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February 11, 2009

Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge - GISRUK 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge - GISRUK 2009. The purpose of this session is to provide opportunity to GISRUK participants to showcase their innovative case studies of using geospatial mashup technologies in various domains. This challenge is designed to bring together both novices and experts in the field, and to understand how geospatial mashups are applied across the GIS industry and in academic research.

This event provides a platform to present your innovative mashup applications to the wider GI community. Participants are also welcome to use OS OpenSpace in developing the mashup applications. OS OpenSpace allows users to build Web 2.0 applications using Ordnance Survey data.


Method of submission:

To participate in the OS Geospatial Mashup Challenge 2009 interested participants should email to Suchith.Anand@nottingham.ac.uk a short description of the mashup, including following information

# Title of the presentation

# Abstract of the mashup developed (max 500 words)

# Technical requirements

# Screenshots/url of the mashup application

# Short biography of the presenter

Deadline for submission: before 15 March 2009


Format of the session:

The selected participants will have 3 minutes each to present the mashup application developed to the audience and judges. There will be internet connection provided in the presentation room, to enable presenters to show live demos if they choose.

The best geospatial mashup application developed will be selected by a panel of 5 judges who will all be known experts in geospatial science.

The best mashup will be awarded an Ordnance Survey prize of £100 of Amazon vouchers.

More details at http://www.ceg.ncl.ac.uk/gisruk2009/mashup.htm

We look forward to your contributions for this interesting session. Please do encourage your colleagues and students who have developed interesting geospatial mashup applications to participate in this session. Please contact me for any information needed.

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr Suchith Anand
Centre for Geospatial Science
Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
Tel: (0)115 846 8408
url: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cgs/cgs_suchith_anand.html

Temporary Student position U.S. Geological Survey February 2009

Temporary Student position U.S. Geological Survey February 2009

Description of Services: Provide GIS, data base, modeling, and research support for regional and national hydrologic programs.

Level of Knowledge or Skills: Prospective applicants should have knowledge of basic GIS principles, and GIS Software such as ArcMap, Arc/Info, Map Server or ArcIMS. Students with experience in engineering, computer science, hydrology, cartography, html, programming and statistics are encouraged to apply.

Working Conditions: general office setting.
Compensation
Compensation is commensurate with the level of education

Contact
Chris A. Sanocki District GIS Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey
2280 Woodale Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112

email: sanocki@usgs.gov
(763)783-3151 (voice)
(763)783-3103 (fax)
USGS MN District home page http://mn.water.usgs.gov

Graduate School Discovery Magazine available

Below is a direct link to the online version (pdf) of the 2008-09 Graduate School's Discovery Magazine.

http://www.grad.umn.edu/discovery/Discovery0809.pdf

Graduate Student Members of Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

MEMORANDUM

TO: Directors of Graduate Studies and NII Members

FROM: Gail Dubrow, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School

SUBJECT: Identification of Potential Graduate Student Members of Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

I invite your assistance in identifying graduate students with interdisciplinary interests to become members of the Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives (NII), a network of those actively engaged in interdisciplinary research, education, and training whose broad goal is institutional transformation in interdisciplinary inquiry at the University of Minnesota.

As you may know, in fall 2006 The Graduate School created a new Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives (OII) to further the mission of seeding, supporting and sustaining interdisciplinary work at the University, and to identify and foster interdisciplinary initiatives and programs that contribute to the University’s excellence in interdisciplinary graduate education and training. One of the OII’s early tasks was to form a network, comprised of those actively involved in interdisciplinary work, to engage members of the University community in dialogue aimed at identifying and developing institutional policies, programs, and best practices to enhance collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry in the context of the University’s research, education, and training programs.

Toward this end, in spring 2007 we formed the NII to begin to discuss ways in which we can promote interdisciplinary inquiry across the institution. The NII has since produced recommendations for change in five critical areas: education and training, collaborative leadership, community engagement, interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and incentives and rewards. We are now developing strategic action plans to move forward with implementation of these recommendations for institutional transformation.

The initial call for NII members was issued to department chairs/heads, directors and DGSs, and other interested parties. We now solicit graduate student members to continue to shape the NII’s agenda and to help advance the recommendations that have been identified to date. As NII members, graduate students will play an important role in developing system-wide strategies for achieving excellence in interdisciplinary graduate education and training programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The time commitment required by this activity will not be great (one or two meetings per academic year and some consultation via e-mail). Members who volunteer to participate on NII committees can expect to devote more time to particular issues and concerns (one or two small group meetings per semester, in addition to one or two NII meetings per year).

