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Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 11, 2018 |

We are getting closer to the end of things: the World Cup is inching to its finale, the heatwave is slowly cooling, and (sadly) we only have a week and a half left in Dorchester.  The lack of time and the growing sense of ends and of limits does...

We're not exhausted yet - Open Day (Saturday 12 - ...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 11, 2018 |

We are getting closer to the end of things: the World Cup is inching to its finale, the heatwave is slowly cooling, and (sadly) we only have a week and a half left in Dorchester.  The lack of time and the growing sense of ends and of limits does...

We're not exhausted yet - Open Day (Saturday 12 - ...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 11, 2018 |

We are getting closer to the end of things: the World Cup is inching to its finale, the heatwave is slowly cooling, and (sadly) we only have a week and a half left in Dorchester.  The lack of time and the growing sense of ends and of limits does...

"Feelin' hot hot hot"

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 05, 2018 |

It is coming to the end of the week here and our last set of undergraduates are on their ways out. They have dug hard (the record for the number of barrows 'run' in one day fell twice), and we have progressed in most parts of the site. There have been a number...

"Feelin' hot hot hot"

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 05, 2018 |

It is coming to the end of the week here and our last set of undergraduates are on their ways out. They have dug hard (the record for the number of barrows 'run' in one day fell twice), and we have progressed in most parts of the site. There have been a number...

"Feelin' hot hot hot"

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 05, 2018 |

It is coming to the end of the week here and our last set of undergraduates are on their ways out. They have dug hard (the record for the number of barrows 'run' in one day fell twice), and we have progressed in most parts of the site. There have been a number...

We are going potty for our pottery

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 29, 2018 |

The archaeology, in mimicry of the general weather, is beginning to get hot in Dorchester. The usual and typical large amounts of pottery and nails are spilling from a whole host of new and old features. And, most importantly and significantly, we are starting...

We are going potty for our pottery

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 29, 2018 |

The archaeology, in mimicry of the general weather, is beginning to get hot in Dorchester. The usual and typical large amounts of pottery and nails are spilling from a whole host of new and old features. And, most importantly and significantly, we are starting...

We are going potty for our pottery

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 29, 2018 |

The archaeology, in mimicry of the general weather, is beginning to get hot in Dorchester. The usual and typical large amounts of pottery and nails are spilling from a whole host of new and old features. And, most importantly and significantly, we are starting...

All fun in the sun

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 25, 2018 |

On Sunday we were joined for the last time by a team of university students originating from a whole host of institutions spotted across the globe. And, inevitably, we used their youthfulness to set to with our heaviest tools on the remaining clods of earth...

All fun in the sun

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 25, 2018 |

On Sunday we were joined for the last time by a team of university students originating from a whole host of institutions spotted across the globe. And, inevitably, we used their youthfulness to set to with our heaviest tools on the remaining clods of earth...

All fun in the sun

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 25, 2018 |

On Sunday we were joined for the last time by a team of university students originating from a whole host of institutions spotted across the globe. And, inevitably, we used their youthfulness to set to with our heaviest tools on the remaining clods of earth...

Have we been missed?

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 18, 2018 |

What with the football and all the political turmoil you might be forgiven for thinking that Dorchester did not have its fair share of drama this year. However, we have (also) kicked off – the Discovering Dorchester Project is up and running for its final...

Have we been missed?

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 18, 2018 |

What with the football and all the political turmoil you might be forgiven for thinking that Dorchester did not have its fair share of drama this year. However, we have (also) kicked off – the Discovering Dorchester Project is up and running for its final...

Have we been missed?

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday June 18, 2018 |

What with the football and all the political turmoil you might be forgiven for thinking that Dorchester did not have its fair share of drama this year. However, we have (also) kicked off – the Discovering Dorchester Project is up and running for its final...

Going to a codesprint as a non-coder

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Tuesday June 05, 2018 |

This week I’m in Bolsena at the 10th annual Geonetwork codesprint. Geonetwork is the metadata catalogue that we (being Astun Technology) use to deliver our metadata catalogues, for INSPIRE, and for Government customers. I recently asked if I could...

Portable GIS accepted as OSGeo Community Project

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Monday June 04, 2018 |

I’m delighted to announce that Portable GIS has been accepted as an official OSGeo Community Project! From a technical perspective, this is the culmination of several months work behind the scenes getting the proper code repository set up here,...

moving to gitlab and hugo

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Sunday June 03, 2018 |

I recently decided to move this blog from octopress, hosted on a commercial site, to hugo, hosted on gitlab pages. Why? I don’t care that Octopress hasn’t been updated for a while but I do care that I didn’t understand what it...

this is not a geo post

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Saturday June 02, 2018 |

TL;DR How not to burn out, or how I work, the 2017 edition I’ve always suffered from anxiety and stress in my work. It’s a first-world problem, sure, but it’s there, and tangible, causing health issues (blood pressure high enough...

dont be afraid to commit

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Friday June 01, 2018 |

Back in June, which seems a long time ago now, we (OSGeo:UK) ran a mini FOSS4G event at the Ordnance Survey offices in Southampton, UK. It was a big success, well attended, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is always nice. This is not a post about...

Portable GIS

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Thursday May 31, 2018 |

GIS on a USB stick. Announcement: Portable GIS Version 5.8 has been released! See portablegis.xyz for more details. The current set of software includes: Desktop GIS packages QGIS (with GRASS plugin) version 2.18.1 FWTools (GDAL and OGR toolkit) Apache2 and...

portablegis 5 dot 6

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Wednesday May 30, 2018 |

I’m pleased to announce the latest release of Portable GIS. This version (v5.6) has the following changes: QGIS 2.14.1 LTR By popular demand: Geoserver 2.8 You can download the setup exe and the md5 checksum here. Older versions are still available...

agi foresight 2020

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Tuesday May 29, 2018 |

Over the summer I was asked to contribute a piece on what I thought the future of “Open Geospatial” would be in 2020, for the AGI (Association for Geographic Information) and their Foresight Study on the Geospatial Industry in 2020. This...

hacking with apis

Home on Open Source GIS: Travels in a digital world Monday May 28, 2018 |

Since Astun Technology has quite a geographically distributed workforce (OK, we are all in the UK, but still), we make the effort to get together every three months or so for meetings, merriment, and some geeky hacking. Our “hackastun”...


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