AGI Northern Ireland regional group was formed in 2001, and officially launched in 2002, to raise awareness of geographic information (GI) within Northern Ireland, and to encourage the sharing of knowledge and data between those with an interest in GI.
Since its formation, AGI Northern Ireland (AGI-NI) has established, and maintained, strong partnerships with a range of public and private sector organisations, locally, as well as further afield.
AGI-NI has also developed a program of Industry conference/exhibition events, seminars and site visits with the local GI community in mind. Such events have, and continue to assist in, providing continuing professional development (CPD), networking, and other (business related) opportunities. Furthermore, attendance at AGI-NI events can assist in achieving Chartered Geographer, CGeog (GIS), accreditation through the AGI CPD program.
AGI regional activities are directed by the AGI Northern Ireland Regional Committee. The Committee comprises of 15 active members, with representatives from both the public and private sectors. The group is currently chaired by Rico Santiago, Ordnance Survey NI.
At a policy level, AGI-NI has representation on the Northern Ireland GI Strategy Delivery Board, local and regional stakeholder and GI user groups, professional associations, as well as representation at national level on AGI Council, London.
Clearly, AGI NI provides a local focus - as well as forum, for AGI members in Northern Ireland, enabling the formation of partnerships and improved networking partnerships - amongst other benefits. Its success, however, is highly dependent upon volunteer members, and the involvement of those with an interest in local GI issues. If you are interested in what AGI-NI does, or has to offer, please do consider AGI membership!
You can also keep up to date with AGI Northern Ireland via:
LinkedIn : AGI Northern Ireland
Twitter : @NI_AGI
Recent Events & Activities:
16 November 2017 - AGI-NI Conference 2017 - You are where you live: The prevalence, influence and benefits of location data in the public sphere
AGI Northern Ireland's premiere GI event welcomed GI users, specialists and experts at Belfast City Hall. They welcomed a Plenary from Charles Kennelly of ESRI, talks from keynote speakers Mark Stileman of OSGB, and Stefan Webb and Nelio Matos of Future Cities Catapult, and much more! Download the full agenda here.
AGI-NI Conference 2017 - You are where you live event committee!
The AGI NI National Group was set up to raise awareness and promote GI within a Northern Ireland context. The group is directed by a committee representing a cross section of the GI community in NI. We currently have vacancies for three new members of the committee and would welcome interest from anyone willing to volunteer time to this rewarding role.
We currently meet five times a year, as well as other sub-groups organising the annual AGI Northern Ireland conference and other smaller focus events throughout the year. In addition to representing our members in technical industries and forums, we are also seeking to reach underrepresented sectors like education, health, communities, and the life sciences.
We would appreciate a short note (up to 300 words) indicating your present work areas and how you would like to shape the work of AGI NI in the future and promote awareness and use of GI in NI.
We are particularly looking for individuals prepared to play an active role in growing, diversifying and supporting NI’s GI community through engagement and outreach. We would particularly like to encourage those new to the GI sector or students who may not have a long CV, but who have plenty of enthusiasm!
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your submissions by no later than the 4th of May 2018!
Chair AGI NI