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11:17AM

AGI Council Elections

Five places will become vacant on AGI Council at the end of 2014. One post is reserved for nominations to represent Northern Ireland, to be voted for by Northern Ireland members. All other places will be open to contest by election by the full membership if the number of nominations received exceeds the number of places available.

Those AGI Council members whose terms are coming to an end this year and are eligible to restand are as follows:

Steven Eglinton
Chris Ewing
Simon Wheeler

AGI now welcomes nominations from any paid-up AGI member interested in standing for AGI Council. The period of service is for 3 years starting from 1st January 2015. Those successful in joining AGI Council will also be invited as guests to the final AGI Council meeting of 2014 which will be held on 26th November 2014 in Southampton.

AGI Council is an important part of ensuring AGI is a vibrant, responsive and proactive member organisation - ensuring that the geographic information industry is challenged to grow and vocal in the representation of our knowledge, skills and experience. It is essential that AGI Council continues to represent the broad diversity of members’ interests and this year nominations are particularly encouraged from commercial members who can represent the energy & infrastructure, finance and retail sectors and from amongst our SME corporate members.

Background information about AGI, the Council Role Description and Person Specification is available HERE. If you are in full-time employment, it is important that you and your employer understand and consider this commitment fully.

The Nomination Form is simple to complete and available HERE. Each nominee needs a proposer and seconder, this can be any existing AGI member. If you are having trouble finding a proposer and seconder, please contact a member of Council or the AGI Team for assistance. Also required is a short 350 word (maximum) supporting statement written by the nominee.

The closing date for the receipt of completed Nomination Forms is Friday 31st October 2014.  Please return your completed form to Claire Gilmour .

If an election is necessary this will be held from Monday 3rd November until Noon on Friday 14th November.

Joining AGI Council is a great opportunity, so please get involved. This is your AGI and you can make a difference!

Thank you.

Anne Kemp
AGI Chair

2:17PM

Register Today! Less than 5 weeks until Geocom - The Changing Face of Geo

As there is now less than five weeks to go until our annual flagship conference event: Geocom - The Changing Face of Geo, which this year is being held at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, from 11th-13th   November, here are some fantastic reasons why you won’t want to miss it:

1. Best Ever GeoCom Programme Line-up
This year’s programme brings together the Geo: The Big 5 themes from 2014. To mark the AGI’s 25th year, a new format of conference will present talks from leading industry speakers . Presentations and discussions will explore the challenges, opportunities and the business benefits of integrating geospatial with a host of other tools, alongside skills-focused workshops, hands-on training and an innovation theatre.The sessions feature over 70 presentations across the two days from inspirational speakers including:

- Sir Mark Walport - Chief Government Scientist
- Prof. Tim Broyd - Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London
- Emma Whitehead - CEO & Tobias Sturt, Creative Director, Graphic Digital Agency
- Neil Ackroyd - Director General, Ordnance Survey
- Denise McKenzie - Executive Director, OGC
- Prof. Mike Jackson - Emeritus Professor, Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham
- Richard Waite - Managing Director, Esri UK

Full speaker details online: http://www.geobig5.com/speaker-details/

2. Fantastic Connections
Being held at Chesford Grange near Warwick, our new conference venue provides the perfect backdrop for making new connections, whether you are looking for new business opportunities, new career opportunities or simply seeking some inspirational ideas to help further your work. The residential format allows ample time to extend those session debates by discussing your views with your colleagues and new contacts over a coffee.

3. AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence
In addition to the conference event, on the evening of Thursday, 13th November, the AGI are holding their annual AGI Awards event to recognise the very best achievements in the field of Geographic Information throughout the year and also to foster a spirit of innovation across the business community, whatever the sector. The Awards include: excellence in visualisation, education, research & development, business benefit, impact and sustained commitment to geospatial.

4. It’s your AGI
AGI Events are led by members for members, and are not driven by commercial interests. The programme of events reflect your interests and provide a forum for the community to debate openly. This annual event is an opportunity to strengthen and extend your networks, ensuring that the AGI promotes open and engaging sessions, providing value to all of us across the wider industry. AGI Events define the voice of the Association for Geographic Information and enable all of us to deliver the AGI mission.
 

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11:10AM

AGI launches NEW Focus Event Series: first one on 23rd October

A new event series from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) will offer the opportunity for volunteers to co-ordinate seminar style events that focus on specific topics across the UK. The series will run to complement 'Geo: The Big 5' and other AGI events.

