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 14th Nov 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.

Seeing you all at 4.30.

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EEO-AGI(S) Seminar: “Spectroscopic remote sensing of vegetation”, Prof. Phil Townsend, of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, USA

October 29, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415“Spectroscopic remote sensing of vegetation reveals much about plant chemistry, physiology, and ecosystems… and even more about what we don’t know!”

This week’s special extra EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Phil Townsend, of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, USA.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 31st Oct 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.

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EEO/AGI Seminar: Dr. Anne Kemp – Intelligent decisions, intelligent infrastructure……the contribution of Geospatial and BIM

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Dr. Anne Kemp, Atkins Fellow and Director of BIM Strategy and Development, and also Chair, AGI UK.

The seminar will take place TOMORROW, 10th Oct, 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 all at 4.30.

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EEO/AGI Seminar: ‘Mapping the World’s forests, long ways and short ways’

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s 2014-15 opening EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Edinburgh’s own Prof. Iain Woodhouse.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 26th Sep 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 all at 4.30.

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AGI-EEO Seminar Series 2014-2015 – get the dates in your diary!

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415Once again, AGI Scotland are sponsoring the Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) team for another programme of exciting talks; titles and dates listed at the end of this post – further details will be passed on as we receive them.

The first talk is a week today – Fri 26th Sept – with Edinburgh University’s very own Prof. Ian Woodhouse.

http://www.eeo.ed.ac.uk/seminars/programme.html

This year we continue to look at the ever-changing, diverse, Geospatial landscape. We look at relatively new initiatives such as BIM and the use of GIS and EO across new domains, industries and areas of research activity, both in historical and future contexts.

Something of interest to everyone we hope!

Seminars are held at 4.30pm in the usual venue – Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Refreshments and nibbles will be available.  Any changes will be advertised on the website nearer the time and also in the posts sent during the week of the relevant seminar.

All talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks from 5.45, open to all and held in the Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ.

See the EEO website for updates, abstracts, Google calendar, and further information:

http://www.eeo.ed.ac.uk/seminars/programme.html

Do make a note of these in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there!

Talks, in date order, are:

Opening Seminar

Friday 26th September 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Iain Woodhouse

University of Edinburgh

Title: Mapping the World’s forests, long ways and short ways

 

Friday 10th October 2014, 4.30pm

Dr. Anne C. Kemp

Director, BIM Strategy and Development, Atkins Global Chair, Assocation for Geographic Information (AGI) UK

Title: Intelligent decisions, intelligent infrastructure …… The contribution of Geospatial and BIM.

 

Friday 14th November 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Clive Sabel

Chair in Quantitative Geography, University of Bristol

Title: To follow – Quantitative Social & Health Geography

 

Friday 5th December 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Mike Worboys

Honorary Professor, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and Professor of Spatial Informatics, School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, University of Greenwich

Title: A fresh look at the object-field dichotomy

 

Friday 16th January 2015, 4.30pm

Prof. Muki Haklay

University College London

Title: VGI and Citizen Science: what we know and what next?

 

Friday 27th February 2015, 4.30pm

Prof. Chris Dibben

Chair in Geography, University of Edinburgh

Title: Death certificates, historic IQ measures, birth certificates – mapping our pasts and reconstructing our lifecourses

 

Friday 13th March 2015, 4.30pm

Dr. Ioannis Gitas

University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Title: Remote Sensing of forest fires (focus on Mediterranean ecosystems)

 

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Mapping the Commonwealth Games

August 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Glasgow Games

Image © A Page

This weekend is the finale of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – 7 years in the planning and 2 fantastic weeks of Glasgow “Welcoming the World”.

Of course, as AGI Members we know that this has involved a great deal of geospatial analysis and support from some really dedicated individuals.

It only seems right that we should share with you again the presentation on the GIS work put in place to support the games from the AGI Scotland Future Cities Event in March. Thanks again to Iain Paton for sharing the story at the event (we’re sure you’re having a busy week!).

