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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


BIM & Asset Management โ€“ Bristol 5 June โ€“ Book Now

The next Geo: The Big 5 event is happening next week at the Armada Conference Centre, Bristol but there is still time to book.

The event will focus on BIM & Asset Management and how they interlink with each other and wider Geospatial. The runs across two streams with a strong lineup of speakers including Rob Manning (BIM Task Group), Dan Irwin (Crossrail), Karen Allford (Environment Agency) and Julian Watts (Institute of Asset Management). Full details of the programme can be found here. The event also has a third stream of workshop content all meaning the event is extremely good value at 49+VAT.

Our objective in holding this Geo: The Big 5 event is to provide a forum for knowledge exchange of the opportunities that flow between BIM and geospatial, to public and private sector businesses responsible for or delivering asset management – and the importance of whole life cycle management through planning, design and construction.  We will cover technical concepts, business value and real world use cases. This will be achieved by bringing together world leading experts from BIM, asset management and geospatial sectors to inform and debate the key issues.

Book Now


Members: £49+VAT

Non-Members £109+VAT

Students: £24.50+VAT


We hope to see you there,


Anne Kemp,

AGI Chair


AGI Dates for your Calendar

Following on from the excellent Geo: The Big 5 – Open Geospatial event on Tuesday here are some more dates for your calendar:


Geo: The Big 5 – BIM & Asset Management, 5 June Bristol – Focusing on the interplay between BIM, Asset Management and Geospatial as a whole. How we can better integrate, share knowledge and develop technologies to meet the needs of varied markets – Book Now


Geo Drinks, London 29 May - The AGI are attending the GeoBusiness show as event partners and will be holding a GeoDrinks event after the exhibition – Contact to register


Geo: The Big 5 – Big Data, London 30 September – This event will provide a forum for knowledge exchange of the opportunities that flow from the nexus of big data and location to public and private sector businesses covering technical concepts, business value and real world use cases. – Book Now


Geo: The Big 5 – Policy, Cardiff 9 October - 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. This event will explore these issues. – Book Now


GeoCom: ‘The Changing Face of Geo’ Chesford Grange, nr Warwick 11-13 November - The exciting final event of the Geo: Big 5 series bringing together the debate from the other events and set the agenda for Geospatial in 2015 and beyond. – Book Now


AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence Chesford Grange, nr Warwick 13 November - The AGI Awards are a prestigious event recognising the very best achievements in the field of Geographic Information throughout the year. – Book or submit for an award here


Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities are available for all events. Please see the sponsor pack or contact



Event Series Sponsors





Event Sponsors


Civica, Geoinformation Group, IBM, IMGS, Informed Solutions, Kemeling Consulting, Mallon Technology, Sopra, Stirling Geo, thinkWhere



Opportunity to comment on English indices of deprivation data

The AGI and INSPIRE SIG will be curating a response to the below announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government. If you have any comments please send them to

‘The Department for Communities and Local Government is updating the indices of deprivation. Following an open competitive tendering process, we have recently appointed Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) to carry out the work. The team includes members who developed and updated DCLG’s previous indices.

Before producing updated indices, we intend to review existing deprivation indicators and statistical methods, and consider potential new data sources. The review will focus on refining, rather than making major changes to, the existing indices.

We’re keen to hear users’ views as early in the process as possible to feed into the development and design of the indices. There will be a final consultation on the full set of proposals in the autumn.

We anticipate new updated indices will be published in summer 2015.’


5 Days to go until Geo: The Big 5 โ€“ Open Geospatial 13 May

With only 5 days to go until Open Geospatial, Belfast (Hosted by AGI Northern Ireland) this is the final call for delegate bookings.


At Only £49+VAT for members this event is great value with a packed programme of speakers discussing the pertinent issues in Open Geospatial. There is also an excellent second stream of case studies and best practice.

You can review the excellent programme of speakers and book here

For more information on why Open Geospatial matters to you and why you should attend have a look at this entry on the AGI blog

Belfast is an easy journey from most major cities in the UK and is a great place to visit so come out and make a weekend of it (see logistics pack for details).

AGI Northern Ireland have done an excellent helping to put together a great programme of content for the event and there are some really important discussions to be had around Open Geospatial.

We hope to see you on the 13 May.