Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps

09/03/2008 1:00 pm
09/06/2008 1:00 pm

British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium

The British Cartographic Society has announced the dates and location for its Annual Symposium. Under the banner of Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps,the residential conference will take place from the 3rd to the 6thSeptember, inclusive, at the Harben House Conference facility inNewport Pagnell. This annual event, which has been held every yearsince 1963, was last year given a total revamp offering delegates a newformat and content including a wide choice of topical presentationstogether with a programme of interactive workshops.

“Cartographycontinues to thrive amid both the opportunities and challenges posed bydevelopments in technology,” said Mary Spence, who was awarded an MBEfor her contribution to map design, and is currently President of TheBritish Cartographic Society. “This event is designed to give delegatesthe opportunity to learn about future developments and trends inmapping, debate the challenges facing cartography, gain practicalexperience and get involved with a friendly society that is committedto better mapmaking.”

The Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Mapsconference programme features an impressive line up of industry expertswho will give inspirational presentations on a diverse range of maprelated topics including representatives from the Royal GeographicalSociety, City University, Pitney Bowes MapInfo and the government’sCommunities and Local Government.

In addition to the fullprogramme of presentations delegates can also choose from a range ofhands-on workshops. Topics include ‘Making the most of OS MasterMap’,‘Applying the KISS principle for effective map communication’, ‘Getstarted in mapping!’ and ‘The trials and tribulations of map research’.Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps will also include all thefavourite elements from over four decades' of symposiums; the MapCurators’ Workshop including a visit to the RAF Military IntelligenceMuseum at Chicksands, special interest group meetings, a commercialexhibition, gala dinner and awards ceremony.

As part of theAssociation for Geographic Information (AGI) Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment Programme (CPD) and the Royal Geographical Society with IBG(RGS-IBG) Chartered Geographer scheme, delegates at Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps will be able to use their attendance as part of their annual training objective.

Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Mapsis being organised on behalf of The British Cartographic Society, byTraining 4 GIS, the training and consultancy division of TheGeoInformation Group. Fiona Cocks, Training Director, commented “Lastyear's new look was well received by delegates both old and new and,following an extensive consultation process, Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps hopes to build on this success.”

For further information call the organisers on +44(0)1223 880077.
Media please contact Faith Clark on +44(0)1603 211691