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From the Chair                                

Welcome to our latest newsletter, catch up on all our events and activities as we work to support you in being the voice of the geospatial industry. I had the pleasure of meeting a number of past chairs at this year’s Cambridge Conference, you can read more from me on this and our advocacy work in the upcoming issue of GIS Professional.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank members for their support, whether it be via #GeoCom17 sponsorship, representing us at workshops or sharing industry news. I hope to see many of you at the great upcoming events listed below. I particularly welcome discussions on what’s important to our members as we continue to move the AGI forward, contact me or the AGI Office anytime if you need support or assistance via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have you bought your ticket yet to #GeoCom17 – Smart GeoSpatial - on Thursday, 26th October 2017?

There’s still time to get your ticket at the earlybird rate. Act fast before it’s too late!

This month we were pleased to announce two more exciting speakers at this year’s GeoCom. Tom Smith, managing director of the Office for National Statistics will be talking about excellence in public/private sector data use, while Charlotte Jee (editor of Techworld) will give us the benefit of her experience of reporting on tech issues in government, politics and the public sector.  

#GeoCom17 is all about sharing ideas, so if you’ve got something you’d like to talk about at the conference why not submit an idea for a lightning talk – you could be taking centre stage for 7 mins! And if you’re STILL not convinced, take a look at our Top 5 Reasons to visit GeoCom!

Our #GeoCom17 sponsors

In addition to our platinum sponsor Carto, Gold sponsors Cadline, Deetu and Ordnance Survey, and Media Partner GIS Professional, this month we were glad to welcome new Gold sponsors Geo Business Show 2018 and Verisk Analytics, as well as Silver Sponsors Sterling GeoCadcorp and Nautoguide! Without the support of these organisations at the forefront of the geospatial industry the event would not be possible, so we’re very grateful to all of them! 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s this year’s winner of the AGI Award 2017 for Career Achievement in GI…

We’re still looking for nominations for this prestigious award. If you’d like to nominate someone please let us know by 15th September so that we have time to deliberate before the presentation at the end of the #GeoCom17 event on 26th October. Click here for more info.

What the AGI has been up to recently

One of this month’s biggest events was the ECN webinar, led by Matt Pennells – AGI council member. Matt discussed his work for the charity MapAction, which offers humanitarian aid in the form of GIS services to countries recovering from the aftermath of disasters across the world. You can watch the webinar online, and read the viewers Q&A on volunteering and geospatial.

AGI’s joint funded Public Affairs Manager has been super busy, read what he has been up to on your behalf here including a joint submission on Transport Scotland’s recent National Transport Strategy review.

Taking part in the conversation on standards, the AGI was represented at a recent workshop discussing how standards could be used in a recent government proposal to have a register for brownfield sites. Did you attend? Should you attend the next workshop? Read more here.

Last week we asked you to contribute to the meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much time to submit ideas, but the AGI is looking into how we can improve the communication of ideas and feedback from these events. We expect to be reporting back on the meeting this autumn, so watch this space! Input is still welcome, read our article online for more details and the meeting agenda.

In the news

We’ve released a number of press releases this July, and it’s always great to see what our corporate members are up to. From award winning emoji maps to satellite construction, go to the AGI news page to find out the latest geospatial developments. We always like to highlight interesting industry news so follow us on Twitter. Did you see the one about being confident?

As ever, if there’s anything else you’d like to share with the AGI community, either a personal insight into the industry or one of our recent or upcoming events, or a corporate member’s event or press release, send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No #fakenews please!

Upcoming events

  • In case you hadn’t realised, on Thursday 26th October the AGI will be holding its annual conference #GeoCom17! There’s still time to get your earlybird ticket here, don’t leave it too late!
  • AGI Cymru in association with OSGeo:UK have announced this year’s GeoCymru event to be held on 2nd October 2017.
  • We’re also pleased to announce that the AGI-NI conference has been scheduled for Thursday 16th November 2017 in Belfast City Hall. AGI-NI is calling for papers now, which must be submitted by Friday 29th September 2017.
  • AGI Scotland will once again be supporting GeoDATA 2017 Scotland Showcase  in Edinburgh on 12th October 2017.

Keep an eye on the events page for details on all of these events, and many more. There are several corporate member organised training days approaching, why not take some time to focus on your CPD?

Thanks for taking some time to stay up to date with us.

Best wishes, 

The AGI team

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