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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: 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.


The AGI and UN-GGIM 

What is UN-GGIM?
The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.

In July 2011, the United Nations adopted a resolution to create the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management with the Committee meeting for the first time in Seoul as part of the First High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management. This was the first time that experts from 90 countries met in the context of a United Nations initiative to enhance global cooperation in the field of geospatial information management.

Since then, the Committee of Experts has met annually to discuss eight areas of concern. Based on the discussions, nine decisions covering critical issues such as the future trends for geospatial information, development of a knowledge base, a global geodetic reference system and developing a global map for sustainable development were adopted by the Committee.

The 4th meeting of the committee of experts takes place in New York from the 6-8th August 2014, and as key stakeholders in UK geographic information, the AGI council was asked to contribute to the UK position on a number of the key themes and issues.

How does it impact me as an AGI member?
The purpose of UN-GGIM is to highlight global issues around the implementation of geospatial information and to attempt to overcome those issues by developing standards and guidance to help manage that information in a consistent way. If you use geographic information there is therefore a high probability that the outcomes from UN-GGIM will impact your business in some way.

Some of the areas of interest that UN-GGIM have already identified as requiring attention are:
• Determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes
• Trends in national institutional arrangements in geospatial information management
• The development of a global map for sustainable development
• Legal and policy frameworks
• Implementation and adoption of standards
• Integrating statistical and geospatial information
• Developing a shared statement of principles for managing geospatial information
• Developing a knowledge base for geospatial information management

The latest UN-GGIM reports on these topics can be downloaded from here:

The AGI will also ensure that any consultations that are developed as part of UN-GGIM are circulated through the website to give AGI members the opportunity to contribute to and influence the debate.

How can I get involved?
Attendance of UN-GGIM events is not an open process however there is still the possibility to get involved with discussing UN-GGIM and helping to decide how it is implemented in the UK. The AGI will be discussing UN-GGIM and other aspects of national and international policy at its Geo:Big 5 event in Cardiff on the 9th October 2014. This will be your opportunity to learn more about UN-GGIM and to decide what type of ongoing forum is needed to help manage the requirements of not only UN-GGIM but other national and international policy initiatives.

There are still places available at the Geo:Big 5 policy event, and bookings can be made here:


Geo: The Big 5 - Geo-Policy: 9 October.Have you booked your place yet?

AGI Cymru are delighted to be hosting the penultimate event of Geo: The Big 5 – focusing on the relationship between policy and geospatial.

The event will take place on the 9 October at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. Book your place now.

Policy and legislation are heavily reliant on geographic information to improve places and the lives of the citizen. Ensuring that policy is well informed by geographical information is critical to all of us. A strategic perspective on how geographic information can drive excellent decision making is also key. In addition policy and legislation can impact the development of geospatial through initiatives such as the INSPIRE project.

Following some great keynotes, the day will focus on the relationship between Policy and Geospatial, with a split stream session of ‘Policy influencing GI’ and ‘GI Influencing Policy’.  The afternoon sessions include a series of lightning talks and a highly anticipated GI Interactive group event which will provide voting, networking and debating opportunities about some of the issues you should really care about.

If you have any questions please contact Claire Gilmour -


Happy to Announce Sir Mark Walport will be Keynote Speaker for GeoCom '14

We are pleased to announce that Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, will deliver the key note presentation at this years GeoCom: The Changing Face of Geo. Sir Mark’s presentation underlines the importance of geospatial at the heart of government evidence base and decision making. 

GeoCom: The Changing Face of Geo, 11 – 13 November, Chesford Grange Hotel, Nr Warwick

This exciting 2 day conference will see the culmination of the 2014 Geo: Big 5 series of events. With a new format this year, GeoCom is the place to debate, engage with and shape the future of the geospatial industry, regardless of your sector or interest.

There is also still time to submit your own presentation and share your experiences across the industry, all you need is an abstract

– More information and submission links can be found here

**Early Bird Registration closes soon – book your place now to benefit from discounted rates**

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This year’s GeoCom will explore challenges and opportunities of integrating geospatial with a host of other tools, championing its wider role and value to the decision makers and policy informers. 

This year’s event, marking the 25th year of the AGI, will take on an exciting new flavour

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  • ·       Key industry speakers, focusing on the hot topics for our industry
  • ·       Fast paced technical sessions
  • ·       Skill-focused workshops and hands on training sessions
  • ·       Networking opportunities

The conference programme will appeal to everyone, from practitioners to decision makers. This is the year not to miss!

AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence

For the first time, the conference will be directly followed by the AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence. This awards dinner will recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and best practice across the geospatial sector.

The dinner will be an opportunity to showcase the best examples of innovation in our field and serve as a fitting finale to our 25th anniversary celebrations.


ONS consultation on its small area population estimates products - Call for Participation

ONS produces official population estimates for the UK and its constituent countries, the regions of England and Wales, local authorities and other geographic areas within England and Wales. They provide details of the number of people usually resident within each area on 30 June of the reference year. In particular, small area population estimates include figures for both statistical geographies (eg Super Output Areas) and sub-regional administrative geographic areas (eg wards, parliamentary constituencies and health areas).

This consultation includes two main topics: the future of the publication of population estimates for health areas and a request for information on the uses made of small area population estimates in general, including your views on the quality of the products.

Opening date: 16 June 2014 

Closing date: 25 July 2014