The new series will be free for AGI Members to attend, but will also be used as an outreach opportunity to strengthen and extend our network. The events will provide a framework for open and engaging sessions, providing value to both members and the wider industry. The aims of the series are to:

  • Provide added value for Members through networking and professional development across a number of small seminar style events.
  • Promote the work of the AGI to a wide audience.
  • Provide a platform for AGI Groups to run their own events within a co-ordinated framework.

The first event in the series has been organised by volunteers on the AGI Scotland Committee. Mobile Data Capture Focus will be held on 23 October in Edinburgh, sponsored by EDINA and Sigma Seven. Attendance is free for members, with a £10 cost for non-members which will contribute to the work of the AGI. To register please email Carle Baxter or call the AGI office on 020 7591 3190.

A ‘Focus Event Organising Guide’ has been circulated to all AGI Group Chairs, and volunteers who are interested in contributing towards the series are invited to make contact with Claire.Gilmour@agi.org.uk  for further details.

12:31PM

GeoCom Earlybird Extended – but not for long!

With only a limited time left to take advantage of the GeoCom Early Bird Extension here’s 3 fantastic reasons why you won’t want to miss booking for this year’s event.

1. Best Ever GeoCom Programme Line-up
The conference team were determined to make a big impact with this year’s programme – which brings together the Geo: The Big 5 themes from 2014. The outward looking sessions feature over 70 presentations across the 2 days from inspirational speakers including:
Sir Mark Walport (Chief Government Scientist); Prof. Tim Broyd (Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London); Emma Whitehead (CEO Graphic Digital Agency) and Tobias Sturt (Creative Director of Graphic); Neil Ackroyd (Director General Ordnance Survey), Denise McKenzie (Executive Director, OGC), Prof. Mike Jackson (Emeritus Professor, Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham) and Richard Waite (Managing Director, Esri UK)
Full speaker details online: http://www.geobig5.com/speaker-details/

2. Fantastic Connections
Our new conference venue provides the perfect backdrop for forming strong connections, whether you are looking for new business opportunities; new career opportunities or simply ideas to help further your work. The residential format allows ample time to extend those session debates by discussing your views with valuable connections over a coffee.

3. It’s your AGI
AGI Events are led by members for members, and are not driven by commercial interests. Events reflect your interests and provide a forum for the community to debate openly. The annual event is an opportunity to strengthen and extend your networks ensuring that the AGI have open and engaging sessions, providing value to all of us across the wider industry. AGI Events define the voice of the Association for Geographic Information and enable all of us to deliver the AGI mission.

This year’s hotel setting near Warwickshire provides easy access to delegates travelling from across the UK. The Earlybird packages offer superb value: don’t leave it too late to take advantage.


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Contact claire.gilmour@agi.org.uk to find out about the AGI’s range of sponsorship options.

 

2:03PM

AGI announces Professor Iain Stewart as Guest Compère at its annual awards evening 13/11/14

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is pleased to announce Professor Iain Stewart as Guest Compère at its new annual awards evening – The AGI Awards for GeoSpatial Excellence - to be held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire, during the evening of November 13th 2014.

The AGI Awards are a prestigious event recognising the very best achievements in the field of Geographic Information throughout the year. The purpose of the awards is to recognise excellence within the industry and to foster a spirit of innovation to the betterment of Geographic Information in the UK. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AGI and as a result the AGI has launched an exciting new set of awards for 2014 and beyond! The AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence move beyond the traditional sector based approach to generate an open and engaging competition for each award relevant across the whole industry! For more information about the awards and how to nominate yourself or your project please visit: http://www.geobig5.com/events/agi-awards-geospatial-excellence/. The deadline for nominations is 30th September 2014.

About Professor Iain Stewart:
Iain Stewart, professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University (UK), is an Earth scientist and broadcaster who specialises in recent geological change. He has presented major television series for the BBC on the nature, history and state of the planet, most notably ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’; ‘Earth: The Climate Wars’; ‘How Earth Made Us’, ‘How To Grow A Planet’; ‘Volcano Live’, and ‘Rise of the Continents’. He regularly fronts BBC Horizon specials on geoscientific topics, such as the Japanese earthquake, the Russian meteor strike, Shale gas/ Fracking, and Florida sinkholes. In 2013 he was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Athelstan Spilhaus Award for conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences.