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"Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream." - Josephine Neuse
It may be a cold month, but I love January. In recent years I’ve thought less about resolutions and more about goals, on both a personal and professional level. I particularly like that quote - as I’ve expressed to Council before, I see our role as elected members on Council less about managing an Association, but very much about getting the right environment and components in place to let our members and our industry flourish.
It’s been a fantastic start to the year for the Association. As you will see from the news below, we have a strong Council in place, elected by you, our members, to guide us through this year. It’s an honour and a privilege to have been elected by Council to serve as AGI Chair again during 2018.
I am also pleased to welcome Tom Flude in the role of Senior Public Affairs Manager to support our advocacy and public affairs work – and my recent meeting with the new Government Head of Geography, David Wood, gives me high hopes that we’ll see significant progress in UK Government’s support for geography; both as a profession and in the value of geographic information being recognised even further.
Abigail Page, AGI Chair, David Wood, Government Head of Geography, & Peter ter Haar, AGI Vice Chair
Strategically, our engagement with UK Government Investments regarding the Geospatial Commission continues to be well received and it’s now important that we hear from you, our members, on this exciting step forward. It’s January – dream big – what could we achieve?!
Thank you for your continuing support and please always get in touch with your views and ideas – it’s what drives us forward.
Abigail Page, AGI Chair
Meet our new Council members:
What a great way to start the year! We have formally welcomed aboard six newly-elected members to serve the AGI’s Council for a three-year term. Each Council member contributes a unique array of expertise, knowledge and an all-important insight into the GI industry. The new Council will join those who continue their term to strengthen our outreach and engagement with our members and provide support to our Public Affairs and Advocacy work.
Read the full biographies here.
Council have elected Abigail Page to continue her term as AGI Chair for 2018. She is joined by Peter ter Haar as Vice Chair; and Chris Chambers and Merryn Henderson acting as Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary respectively – further supported in our operational Executive Group by Dave Lovell and Matt Pennells.
The AGI and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have warmly welcomed Tom Flude, as our new Senior Public Affairs Manager. Tom possesses valuable policy, strategy and public affairs experience from the public sector and non-profit organisations. Both organisations agree that he will play an integral role in ensuring the strengths of geography and geographic information are recognised, and their applications utilised more widely across the public, private and third sectors.
Did you know, this is just one of the many benefits of being an AGI member? Behind the scenes, we can refer new contacts and industry colleagues to your most interesting, online geographic information case studies!
As an organisation, we want to maximise the use of GI in as many ways as possible. In the past, we’ve spent time hunting down papers and case studies ourselves, on a case by case basis. But now, with a brand new Geospatial Commission in the offing, we’d like to create a bigger and better library of geographic information case studies on the AGI website – something that you and your colleagues can access as a resource, too.
So, this is a call for your case studies, highlighting problems solved using geographic information (as opposed to product or service promotions). Tell us, which examples would you like decision-makers to hear about?
We’ll add a broad range of submitted studies to our AGI template and promote them via social media (with links back to your business, naturally). What’s more, with the help of Tom Flude, our new Senior Public Affairs Manager, we’ll make sure decision-makers get to see even more examples of the great work you’re doing as a member of the AGI.
We all welcome news of the Geospatial Commission – deriving greater value for UK plc from the many agencies creating or using geographic information in government today. As UK citizens, we should all benefit greatly. It is excellent news for the UK geocommunity!
Your opinion matters: Many vendors, suppliers, and AGI members are interested in the Commission’s work. Following on from our topical GeoCom Breakfast Briefing, we’re inviting you to join us, meeting selected guests, on February 22nd (8am, times to be confirmed) at the Church House in Westminster– with breakfast, of course – when we’ll be discussing the scope, logistics, and potential for the Commission’s outcomes. We’ll be asking key questions like this:
This will be a moderated event, free of charge to AGI members. We’ll be publishing the outcomes in two forms: as a paper that will be distributed exclusively to AGI members, and in an ongoing series of reports that will be updated as the Commission’s work progresses.
Register your interest now - From the applications, we’ll select around 30 members to join invited guests who represent an excellent cross-section of the GI community in the UK.
Please provide the following information in your application.
What interests you most about the Geospatial Commission’s scope or remit?”
Numbers will be limited, but, large or small, from surveyor to supplier, we encourage you to apply now and share your views on this first, Geospatial Commission-focused Breakfast Briefing.
Send your applications by February 9th!
We are looking forward to AGI Scotland’s Annual Event 2018, on Tuesday 27th February 2018 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. The event will showcase the latest innovation and development in geographic information. So…expect a day of ideas, discussion and networking with fellow members of Scotland’s GI community.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the committee and event organisers, welcoming sponsors who will be exhibiting at the event: Informed Solutions, 1Spatial, thinkWhere, British Geological Survey, Ordnance Survey, Verisk Analytics and CARTO.
On top of that we have an excellent range of speakers including; Layla Gordon, Ordnance Survey, Alan Moore, thinkWhere, Joann Russell, Historic Environment Scotland, Ali Fernie, British Geological Survey, Alex Cadzow, Cadzow Communications Consulting, Julie Proctor, Greenspace, and representatives from EDINA, Informed Solutions and many more!
Topics will include Geo-immersive reality, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, Data Protection, Intelligence from Scanned Maps, Maintaining Security, Ethics and Privacy, and much more!
Tickets are now available to both members and non-member. Based on the popularity of past events and the great delegate price, we expect there to be significant demand….grab yours here today
AGI’s Insurance and Risk SIG and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Disaster Management SIG, held an event at the end of 2017. It welcomed both academics and insurance industry professionals who showcased the potential of earth observation, satellite and geospatial technologies to quantify earthquake risk. Taylor and Francis have since published a report which includes the extended abstracts from the events’ key speakers. A big congratulations to all those involved! Read the full report here.
AGI Council member, Dave Lovell, compiled a response to the Government’s call for evidence on improving the home buying and selling process. Thank you to all who provided input, you can view the response here.
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.
Thanks for taking some time to stay up to date with us.