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11:19AM

INSPIRE funding for local authorities

Defra, DCLG and LGA have been working closely together over the past 18 months to find a suitable solution to the new burden on local authorities in England created by INSPIRE Annex III data publishing. The new burden means that data which falls under INSPIRE Annex III must be published in a way which meets requirements set out in the INSPIRE Directive. Defra has now confirmed it will be making grant payments to eligible local authorities in England under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 to enable local authorities to implement their own publishing solution, Defra has written to Local Authorities to this effect.

Local authorities may contact suppliers to help them to implement a solution if they have not already done so.  We would like to remind potential suppliers to government that the preferred route to procure ICT services is through the G-Cloud, the 5th G-cloud procurement is to be launched soon please take some time to consider bidding see http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/.

Our contact details are:

Local Government Association: INSPIRE@local.gov.uk

Defra INSPIRE team: uk-inspire-help@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Current UK INSPIRE guidance is available at

http://Data.gov.uk/location

http://tinyurl.com/www-local-gov-inspire

12:51PM

AGI Council and Executive 2014

This news release contains full details of AGI council members for 2014 and those council members who have made an additional commitment to be part of the executive group. For more information on the roles of council and executive members click here. In addition to their roles and responsibilities as council members many of the council also spend time working to champion SIGs or supporting Action Working Groups (AWG).

 

Council Members:

Anne Kemp (Chair) – Atkins

David Henderson (Vice Chair) – Ordnance Survey

Jonathan Marshall (Honorary Treasurer) – Canal and River Trust

Graham Wallace (Honorary Secretary) – Esri UK

Abigail Page – Central Scotland Forest Trust

Angharad Stone – Environment Agency

Chris Ewing – Aon Benfield

David Robert – Welsh Government

Emma Bee – British Geological Survey

Ian Coady – Office of National Statistics

Nick Austin – Deloitte

Mike Cooper – Leica Geosystems

Simon Wheeler – Land and Property Services (NI)

 

Executive Members

Anne Kemp

David Henderson

Jonathan Marshall

Graham Wallace

Abigail Page

Angharad Stone

Mike Cooper

 

The AGI would also like to thank the two members who have left council. Andy Coote has moved on after serving a staggering 12 years on council over two different terms but will continue to support the AGI by running the Big Data event in September. Rollo Home has left council to focus on chairing the Events AWG delivering the Geo: The Big 5 event series.

1:47PM

AGI Events 2014 - Geo: The Big 5

The AGI is proud to announce a series of six national events for 2014 that will be tackling the 5 big issues of the moment in the Geospatial industry. These issues have been identified as the big issues after discussion within the AGI, its membership and with industry experts:

 

The Big 5 Event Series:

1. Future Cities

Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow

18 March, Hosted by AGI Scotland

Geo: The Big 5 series will open with an event exploring the challenges of Future Cities and opportunities that Geospatial technologies can offer to this new innovation area.

The Glasgow event will also host a strong second stream presenting case studies of innovation and best practice throughout the wider GI sector in Scotland.

The discussion will be led by an exciting line up of speakers including representatives from the Glasgow Future Cities Team and TV’s face of geoscience, Prof Iain Stewart.

2. Open Geospatial

Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast

13 May, Hosted by AGI Northern Ireland

3. BIM & Asset Management

Armada Conference Centre, Bristol

5th June

4. Big Data

London

September - details to follow

5. Policy

SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

9 October, Hosted by AGI Cymru

6. GeoCom - The Big 5: The Changing Face of Geo – Registration not yet open

Midlands

November - details to follow

 

CPD

Please note that as a delegate at any of these events you can allocate 4 points towards the AGI continuing professional development scheme. More information on the scheme can be found here. Attendance certificates can be requested.

 

Registration
AGI Student Member - £24.50+VAT
AGI Unemployed Member - £24.50+VAT
AGI Member - £49+VAT
RGS/RSGS Member - £49+VAT
AGI Non Member - £109+VAT (This rate includes 1 year free membership*)

*You will receive a one year individual membership, more information can be found here

2:00PM

An intro to the OGC and the UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest

This event will give an introduction to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and some updates on the recent United Kingdom Interoperability Assessment Plugfest (UKIAP) held by OGC and the Ordnance Survey, with the support of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). The results of the Plugfest will allow Ordnance Survey to provide best practice guidance to those who want to consume or implement geospatial web services or products based on OGC standards. The event provides a great opportunity for AGI members to understand more about the OGC’s work and how the UKIAP Sprint 1 and Sprint 2 sessions are helping geospatial software suppliers make their products OGC compliant.

 

Date: Monday 3rd February

Time: 2pm – 4pm (followed by Geodrinks*)

Place: Royal Geographical Society, London

Hosted by: AGI Technical SIG

*The event will be followed by networking drinks at a local venue.

If you are interested in attending please contact Claire Gilmour (claire.gilmour@agi.org.uk)

9:40AM

New SIG - Insurance and Risk

Do you work or have interest in the use of geographic information and geospatial technologies in the financial services and/or insurance sectors?

We’re seeking your involvement in a new Special Interest Group (SIG) around the financial services and insurance sectors, initially named the “Insurance and Risk SIG”.

The Insurance and Risk sector is an important user of geographic information and the AGI are seeking to create a SIG to help engage and foster a community. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in the use of geographical information and geospatial technologies within the financial services industry. Some topics of interest might include:

  • Customer targeting and marketing
  • Management
  • Underwriting
  • Claims
  • Natural hazards and catastrophe modelling
  • Big data and open data for risk modelling

Or perhaps you’re interested in something else geography related in the sector. Please let us know.

Please contact us by the 31st December if you would be interested in helping us form this new SIG.

We’re aiming for an initial meeting in early January and hope to have the group up-and-running by mid January.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

If you are interested in joinging the SIG please contact info@agi.org.uk