AGI starts 2020 with a new mission that puts geospatial at the heart of a sustainable future
Applying geospatial to the global challenge of achieving sustainability is the aim of a new mission unveiled today by the UK’s largest membership organisation for the geospatial sector.
The move comes as the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) marks 30 years at the heart of the UK geospatial community and embraces a mission to be a thriving UK Geospatial Community, actively supporting a sustainable future.
AGI Chair, Denise McKenzie said: “Call it what you will – geospatial, place or location. Understanding “where” in our world has never been more relevant or important. Thinking geographically is vital if we are to truly understand and act upon the challenges faced by the planet and its people.”
“I am delighted to announce that our mission for 2020 and beyond is to be a thriving UK Geospatial Community, actively supporting a sustainable future. Sustainable in our environment, our social world and our industry. We are all passionate about the benefits of our location based information. By demonstrating its practical value in tackling critical issues which affect society as a whole, we can open doors to new opportunities for its use.”
The renewed mission builds on the AGI’s commitment to maximise the use of geographic information for the benefit of all and follows its 2019 GeoCom event, which focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities for geospatial to play a key part in hitting net zero.
Denise added: “In 1989, when the Association was first established, geographic information was a niche specialism that needed nurturing and promoting. Today, it is used by millions of people around the world as part of a digitally connected global economy engaging across multiple platforms and geographies.”
“Geographic information has always closely been aligned with understanding all aspects of our world. By investing in geospatial skills and a strong, thriving geospatial community, the AGI – with its members – has a key part to play in supporting the future development of the UK’s geospatial capability.”
The AGI is an independently-funded and impartial organisation with over 1000 individual and organisation level members. By reflecting the passion of its strong professional network, the Association challenges, develops and supports its members, whether they are just starting a geospatial career or have many years of experience.
It works professionally and collaboratively with partners, members and wider industry to provide thought leadership and to maximise the benefits delivered by geospatial and geographic information, as well as to promote further awareness of its potential.