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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


Map Africa 2008: The Prestigious African Conference on Geospatial Technology

08/25/2008 9:00 am
08/26/2008 5:00 pm

Cape Town, July 10, 2008 – GIS Development, organiser of Map Africa 2008, the third Annual African Conference and Exhibition on Geographical Information Technology and Applications, is pleased to announce the distinguished line of Conference Speakers. Map Africa 2008, which is being co-organised by the Department of Land Affairs, is scheduled for August 25 – 26, 2008 at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, .

Dr. Derek Clarke, Chief Director: Surveys and Mapping, and co-organiser of the conference said, “Map Africa 2008 brings to us top quality international speakers in the field of geo-spatial information science and technology, such as Vanessa Lawrence, Ian Williamson, Bill Cartwright and Josef Strobl. Having such renowned speakers on our doorstep at the same time does not happen often, so this is a golden opportunity to interact with these experts and our colleagues from Africa. My staff will participate in building their knowledge of the utilization of geo-spatial information for the development of Africa.”

On the occasion, Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer GIS Development expressed his pleasure by stating, “We are really glad to announce the distinguished line of speakers for Map Africa 2008. I am confident that the expertise and experience of such outstanding speakers will contribute to developing the knowledge base of the African geospatial community. I am also pleased to inform that this year at the exhibition of Map Africa, we have an excellent mix of international as well as African companies who will put on display their latest technology and services. I welcome all speakers, participants and exhibitors to the conference and sincerely hope that each participant can derive maximum out of this opportunity.”

For more information about the conference please see the press release below.


GeoWeb 2008 Conference - Infrastructure: Local to Global

07/21/2008 8:00 am
07/25/2008 8:00 pm

The term "GeoWeb" or Geospatial Web refers to the ability to locally/globally integrate and share geospatial information via the Internet.  

The GeoWeb 2008 conference reflects the breadth, evolution and growing maturity of the GeoWeb and is one of the only conferences focusing exclusively on the convergence of GIS and the Internet, and the economic potential associated with the convergence of XML, web services and GIS.  This exciting annual conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada from July 21-25th, 2008 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The GeoWeb 2008 conference welcomes both public and private organizations to meet, discuss and learn about today’s most innovative geospatial technologies.

GeoWeb 2008 reflects a growing awareness of the need to interpret geospatial information in the broadest possible terms, especially in the context of the built environment, where information sharing and collaboration is key to the increased productivity, efficiency and vastly improved decision making.  We hi-light this in GeoWeb 2008 with the theme on CAD/BIM/GIS Integration as we build toward GeoWeb 2009 Cityscapes.

The theme for the 2008 conference is “Infrastructure:  Local to Global”, which implies the GeoWeb has a local community dimension as well as a global dimension.  The integration of global aggregators will drive the creation of local infrastructures and will give rise to a global infrastructure.  Additional points of discussion will include:

  • Global Aggregators and Data Communities
  • GeoWeb in Security and Defense
  • Real Time Emergency Response and Environmental Security
  • Neo-Geo, User Generated Data and the GI Professional
  • CAD-BIM-GIS-Games Integration – 3D Cityscapes (Worlds Real and Virtual)
  • Infrastructure for Information – Building Alongside Physical Infrastructure
  • Municipal SDI in the GeoWeb
  • Imaging, Coverages and Information Infrastructures


National Aboriginal Day Celebrations in Victoria: 21 June

06/21/2008 1:30 pm
06/21/2008 7:00 pm

Ry Moran along with Ron Rice, President of the Victoria Native Friendship Center and
Shannon MacGillvary of MacGillvary and Associates are very pleased to announce a
wonderful and community minded National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Ship Point on
Saturday, June 21st.

The inclusive event will feature a number of prominent musicians and artists. Recent
Juno award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner Sandy Scofield will
perform as will other top aboriginal talent such Niska, the LeLeLa Dancers, Auntie Kate
and Manik 1Derful. Well-known roots musician Art Napoleon will MC and perform at
the event. An artists market will also take place.

"Our goal is to create a great space where people can experience and enjoy some of the
top aboriginal talent on Vancouver Island and in British Columbia. Everyone is very
welcome to attend this free event" says Ry, also a noted aboriginal musician.

The artists market will commence at 1pm on the 21st with entertainment and cultural
presentations commencing at 1:30pm. The event will wrap up at 7pm.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to get a good seat!