September 10, 2013


Welcome to Maptember!

This September is busy time for those of us in the world of mapping and with so many mapping related conferences planned, we’ve renamed the month ‘Maptember’.

It kicked off with the Society of Cartographers Annual Summer School Conference during the first few days of September with a jam-packed programme full of interesting topics including mapping the railways and climate change resiliance mapping.

Then the British Cartographic Society, celebrating their 50th anniversary held their Annual Symposium titled ‘Mapping 2013 – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond…’

Our Director General and Chief Executive Vanessa Lawrence delivered an interesting keynote presentation charting the history of Ordnance Survey and the role of cartography moving into the future and the special 50th anniversary event included presentations from the heads of each of the five British mapping and charting agencies.

Then the week ended with State of the Map – the conference of OpenStreetMap, the project to make and distribute free geographic data for the world. This year SOtM was being held in Birmingham, in the heart of the country and Peter ter Haar, our Products and Innovation Director delivered a presentation called ‘Lessons from the crowd: How to be truly authoritative’.

Hot on it’s heels is the AGI Annual Conference – AGI GeoCommunity ’13: Open for Business – which will be held in Nottingham on the 16th to 18th September 2013.

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