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Welcome to our latest newsletter! 

From the Chair       

Dear Members

With only 2 weeks to go until the highlight of my AGI year, I’m excited about meeting many of you at our Annual General Meeting and GeoCom Annual Conference 

In the last month, Council met for our Strategy and Business Planning weekend – I’m looking forward to sharing our plans with you for 2018 and our vision for the Association during these events. We will share these shortly afterwards with you if you cannot join us.

In addition to representing the AGI at various events and in a number of meetings in recent weeks, I have particularly welcomed the opportunity to meet with UK Government Investments. Members may be aware that the Conservative Party Manifesto included a statement which could directly affect a number of our members and have significant impact on the wider UK geospatial community.  Since its publication the UKGI, who are considering the manifesto commitment and how this may be best delivered, has consulted widely, including with a number of AGI members. I recently met with a member of the team to offer AGI’s assistance in formulating their plans and confirmed our commitment to continue to work with them during implementation of any new approach to maximising the economic impact of geo data in UK.

As you will see from this newsletter, it’s been a busy period for many of our members and volunteers over recent weeks, as well as for Damian. During recent global events I’ve also been in awe of our members who play a significant role in supporting natural disasters, including Map Action.  It’s always good to hear your perspectives on so many diverse matters: please keep in touch and I look forward to speaking with you further soon.

 Abigail Page, AGI Chair

#GeoCom17 is 2 weeks away! Join us at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 26th October for insight into this year’s theme – Smart Geospatial…

Tickets are still on sale - get yours today before it’s too late! Want to know why YOU should attend this year’s conference? Our team have the answers!

Our full speaker line up is now ready. We’re delighted to announce the inclusion of three new speakers who’ll be challenging our perceptions of the need for ‘Smart Geospatial’, and how we can all seize the opportunities now appearing in, and around, our industry: Philip Graham, CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission, Professor Kate Jeffery, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL, and David Johnson, Dep Dir., of Partnerships & Knowledge Exchange (ONS) Data Campus. 

On the day, we’ll also be hearing from YOU. Our lightning speakers will present their views on what’s ahead for the geospatial industry, and our sponsors will be on hand to share insights throughout the day. 

(We recently welcomed Gold Sponsor Extensis, Silver and Drinks Sponsor Europa Technologies, Silver Sponsors; British Geological Survey, Avineon, Informed Solutions, and Lunch Sponsor 1Spatial – a fantastic commitment from some of the leading names in our industry.)

Join us in London for 2 days full of #GeoJoy:

UNGGIM –  2:15pm-4:00pm - free  

The AGI AGM – 5:00pm-6:00pm - open to all members

GeoMob – 6:30pm-8:30pm – free

… and #GeoCom17 – open to everyone, get your tickets now

 Recent activities

The AGI recently supported the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) Annual Conference in Edinburgh on September 12th.  Thanks to the Ordnance Survey and Digital Scotland, and Keynote speakers Roger Halliday, Chief Data Officer for the Scottish Government, and John Kimmance, Head of Government Relations for Ordnance Survey, the event was a great success!

The AGI exhibited at GeoData 2017 Scotland Showcase yesterday. The one day seminar offered access to a dual-track presentation programme, an exhibition showcasing the latest geospatial products and services and the opportunity to network with others throughout the day. 

AGI SIG, Insurance and Risk, and The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), held their event; Earthquakes from space: Earth Observation for quantifying earthquake risks, on the 25th of September. The free event aimed to expose how earth observation, satellite and geospatial technologies help to better quantify earthquake risk.

Last week AGI Cymru held their annual get together; GeoCymru: Opportunities and Challenges around Free and Open Source Geospatial and Open Data, in Cardiff. Hosted by AGI and with support from OSGeo:UK, the event welcomed a day of great speakers and a workshop demonstrating the utilisation of Open Data in practical applications.

It has been a busy few months for public affairs. Damian Testa (the AGI’s Senior Public Affairs Manager) visited the AGI Scotland meeting and One Scotland Mapping Agreement conference, as well as further meetings to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Damian has also coordinated and submitted several joint AGI/ RGS-IBG consultation responses to:

  • The Mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy. Our response welcomes the level of ambition in the draft Strategy, but also sets out how it could be enhanced by more explicit recognition of the changes to the way we live that will come through technological advances underpinned by geographic/located based information and insight.
  • ONS Review of the Statistics Code of Practice. This is an important tool in protecting official statistics by setting the standards that ensure the public can have confidence in them. Our response is broadly supportive of the draft updated code, but also proposes ways to improve it – such as retention of the specific reference to geographic referencing and coding in the code, which ONS has suggested be removed.
  • UNSDG in the UK. We have also commented on the ONS approach to measuring and reporting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. Our response provided views on specific ways in which we would like ONS to report or provide access to data for global indicators.

Damian has also extended the AGI’s collaboration opportunities. As a result, the British Property Federation (BPF) conducted a member survey on the use of GI (reaching more than 3,000 members). We have also secured an invitation for us to visit the BPF Planning Committee when it next meets in early 2018 – and we are now exploring opportunities with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), as well. These initiatives are all helping to raise the profile and build the reputation of the AGI.

 Upcoming events

 In the news

We’ve released a variety of press releases this month from Airbus, Europa Technologies, Cadcorp, Informed Solutions and OceanWise. These provide a great insight into what our corporate members are up to. We always like to highlight interesting industry news so follow us on Twitter!

As ever, if there’s anything you would like to share with the AGI community, be it a personal insight into the industry, a corporate member’s event or press release, then get in touch. Send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but no fake news please!

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

Best wishes, 

The AGI team

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