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June 16th, 2009
AGI GeoCommunity ’09 – “Realising the Value of Place”

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Following a busy two-day process, finalising the 2009 conference programme, the organisers have blended the big topics and issues of the moment with learning opportunities and a celebration of the power of geography to transform people’s lives and make a difference.

This year delegates at GeoCommunity will have some difficult choices to make between over 80 options across 7 streams of presentations, interactive sessions and hands on workshops.

The implementation of INSPIRE and national and regional SDI’s will be a prime interest for some of our delegates whilst for others the new Geoweb stream will provide an opportunity to demonstrate how neogeography is changing the ways we use, present and share information.

In the Local Communities stream we go from crime reduction to the evolution of place names.  There are additional streams on Visualisation, the Environment, Making the Case and GeoServices (GIS in the cloud) and a stream entitled All About Data with some very thought provoking presentations.

Privacy is becoming a subject of increasing concern for some of us whilst others are more focussed on the benefits of pervasive location.  The GeoCommunity will have the chance to join in an informative discussion on location and privacy with a group of experts.

You will also be stimulated, inspired and entertained by our plenary guest speakers, Andrew Turner, an originator of neogeography and CTO of Fortius and founder of GeoCommons, Peter Batty, former CTO of SmallWorld and Intergraph. To finish the conference, a truly inspirational presentation from the teachers and pupils of the Grammar School at Leeds on the way GI is integrated into the whole curriculum will be delivered.

On the second day there will be keynotes on the theme Realising the Value of Place from the leaders of our Platinum Sponsor organisations – ESRI UK, Ordnance Survey and Pitney Bowes Business Insight.

Conference Chairman Steven Feldman mentioned a new venture. ‘We wanted to give a platform to even more people to speak at the conference. This year we are launching the GeoCommunity Soapbox; 10 lightning pitches by GeoCommunity delegates on topics selected by the conference attendees. It promises to be a fun session, come and learn about ‘digital tomatoes’

A conference is not just about plenaries, papers and interactive sessions – we also need opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones. What better way to start than by coming up to Stratford on the Tuesday for the pre-conference activities and the ice-breaker evening with a quirky poet and a challenging quiz? On the second night we have our Black and White GeoCommunity party, a live band plus a load of games and activities and of course a well-stocked bar and delicious eats,’ he added.

To see the AGI ’09 GeoCommunity Programme click here.

Discounted early bird rates end June 30th. To secure your early bird place and hotel accommodation please book now to avoid disappointment!  Conference places can be booked online here.

About AGI GeoCommunity ’09
The AGI GeoCommunity conference is the UK’s biggest independent GI conference and is delivered by the nation’s dedicated GI membership association. Now well established as a centrally located residential conference, AGI GeoCommunity has become extremely popular. AGI GeoCommunity is ideally structured for a great diversity of activities; plenaries, keynotes, conference papers, workshops, debates, networking, social activities and much more.

More information on GeoCommunity can be found at  http://twurl.nl/rmwe83
Follow GeoCommunity at http://twitter.com/GeoCommunity
Join the GeoCommunity discussion on LinkedIn at http://twurl.nl/lrf4lh

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