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Bruce Gittings (AGI Scotland Chair), University of Edinburgh

Bruce Gittings is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information at the University of Edinburgh, and delivers courses on technological topics as part of a world-leading Master’s programme in GIS.  He became a Web-GIS pioneer in the mid-1990s, bringing leading web sites such as The World-Wide Earthquake Locator and The Gazetteer for Scotland to the Internet.  He has been involved with AGI Scotland since its inception in 1999, Vice Chair from 2007 and Chair from 2016.  He has also served as Vice Chair of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Chair of the GIS Research UK conference series.  He has worked closely with the GI industry on a number of projects and also helped shape geographical information policy within the Scottish Government and its agencies.  He explores Scotland regularly and has written extensively about its people and places as part of his Gazetteer for Scotland.  He has visited the most easterly, westerly, northerly and southerly points of the Scotland (Out Skerries, St Kilda, Herma Ness on Unst and the Mull of Galloway) and driven an Edinburgh tram.