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.
This is the 7th year of the AGI GeoCommunity conference, and in that time it has become the largest and most comprehensive independent geo conference in the UK. It’s known for providing insight and leadership in current GI and location-based issues via keynote addresses, conference papers, hands-on training and excellent delegate networking.
We are a strong supporter of the AGI, and this year the conference theme is ‘Open for Business’ which perfectly reflects our initiatives for OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace as well as our future product innovations through the OS Insight programme all of which will be presented at our stand.
We’ll also be making a number of presentations on linked data and open source as well as Vanessa Lawrence presenting at the opening plenary.
And ending the month, for the first time ever, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conferences is coming to the UK. FOSS4G is the annual conference for the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Foundation which is the global, non-profit organisation created to support collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use.
Ordnance Survey makes extensive use of open source across the business from corporate core technologies (including web servers, firewalls, server operating systems) to everyday products (such as the map servers and web shop) through to the browser you’re probably reading this blog on (Firefox?).
The event is expected to draw delegates from across the world, attracted by the huge volume of papers (over 200 spread across 9 streams – 5 from the OS), workshops (5 streams over 4 days – with our own Paul Naylor presenting on Cartographic Design), as well as two days of GeoHack (taking place in the ‘geotent’), unconference sessions, CodeSprints, Bird of a Feather meetings and a wide range of social activities.
And then, when we get to the end of that, I think we’ll be in much need to getting back to our daily business of producing our maps! Roll on October!