GISRUK 2017 Workshops

18th-19th April 2017

Pre-Conference Workshop Information

The Early Career Researchers (ECR) and Early Career Network (ECN) workshops will run before the main conference, on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th of April and the morning of Wednesday 19th April 2017. This valuable training opportunity will raise awareness and confidence in Early Career Researchers and Early Career Professionals, addressing a range of issues that will help you further your research or secure a new position in the geospatial industry. Towards the end of the workshop there will be our annual GISRUK for the Uninitiated session to help you get the most out of the GISRUK 2017 conference.

The workshops are divided into two tracks: Track A (targeted at Early Career Researchers) and Track B (targeted at Early Career Professionals). Please ensure that you register onto the most appropriate track using the Eventbrite online registration system.

The workshops are free of charge to GISRUK conference attendees, and catering is provided. If you are unable to attend the event post-registration please inform Gail Millin-Chalabi so that your place can be reallocated.

Workshop Locations

The GISRUK 2017 pre-conference workshops will take place in the Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, just off Oxford Road in the centre of The University of Manchester.

Workshop Programme

The GISRUK 2017 workshop sessions will be provided by:

Tuesday 18th April 2017

11:30 - 12:00Registration opens in the Humanities Bridgeford Street Foyer
12:00 - 12:15Introduction to GISRUK: Covering who we are/ what we do - review of research (Nick Bearman)
12:15 - 13:15Introduction to the AGI ECN:

Introducing the Early Career Network (ECN) to delegates and how to get involved (Lizzie Stutchbury)

The AGI provides a collective voice for the geospatial industry and supports members throughout their careers and as their businesses grow, within which the ECN provides a network of support and a programme of events targeted at the needs of Early Career Professionals. This workshop aims to provide an opportunity to raise awareness of different careers paths within the GI industry, as well inspire future GI professionals. The session will contain talks from different speakers about their area of GI industry such as technical, government, environmental and consultancy roles.

Following these talks there will be an informal session over lunch to talk with the speakers, as well as speak with members from the ECN on anything from CV or interview advice through to experiences of different roles.

13:15 - 14:15Networking, informal advice and CV surgery (lunch is provided)
14:15 - 15:15SterlingGeo: A day in our life (Emily Winter - Geospatial Support Engineer and Sam Campbell - Sales Executive).

Emily and Sam both graduated from their respective universities with degrees in Geography. They were recruited onto the Sterling Geo Graduate Scheme and have developed their careers in different departments. For Emily this has been applying her remote sensing skills within the technical team as a Geospatial Support Engineer and Sam his GIS skills within the presales side of his role as a Sales Executive. This workshop will use projects they have worked on to illustrate their career paths and show how the teams within Sterling Geo work together to deliver on customer expectations.

15:15 - 15:30Tea/ Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:30 Track A: (ECR) GISc Research Tools: (Nick Bearman & Bruce Gittings) Track B: (ECN) ESRI UK: Swapping your workflow to ArcGIS Pro 1.4: (Addy Pope).

This workshop will cover the new features in ArcGIS Pro 1.4 and how to make use of its increased functionality offers:

  • 3D GIS
  • Smart mapping
  • Time series analysis
  • Lidar Processing
  • Sharing and publish data and map through ArcGIS Online
  • Insights for ArcGIS

The Tuesday sessions will be followed by an open invitation for drinks and dinner (not provided) for further discussion and networking opportunities.

Wednesday 19th April 2017

09:30 – 10:30(ECR) Publishing & Promotion (Nick Bearman & Bruce Gittings)

An exploration of some of the various routes to publishing research findings and to identify the requirements, opportunities and limitations involved

CDRC: Opening up consumer data for social science research part 1:

The first part of the workshop will take a seminar format and focus on showcasing the CDRC data service, our data holdings and the research that has been undertaken to-date using Centre data. This will include demonstrations of how the data portal and mapping portal work, as well short presentations on some of our most popular datasets, for example, footfall data from the Local Data Company and property transaction data from Whenfresh/Zoopla. By providing detailed information on the background, variables and use cases of these data we aim to demonstrate their value and their potential breadth of application for geodemographic and geospatial research.

10:30 - 11:00Tea / Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00(ECR) Networking (& social networking) as ways of gaining employment (Nick Bearman & Bruce Gittings) CDRC: Opening up consumer data for social science research part 2:

The second half of the workshop will be aimed at interacting closely with workshop participants to ascertain how the CDRC might assist them in their research activity. It will commence with a short presentation outlining our services more broadly, including our training offering and research support service. A break out session will then take place. ‘Stations’ manned by our data scientists will enable participants to explore the CDRC data catalogue and mapping portal for themselves and to ask questions relating to our services. We will seek to consult participants about the type of data and support services they might wish to access at present and in future.

12:00 - 12:30Introduction to GISRUK 2017 for the uninitiated (Nick Bearman & Bruce Gittings)
12:30 - 13:00Lunch (provided)

The main conference registration will have opened at 12:00, and will commence in University Place at 13:30.