I would appreciate your forwarding this message to graduate students in your programs whom you think would be interested in joining the NII and helping to influence the direction of interdisciplinary teaching, research, and training at the University of Minnesota. Interested students may complete the NII membership form at http://www.grad.umn.edu/oii/nii/membership/index.html and may visit http://www.grad.umn.edu/oii/nii/index.html to learn more about this organization and its membership. Potentially interested graduate students are also invited to attend the NII’s Spring Assembly on Monday, April 20, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m., in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union.

Please direct questions about this initiative to Vicki Field, Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives (field001@umn.edu; 612-625-6532).

Thank you for your assistance.

GeoWeb Conference 27-31July2009 - Vancouver, BC Canada

Galdos Systems Inc. wishes to invite you to participate in the industry-leading event focused on GIS and the Internet:GeoWeb 2009 Conference! GeoWeb conferences focus exclusively on geographic information systems, the Internet, and the economic potential associated with their convergence. GeoWeb 2009 will continue the tradition of focusing on the reciprocal impact of the Web and Geographic Information as well as the ever-increasing need for collaboration in light of global economic and environmental concerns. GeoWeb 2009 is for everyone! Representatives from both public and private organizations are invited to meet, discuss and learn about today's most innovative geospatial technologies. Be sure to save the date and join us this coming summer as we explore and unlock the future of the GeoWeb! Registration begins online April 2, 2009.

GeoWeb 2009 is taking place July 27-31, 2009 in downtown Vancouver, BC Canada at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

First Open Source GIS UK conference 22May2009

Details at http://www.opensourcegis.org. uk

CLA Instructional Technology Fellowship positions

The CLA Student Technology Fee Committee and CLA-OIT Academic Technologies are pleased to announce the open call to all CLA departmentsfor graduate students to submit their résumés/CVs and a cover letter by Monday, March 2, 2009 for Instructional Technology Fellowship and Digital Content Fellowship positions. Select candidates will be interviewed in the weeks following March 2 and will be notified of the decision within two weeks of their interview.

Send application materials (résumé/CV and cover letter) to Sarah Knoblauch atsjk@umn.edu.

Please direct questions to:

Jen Mein, Director of Academic Technologies,jen@umn.edu, 612-625-3838

Jude Higdon-Topaz, Managing Director for Technology Enhanced Learning,jhigdon@umn.edu, 612-625-6878

Rebecca Moss, Coordinator of Visual Resources Center and the Digital Content Library,mossx014@umn.edu, 612-626-2333

NGS Map Awards (due 2/15)

2009 National Geographic Award in Mapping

Undergraduate students and master's-degree candidates are invited to apply for the National Geographic Award in Mapping. This award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks to encourage student research. The first place award consists of a cash prize of $900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Both winners will also receive National Geographic map products.

Submissions may take a variety of forms, but must focus specifically on maps and mapping. The following types of submissions are welcome: map products in digital and paper format; web-based maps or cartographic services; dynamic, animated, and/or interactive geovisualization software environments; or other cartographic projects.

This award is administered through the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Judging will be by the National Geographic Award in Mapping committee of the AAG CSG and will be based on the technical, aesthetic, and overall quality of the submission. The award winner, or winners, will be announced at the CSG meeting at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. Applying students do not need to be members of the AAG.

HOW TO APPLY

We encourage submissions in standard digital formats (e.g. .pdf, .html, submissions accessible through conventional web browsers, etc.). Please include the following items with your submission:

* A cover page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, degree program (e.g. M.A.), address, phone number, email, and cartography/GIS instructor's name.
* A one page statement that provides some context of the submission, i.e. its purpose, how it may be used, how it was created, its limitations, etc.
* A one page statement of how this award would help you with your educational plans.

Submissions must be received by February 15, 2009.

Please apply by sending all digital materials to Jeremy Mennis, Academic Director of the AAG Cartography Specialty Group, at jmennis@temple.edu. For more information contact Jeremy Mennis or David Miller of National Geographic Maps (dmiller@ngs.org). For more information on National Geographic Maps visit www.natgeomaps.com/mapawards.

Submissions in paper format are also welcome. Paper submissions may be mailed to:

Jeremy Mennis
Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Temple University
1115 W. Berks St., 309 Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122