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AGI GeoCom Conference – Scottish Preview

Chesford Grange Hotel

Chesford Grange Hotel

The programme for this year’s AGI Annual GeoCom Conference will announced shortly – in the meantime, we’re able to give you an exclusive preview of Scottish content that will be included.

The conference will be held from 11-13 November, at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. It’s within easy reach of Birmingham, for those travelling by train or air from Scotland and also has good road transport links. There is more information about the event as a whole from Rollo Home in the August Edition of GIS Professional.

This year, the conference will pull together Geo:The Big 5 (a series which kicked off in Glasgow in February), looking at the links between these and the opportunities for members. The themes across 2014 have been: Future Cities; Open Geospatial; BIM & Asset Management; Big Data; Policy.

Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor) has already been announced as a keynote speaker and will be a highlight of what is going to be an incredibly strong line-up for AGI’s Flagship event as part of 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

More invited speakers are still to be announced, as is the programme generated through the call for papers.The process for having a presentation selected for GeoCom is competitive (many more abstracts were received than there is space for in the programme) and it’s great to see Scottish content on the programme. Specifically:

  • Mixing it Up on the East Side – Ross McDonald, Angus Council
  • Embedding GIS in the delivery of a digitally connected Scotland – Colin Morrison, Scottish Government
  • Approach to INSPIRE and Spatial Data Infrastructure by Scottish Local Government – Iain McKay, Improvement Service
  • Mapping the subjective: getting Scotland’s wild land areas into planning policy – Duncan Blake, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Using CAP Reform to Realise the Data Vision for Scotland – Abigail Page, CGI

AGI Scotland will also run a session in the AGI Group stream – outlining our work over the past 12 months and providing a round up of what is happening in Scotland. If you are at the conference and are interested in getting more involved in AGI Scotland, make sure to attend and catch up with some of the AGI-S Committee.

Of course, the rest of the event content is highly relevant to anyone with an interest in geospatial or the Geo:The Big 5 topics. Keep an eye out for the full programme line-up that will be published shortly at www.geobig5.com.

Booking is open now with a range of packages available.

If you can’t wait until November, there are two further Geo: The Big 5 one day events on 30 September (Big Data, London) and 9 October (Policy, Cardiff) also with great programmes that are worth checking out.

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