Also, check out this great map from ICES and Ordnance Survey celebrating the engineering behind the games.

Have a great weekend and if you’re at the games – enjoy!

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AGI, RSGS introduce the next generation to GI

April 28, 2014 Leave a comment

AGIAs part of an ongoing initiative to forge links between education and industry, last month’s AGI ‘Big 5’ event in Glasgow was attended by 20 secondary school pupils from Douglas Academy in Milngavie.

The school group was invited to the event as part of a collaboration between AGI Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society to develop links between education and industry.

AGI volunteers Abigail Page and Val Marlowe, along with RSGS Education Convenor Erica Caldwell and AGI/RSGS Vice Chair Bruce Gittings, organised the day’s programme with the generous cooperation of several industry and academic professionals. We aimed to give the Higher and Advanced Higher geography pupils an overview of the breadth of applications for geographic information, the prospects for employment in this flourishing sector, and the exciting developments within GI as a vital component of initiatives such as the Future Cities protocol.

iainstuartMeeting figures from academia and industry provided a valuable opportunity for young people to learn more about the scope in geographic information as a career as well as a unique opportunity to speak with RSGS President and TV personality Iain Stewart.

Erica Caldwell said “This was a particularly innovative event – it opened the eyes of young
geographers to new aspects and applications of Geography which could link to an exciting range of possible careers.”

While conference delegates attended the morning presentations, the Higher and Advanced Higher Geography pupils made their way to the University of Glasgow. They were welcomed to the University Library’s map collection by John Moore, College Librarian and an expert on early Scottish maps and mapmaking.

Along with teachers David Rowlands and Laura Johnston, the school group were given a presentation on historical mapping – with a focus on the Glasgow area relevant to their school projects – through to relatively modern examples of cartography and present day online resources.

AGI and RSGS members welcomed the group to the magnificent surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers, where Bruce Gittings introduced the current GI industry and stressed its importance as a fast growing employment sector for graduate geographers. The pupils were encouraged to share their ideas for further study and career aspirations, and asked to consider how GI could play a part in these as the afternoon progressed.

A series of short talks were given by commercial organisations and sponsors (ESRI UK, Ordnance Survey, Landmark UK, and thinkWhere) describing and demonstrating how maps and data are currently used by the GI industry in a wide range of applications from habitat management to organising disaster relief operations. We’re grateful to all of the exhibitors and sponsors who were happy to answer many questions from the pupils. Particular thanks are due to Ian Holt from Ordnance Survey who prepared a comprehensive 20 minute talk complete with slides and videos on very short notice, looking at the public perception of mapping, and the use of spatial data products from OS Open Data to open source and crowd sourced applications such as the OSM mapping of Haiti and Map Kibera project.

The highlight of the day for the pupils had to be a personal presentation by Professor Iain Stewart, who gave a wide-ranging and interactive talk – finding out the pupils’ interests, encouraging them in their study of geography, making the links with future career prospects, and conveying his fascination with the subject and passion for conveying that knowledge to non-expert audiences.

Questions and answers covered topics from the geological development of the local area, the provenance of the marble surrounding us in the City Chambers, the best place on earth to film, and just how you jump into the Victoria Falls!

Following the talk Professor Stewart chatted informally with pupils and teachers, and was happy to feature in a number of selfies taken by the pupils. Shortly afterwards the students joined the 170 conference delegates to hear Professor Stewart’s closing presentation where he emphasised the importance of understanding the past lives of cities in the development of future cities.

Speaking afterwards, Iain said “This is exactly what RSGS should be doing – mapping out the future for young geographers”

We were delighted at the success of the visit, and the unanimously positive feedback from all involved.

Principal Teacher of Geography David Rowlands said “…the pupils (and staff!) had a great time – both at the university and at the conference – and some pupils have even said that they’d like a job working with GIS now!”

We’d like to thank everyone who generously contributed their time and expertise to make the day inspiring and memorable for the pupils. Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries and ideas for future events.

 

 

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