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Awarding Excellence in GI

The deadline for submissions for the AGI awards is this week (31 Oct). There is still time to enter and the nomination form is really straight forward.

Earlier this year I was delighted to be invited to attend the inaugural Holyrood ICT Connect Awards in Glasgow. Among the nominees were The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), listed in two categories for their innovative project using mobile GIS to transform their data collection methods, developed by Edinburgh based company Sigma Seven.

It was a fantastic evening and even more so as SEPA won the Connect Innovate Award. My congratulations go to all of the team involved and it was fantastic to see a geospatial project recognised at the event.

Connect ICT Awards 2013

SEPA & Sigma Seven Team – Holyrood ICT Connect Award Winners

So, why are awards valuable? We all carry out our projects in the workplace, sometimes in challenging circumstances, difficult deadlines, or resource issues. We do our projects as part of our day jobs, to support our organisations and colleagues. Thinking about them as award-worthy or industry exemplars doesn’t really come into it.

However, at the end of a successful project when you have over come hurdles and have proven the value of your team and expertise then it is time to look back and celebrate. Sharing your success with the wider community benefits us all on a number of levels.

Recognition for the importance of GI –  In difficult economic circumstances many are trying to make the case for why investment in GI is so important, including the AGI on behalf of our members. We need your stories and excellent case studies of exemplar projects to sell this to a wide audience.

Recognition for your own organisation – Being presented with a national award can demonstrate your own organisation as being forward thinking and innovative. Recognition as a company that innovates and supports the use of GI can be useful for attracting good people who want to work for you and generate valuable publicity.

Recognition for your team & individuals – Recently an AGI member told me of the increased internal profile of their team following an award nomination and the support that followed. Being recognised for an award also is a boost to your own profile (within your own organisation and externally) and continual professional development. Finally, there is the chance to take some time out of the office with your team and celebrate your achievements at the Annual Awards Event at the wonderful RGS building in London.

thinkWhere – 2012 AGI Award Winners

At the 2012 AGI Awards,  Scottish based company thinkWhere (formerly Forth Valley GIS) received the “Innovation and Achievement (Private Sector) 2012” award for their work with Millar & Bryce on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP). At this year’s award ceremony, the winner of best paper from GeoCommunity, Glasgow’s Future Cities project, will be receiving an award. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have even more Scottish winners in 2013?

There are a number of award categories and I hope you will consider putting one of your own projects forward – but be quick to make sure you meet that deadline. Good luck everyone!

PS – The nominations for AGI Council also close on the same date, there is more information here and I have written a guest blog about being an AGI Council member if you want some additional information on what is involved.

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