Category Archives: Blog Posts

PDR and the Pandemic

Our Professional Development Record (PDR) hours—CPD in the UK—are a key part of the surveying and geospatial professions. Previously PDR would have involved a mixture of in-person training, in-person conferences and self-study training materials. With the Covid-19 restrictions on meeting other people face-to-face, meetings are no longer possible, at least in the short term. Online… Read More »

EU-US Privacy Shield: “Shields Failing”

Working with geospatial data in the areas I do mean I have to keep up-to-date with the rules and regulations surrounding use of data. There has been an interesting development recently with the EU – US Privacy Shield framework which (until recent) underpinned many data transfers outside of the EU (including for my freelance work).… Read More »

GISRUK2020: A brave new world

Online conferences are everywhere now – and everything now has online as a prefix. The GISRUK 2020 conference was no exception, and originally scheduled for 21th – 24th April, it was postponed and moved online, to 21st to 23rd July. GISRUK is the largest annual GIS research conference, bringing together academics, researchers and students, as… Read More »

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 »