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29th May 2015

Building a Geospatial Career

Earlier this year, the AGI’s Early Careers Network joined forces with Geovation to discuss geospatial careers with an expert panel from across the industry, exploring the evolution of the geospatial industry and jobs, skills requirements of the industry and sharing some insights from their own unique experiences.

You can watch the recording of this event here.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts, email us at ecn@agi.org.uk or tweet us @AGI_ECN.

We would like to extend a big thank you to our panellists for this excellent discussion.

Charlotte Bishop, Project Manager at KSAT and Chair of GRSG

Denise McKenzie, Director of the Benchmark Initiative at Geovation and Chair of AGI

Luke Hampson, Partnership and Outreach Manager at Ordnance Survey

Matt Leaver, Technical Director of GIS at Arcadis

Tom Perks, Senior GIS Specialist at Thomson Environmental Consultants

 

 

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29th May 2015

The AGI Student of the Year Judging Criteria

This award is open to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) of universities in the United Kingdom for work done in the academic year 2013/2014 (Sept. 2013 - Sept. 2014). Your submission should include: information about: course, institution and thesis grade, research need addressed, technologies / methods used, outcomes and potential applications.

How it will be judged?
When the judging panel assemble before assessing the nominations, they will establish a set of common criteria within the broad set of themes listed below and will score each entry against each theme: 0 (low) to 10 (high) based on the evidence provided in the submission. The broad themes are:

1) Concept
Innovation, Design, Development, Relevance
Judges will assess the relevance of the research to the needs of the GI community and the innovativeness of the work.

2) Technology
Innovation, Best Practice, Complexity
Judges will assess whether the technology used is particularly novel and/or complex and whether principles of Best Practice have been utilised or promoted.

3) Value
Cost, Benefit, Need; Distinctiveness
Judges will assess the value of the study in terms of application in industry and contribution to knowledge in this area.

4) Impact
Results, Delivery, Efficiency, Recipients
Judges will assess the overall impact of the study and its current or potential future use.

5) Uniqueness/fit
Judges will also be looking for aspects which make the entry particularly stand out or make it particularly suited to the award.

Who will it be judged by?
Each entry will be assessed by 3 judges per award:
•    Coordinator: a council member responsible for coordinating the judging process for the award
•    Head Judge: an industry figure with expertise particularly relevant to the award. In the event of a split decision, the Head Judge has the deciding vote.
•    Sponsor Judge: the award sponsor (e.g. software vendor or data / service provider) will nominate a judge for the award.

Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interests when reviewing the submissions and where a conflict of interest arises, they will be asked to refrain from commenting on that submission.

Who is Eligible?
Undergraduate or postgraduate theses / dissertations from UK Institutions on topics in the field of geographic information handling and analysis are eligible for this award and which have involved work over a period of at least 3 months. Submissions may be made by individual students or by their academic supervisors, in the form of a 2-3 page synopsis (please do not submit your thesis).

Please submit your nomination here.

29th May 2015

The AGI Award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit Judging Criteria

This award recognises outstanding achievement in the use of geospatial technology that has had a positive impact on business processes or practices (Business As Usual – BAU) and can demonstrate significant return on investment (RoI).
Impact and RoI will be judged relatively according to the size of the project/organisation.

How it will be judged?
When the judging panel assemble before assessing the nominations, they will establish a set of common criteria within the broad set of themes listed below and will score each entry against each theme: 0 (low) to 10 (high) based on the evidence provided in the submission. The broad themes are:

1) Concept
Innovation, Design, Development, Relevance
Judges will assess the relevance of the research to the needs similar organisations and the innovativeness of the work.

2) Technology
Innovation, Best Practice, Complexity
Judges will assess whether the technology used is particularly novel and/or complex and whether principles of Best Practice have been utilised or promoted.

3) Value
Cost, Benefit, Need; Distinctiveness
Judges will assess the value (ROI) relative to project scale and the significance of the business benefits to the recipient organisation.

4) Impact
Results, Delivery, Efficiency, Recipients
Judges will assess the overall impact of the work and will consider the potential for emulating the approaches to deliver similar benefits to other organisations.

5) Uniqueness/fit
Judges will also be looking for aspects which make the entry particularly stand out or make it particularly suited to the award.

Who will it be judged by?
Each entry will be assessed by 3 judges per award:
•    Coordinator: a council member responsible for coordinating the judging process for the award
•    Head Judge: an industry figure with expertise particularly relevant to the award. In the event of a split decision, the Head Judge has the deciding vote.
•    Sponsor Judge: the award sponsor (e.g. software vendor or data / service provider) will nominate a judge for the award.

Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interests when reviewing the submissions and where a conflict of interest arises, they will be asked to refrain from commenting on that submission.

Who is eligible?
In order to truly recognise excellence in GI, the awards are open to anyone using geographic information whose institute/organisation or company have an address in the UK, regardless of their membership to the AGI. However, AGI members will receive a discounted rate to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Please submit your nomination here.

29th May 2015

The AGI Award for Excellence with Impact Judging Criteria

This award recognises those projects which have achieved outstanding success or impact – whether this be within an organisation or at a local, regional, national or international scale. Impact will be measured relative against the projects aims (and scale) and could be societal, humanitarian, environmentally and/or financially based.

How it will be judged?
When the judging panel assemble before assessing the nominations, they will establish a set of common criteria within the broad set of themes listed below and will score each entry against each theme: 0 (low) to 10 (high) based on the evidence provided in the submission. The broad themes are:

1) Concept
Innovation, Design, Development, Relevance
Judges will be looking for high project performance relative to project scale (budget and team) as well as the issues addressed.

2) Technology
Innovation, Best Practice, Complexity
Judges will assess whether the technology used is particularly novel and/or complex and whether principles of Best Practice have been utilised or promoted.

3) Value
Cost, Benefit, Need; Distinctiveness
Judges will assess the project value relative to scale and also the need addressed, including how far the benefits of the project are realised.

4) Impact
Results, Delivery, Efficiency, Recipients
Judges will assess the overall impact of the project, and also in terms of potential applicability more widely.

5) Uniqueness/fit
Judges will also be looking for aspects which make the entry particularly stand out or make it particularly suited to the award.

Who will it be judged by?
Each entry will be assessed by 3 judges per award:
•    Coordinator: a council member responsible for coordinating the judging process for the award
•    Head Judge: an industry figure with expertise particularly relevant to the award. In the event of a split decision, the Head Judge has the deciding vote.
•    Sponsor Judge: the award sponsor (e.g. software vendor or data / service provider) will nominate a judge for the award.

Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interests when reviewing the submissions and where a conflict of interest arises, they will be asked to refrain from commenting on that submission.

Who is eligible?
In order to truly recognise excellence in GI, the awards are open to anyone using geographic information whose institute/organisation or company have an address in the UK, regardless of their membership to the AGI. However, AGI members will receive a discounted rate to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Please submit your nomination here.

29th May 2015

The AGI Award for Excellence in Research & Development Judging Criteria

This award acknowledges those projects that have advanced best practice, technology, data or tools to the benefit of the geospatial industry. Nominations may want to comment upon the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of their project.

How it will be judged?
When the judging panel assemble before assessing the nominations, they will establish a set of common criteria within the broad set of themes listed below and will score each entry against each theme: 0 (low) to 10 (high) based on the evidence provided in the submission. The broad themes are:

1) Concept
Innovation, Design, Development, Relevance
Judges will assess the relevance of the research to the needs of the GI community and the innovativeness of the work.

2) Technology
Innovation, Best Practice, Complexity
Judges will assess whether the technology used is particularly novel and/or complex and whether principles of Best Practice have been utilised or promoted.

3) Value
Cost, Benefit, Need; Distinctiveness
Judges will assess the significance of the research to the community / industry and how widely these benefits will be felt.

4) Impact
Results, Delivery, Efficiency, Recipients
Judges will assess the impact of the work in terms of uptake / potential new uses and markets etc.

5) Uniqueness/fit
Judges will also be looking for aspects which make the entry particularly stand out or make it particularly suited to the award.


Who will it be judged by?
Each entry will be assessed by 3 judges per award:
•    Coordinator: a council member responsible for coordinating the judging process for the award
•    Head Judge: an industry figure with expertise particularly relevant to the award. In the event of a split decision, the Head Judge has the deciding vote.
•    Sponsor Judge: the award sponsor (e.g. software vendor or data / service provider) will nominate a judge for the award.

Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interests when reviewing the submissions and where a conflict of interest arises, they will be asked to refrain from commenting on that submission.

Who is eligible?
In order to truly recognise excellence in GI, the awards are open to anyone using geographic information whose institute/organisation or company have an address in the UK, regardless of their membership to the AGI. However, AGI members will receive a discounted rate to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Please submit your nomination here.

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