As an independent consultant I am very aware of the need to be efficient with my use of time. One of the things that I found I was doing inefficiently was tracking the tasks that I needed to do. I used to write down all my tasks in a notebook, and then cross-out those that … Continue reading Software: todoist
At Geoger, I get quite a lot of approaches from students and new professionals looking for that first position in the Earth observation (EO) sector - unfortunately the plan for Geoger doesn't currently involve taking on staff, but this may change. Typically, these approaches come from people with a background in GIS although I also … Continue reading Getting that job
In December 2017 I started the Scene From Above podcast with my co-host Andrew Cutts. The following are a series of notes on how I host the podcast. These notes are written for my own needs, and were first posted on my personal blog, but if they help anyone else then that's great. I’m hosting … Continue reading Hosting and sharing the #scenefromabove podcast
Software These two sites are incredibly useful if you want to choose or understand an open licence for some software: tldrlegal.com choosealicense.com/ From these sites you can see just how many different open licence variants there are. Despite this, there are just a few that are commonly used, as shown in the 'Most Popular' column … Continue reading Open licences
In September (2017), and in line with the ethos that governs Geoger, I donated a proportion of the previous year's profits to three of the open source communities that produce or support the software that I use regularly. Donations were made to QGIS, SAGA GIS and NumFocus. In future years I hope to increase the … Continue reading Geoger supports open source
Just like many people these days, I use a variety of Python modules in some of my data processing needs. Although many of these are spatial libraries, I also use the brilliant Anaconda distribution and have recently linked this through to the lightweight Rodeo IDE. The following video provides a great introduction to the history … Continue reading Python for Data Crunching
For the last year or so I have been working alongside members of the Open University Planetary Environments Research Group on developing some workflows and data processing techniques. The PI for the project is Dr Matt Balme and there have been a few post-doctoral researchers (Susan Conway, Talfan Barnie) the most recent of whom is … Continue reading Out and about in the field
From an announcement from the QGIS mailing list: RQGIS has released a new version of RQGIS! RQGIS establishes an interface between R and QGIS, i.e. it allows the user to access the QGIS geoalgorithms from within R. With the new release, it is possible to run the most recent QGIS releases (>=2.18.2) with RQGIS. RQGIS […] … Continue reading Open source goodness! RQGIS
It's been a while since I last wrote a blog post, and that's mainly due to the fact that I've been really busy! Which is great. There's been a lot on at the moment culminating in a heady nexus of getting existing contracts finished, negotiating new work and starting new contracts, as well as tendering for … Continue reading A partridge in a….
About 18 months ago we had solar panels installed on Geoger Towers (this may or may not be an accurate description of the Geoger office!). With this comes the ability to monitor power generation and use, as well as a host of other things. During the install we were warned that a small tree in … Continue reading Know your site!