Category Archives: Blog Posts

Using QGIS on AWS WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces are essentially a managed virtual machine (they use the term Desktop-as-a-Service). You can choose Windows or Linux, and they appear to be doing a free offer at the moment. AWS (Amazon Web Services) are a great tool, and very powerful and flexible, but sometimes a bit intimidating. Their help is very good, and… Read More »

The Power of Geospatial Data

Written for the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and posted at https://sa.catapult.org.uk/south-west/uncategorized/blog-the-power-of-geospatial-data/ .  We use geospatial data every day in our lives, and our work lives are no exception. Any delivery company will use geospatial data to work out which order to deliver packages in, emergency services use a specialised type of sat nav to get to their callouts and many large companies use… Read More »

National Map Reading Week

The 27th May to 2nd June is National Map Reading Week, created by the Ordnance Survey to promote maps, mapping and all things to do with space! There has been a great selection of coverage across the internet – one of my favourite was a ‘map-folding’ competition featuring the Calder Valley Mountain Rescue Team, setting… Read More »

Spatial R – Moving from SP to SF

I recently ran my ‘Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS’ course for the NCRM at the University of Southampton. This was the first time after I had updated the material from using the SP library to using the new SF library. The SF (or Simple Features) library is a big change… Read More »

ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018

During the amazingly sunny weather a few weeks ago, I managed to spend a couple of days indoors, hiding from the sun at the ESRC Research Methods Festival at the University of Bath. Every 2 years, the National Centre for Research Methods have organised this conference to showcase unique and new methods from across the… Read More »