Fixed-term Associate Lecturer in Geographic Data Science/GIS at Birkbeck, University of London

We are looking to appoint an Associate Lecturer in Geographic Data Science. This is a short-term, teaching only position. As teaching at Birkbeck happens in the evening (6-9pm), this position would suit someone who has a day job and wants to gain teaching experience (UG and PG) and/or an extra income. Candidates must have sound … Continue reading Fixed-term Associate Lecturer in Geographic Data Science/GIS at Birkbeck, University of London

Defining Natural Points of Interest

In this new short paper by our student Charlie Hewitt at GISRUK 2021, which will run online again later in April. Abstract. This paper contributes to the working definition of natural points of interest (NPOI). We combine a theory-driven approach exploring existing definitions of points of interest and natural features and a data-driven approach in … Continue reading Defining Natural Points of Interest

Teaching material for geospatial Python

This year I developed new teaching resources aimed at MSc students in geographic data science. The technology stack includes Anaconda, Jupyter notebooks, and an array of open-source Python packages for geospatial analytics and machine learning. I put it all on GitHub at https://github.com/andrea-ballatore/teaching-programming-for-gis. Anaconda 3 logo As computer programming was one of the most feared … Continue reading Teaching material for geospatial Python

Research project: Museums in the Pandemic

The Mapping Museums research team has been awarded £190,000 to investigate and analyse risk, closure, and resilience in the UK museum sector during the pandemic.  Museums in the pandemic  The project combines qualitative and quantitative research, and it has three inter-related strands.    Developing new ways to collect data on museums. We will use web-scraping techniques, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis to digitally track trends as they … Continue reading Research project: Museums in the Pandemic

I put some open geospatial datasets on GitHub

I spent some time collecting open geospatial datasets to be used in an educational context. All original datasets are freely available online with open data licenses (see the dataset attribution for details). All the datasets in this repository have been selected, cleaned, harmonised, and repackaged in open formats (GeoJSON and GeoTiff) for GIS exercises in a higher-education context. This … Continue reading I put some open geospatial datasets on GitHub

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Localising Content Governance), Dept of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Please see job ad and full job pack here: https://cis7.bbk.ac.uk/vacancy/postdoctoral-research-fellow-localising-content-governance-422711.html The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (12 months, full-time).  The postholder will contribute to a mixed-method study into the politics of content governance in neighbourhood Facebook Groups. At the local scale, social media … Continue reading Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Localising Content Governance), Dept of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

PhD Studentship at Uni. of Leicester / Ordnance Survey / Birkbeck on Automated Machine Learning

Project Title: Discovering the way: Automated Machine Learning improvement of Ordnance Survey path network data Host institutions: University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, co-hosted at Birkbeck, University of London and Ordnance Survey Funding: Full scholarship for UK/EU students by Ordnance Survey Application deadline: 9 August 2020 Start date: September 2020 Application link: https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/funded-opportunities/gge-de-sabbata-os-2020 Supervisory Team Principal Supervisor: … Continue reading PhD Studentship at Uni. of Leicester / Ordnance Survey / Birkbeck on Automated Machine Learning

Research project: Localizing Content Governance

This project is led by Dr Scott Rodgers (PI) in collaboration with Dr Susan Moore (Co-I) and Dr Andrea Ballatore (Co-I), funded by a grant from Facebook Research (USD 70,000). Localizing Content Governance in Place-named Facebook Groups (2020/21) is a systematic study into how Administrators and Moderators govern contributions in Facebook Groups relating to named … Continue reading Research project: Localizing Content Governance

Research project: Searching for Unique Places

PI: Andrea Ballatore, Birkbeck, University of London, funded by Ordnance Survey (£40,000), 2019-20 Summary. This project will develop a framework for the search and recommendation of places. Unlike entities with clear boundaries, places such as neighbourhoods and towns are configurations of geo-located objects with fuzzy and arbitrary borders. Existing similarity search approaches have been optimised … Continue reading Research project: Searching for Unique Places