Welcome to our latest newsletter! Keep up to date with our recent and upcoming activities, news, and events (GeoCom18 - 8 November - save the date!)
From the chair:
March - in with a roar and out like a lamb – after another weekend of the Beast from the East I’m certainly looking forward to warmer days!
On Friday, AGI Council had our 2nd meeting of the year – and as you will see in this newsletter, our progress in recent months has been significant, supported by our members and very active contributions from volunteers. The continued growth in our membership is fantastic to see – and I’ll take the opportunity here to welcome new members who have joined us in recent months.
Personally, I’m pleased to see in our activities we are being successful in reaching out beyond what could be seen as our traditional membership – both with public facing audiences (Edinburgh Science Festival on 2 April); new and innovative research (Roger Tomlinson Lecture, 22 March) and for much needed discussions on diversity (Women in Geospatial Breakfast).
I was delighted to be able to attend the AGI Scotland National Event, a demonstration of the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the geospatial community and real innovation against a backdrop of the challenges many organisations are facing (some fantastic presentations on security and the impact of GDPR for example). I also enjoyed hearing from members and in particular views on the Geospatial Commission – which continues to be a very important strand of our activity and engagement.
I look forward to hearing from many more of you at other events this year – and of course, save the date for GeoCom, make sure 8 November is in your calendar!
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
Geospatial Commission Breakfast Briefing
AGI Scotland Annual Event
Tuesday 27th Feb saw a record-breaking turnout for the AGI Scotland Annual Event in Glasgow. Despite the snow, we welcomed a remarkable 150 delegates, 18 fantastic speakers and were supported by eight excellent sponsors (Gold: thinkWhere, Ordnance Survey, Informed Solutions and Europa Technologies, and and Silver: Verisk Geoinformation, CARTO, British Geological Survey and 1Spatial).
Bruce Gittings, AGI Scotland Chair, said "in the near twenty years we have been organising an annual event for Scotland's geospatial community this had the highest attendance".
This year's event had a dual theme; GI applications, where participants got a focused update on the latest innovation and developments in GI in Scotland and beyond, led by a highly graphical keynote by Joann Russell from Historic Environment Scotland. The second theme involved data, security and ethics, with talks ranging from the issues involved in data dissemination to preparation for the 2021 Census, with Don Smith from Dell SecureWorks worrying everyone in the room as to the extent of malicious threats coming from around the world. A full agenda can be downloaded here.
Ryland Karlovich, event organiser, said "This was a fantastic event, lots of new faces and a real buzz, with much discussion in the sessions, over breaks and at lunch."
AGI Scotland would like to say a special thank you to everyone involved; without the support of our sponsors, willingness of speakers, and interest within the GI community, these events are not possible!
It’s been a busy start to 2018 for AGI Scotland! They have announced their Geospatial Emerging Talent Initiative which aims to bring budding geospatial professionals & ambitious businesses together, to prepare individuals for a career in our industry and energise the workplace with enthusiasm and new ideas! More information here.
Women in Geospatial Breakfast
AGI recognised International Women’s Day by supporting this event (with the Geovation Hub and OGC), which celebrated the career paths of some of the great female leaders and innovators in the geospatial industry, and importantly, discuss gendered challenges within our industry. We’d love to support similar events – are you interested in getting involved?
In the news:
We’ve released a variety of press releases this month from Airbus, GeoPlace, and thinkWhere! 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!
Thanks for taking some time to stay up to date with us.
The AGI team