London, June 8th -- Following a busy two-day process, finalising the GeoCommunity ‘09 Conference Programme for “Realising the Value of Place” during which they reviewed 120 submmissions, the organisers announced a program that blends 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 of prime interest to some delegates whilst for others the new Geoweb stream will provide an opportunity to share how neogeography is changing the ways people use, present and share information.
The Local Communities stream ranges 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 and topical presentations.
Privacy is becoming a subject of increasing concern for some whilst others are more focussed on the benefits of pervasive location. GeoCommunity delegates will have the chance to join in an informative discussion on location and privacy with a group of experts.
Delegates will also be stimulated, inspired and entertained by the plenary guest speakers, Andrew Turner, an originator of neogeography and CTO of FortiusOne and founder of GeoCommons and Peter Batty, former CTO of SmallWorld and Intergraph. To finish the conference there will be a truly inspirational presentation from the teachers and pupils of the Grammar School at Leeds on the way GI is integrated into the whole school curriculum.
Conference Chairman Steven Feldman introduced the program and a new venture. 'This has been the best year yet for paper submissions. The quality and range have been truly stunning and the conference team had a tough job choosing which ones to leave out.
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. This will be the most dynamic, interactive and thought provoking GeoCommunity that we have ever staged'
To see the AGI '09 GeoCommunity Programme http://bit.ly/ez1ll
About AGI GeoCommunity
GeoCommunity is the largest independent GI event in the UK. In 2008, the 2 day residential conference based in Stratford upon Avon attracted over 600 delegates who participated in more than 50 workshops, presentations and debates.
GeoCommunity runs from 22nd to 24th September at the Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon
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