Rasters Revealed has now finalised its agenda.  The conference promises to be a very interesting mix of subjects and speakers.  The list of talks and workshops are given below and are followed by info on the venue and travel advice.

!IMPT! Please can all delegates make sure they know what advance preparation is needed for the workshops

Conference content

List of Talks:

  • Science meets GIS – multidimensional rasters in environmental science
    • Jon Blower, Institute for Environmental Analytics, University of Reading
  • Raster processing at scale with GeoTrellis and Apache Spark
    • Rob Emanuele, Azavea
  • Maximising value from legacy raster bathymetry datasets
    • Gareth Grewcock, Lloyd’s Register
  • The intermediate product concept in support EO-based applications
    • Geoff Smith, Specto Natura
  • Decision support systems for forestry using open source tools
    • Stephen Bathgate, Forest Research
  • The Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer onboard Sentinel-3: its status, and the calibration and commissioning activities performed at RAL Space
    • Ed Polehampton, RAL Space
  • Very high resolution datasets for urban mapping
    • Milena Napiorkowska, Deimos Space UK
  • Raster Foundry: how Azavea is leveraging open source technologies to build a platform to discover, transform, and work with raster data on the web
    • Christopher Brown, Azavea

List of Workshops:

  • Working through some of the processes involved to make maps available as an online joined-up map service, using sovietmaps.shawmat.net as an example
    • Matthew Shaw, 
  • Xarray: a Python package enabling easy processing of labelled multi-dimensional data
    • Robin Wilson, University of Southampton
  • The Satellite Application Catapult’s CEMS cloud computing environment and Sentinel Data Discovery Portal
    • Rob Fletcher, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Little Things in Big Data – accessing micro-topography in Airborne Laser Scanned data
    • Rebecca Bennett, PTS Consultancy
  • The Community Intercomparison Suite: an open-source, command line tool and API
    • Duncan Watson-Parris, University of Oxford
  • How to access and use data from the The National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes
    • Sarah Geijsels, Channel Coastal Observatory

I am very happy to announce that one of the speaker sessions has been sponsored by, and will be chaired by a representative of, Map of Agriculture.

Please see the Sponsorship page for details on all sponsors.

A full agenda will be sent out to delegates in early February. A copy will also be made available on this website.

Venue and Travel

Rasters Revealed is being held at Worcester College, Walton St, Oxford, OX1 2HB, UK on the 21st February 2017.

Worcester College is a wonderful venue with a mix of modern buildings and teaching spaces as well as Georgian and medieval architecture. Worcester College (1714) lies on the site of Gloucester College (1283) which was founded by the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester as a place of study for monks. The dissolution of the monasteries also led to the closure of Gloucester College, but buildings from this period remain inside the current College grounds. The buildings went through various owners and uses over the next few centuries before being re-founded as Worcester College. Worcester is close to the centre of Oxford today, but has extensive gardens and grounds that are worth taking in if the weather is favourable and which are as much of an attraction for visitors as the architecture.

The venue is very close to the railway station (less than a kilometre away).  It is also very close to the centre of Oxford if attendees wanted to quickly walk round some of the main tourist sights.


Parking in Oxford is a pain at the best of times – you have been warned! There is no parking at the venue, but there are a couple of options for paid parking in the town centre. However, it is recommended that the Seacourt Park & Ride is used. The parking costs for the P&R are low and the buses are frequent, dropping off and picking up from very close to the train station.

The map below shows the locations of the venue, the railway station (don’t go to Oxford Parkway station!), a selection of central carparks and Seacourt Park & Ride (plus bus stops). Click on the carpark symbols for links to their official pages and information about charge, directions etc.


All travel costs (including parking costs and charges) are the responsibility of the attendees and not the meeting organiser.