Today’s guest blog is by Diane Sandeman at the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). The AGI is the membership body for geographic information professionals. It is an independent organisation which promotes the use of GI and champions its value for the benefit of every individual, business and the economy.
Already a quarter of the way through the year and I wonder how many of us even recall how many ‘New Year Resolutions’ we made?! Was 2015 the year you planned to become more active? Of course, being active isn’t all about the physical.
For those who want to extend their career or personal interests in 2015, being an active part of a community can bring a range of benefits. This can range from improved opportunities in the workplace, to the personal satisfaction of giving back and creating a great new network. AGI Members often feed back that getting involved and actively engaging with their peers is one of the most valued benefits of their membership.
We spend our days scheduling work activities – why not take some time to plan those resolutions (personal or professional) into the calendar too? It’s never too late.
Here are some spring resolution opportunities (er, shamelessly self-promoting, sorry Ed.) you can plan in now:
- Join the AGI either on a corporate or individual level to make a difference by getting involved. For example, joining a Special Interest Group (or start your own if you spot a gap, why not?)
- Enter a colleague’s or your own innovative GI project for the AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence 2015.
- Register for a last minute place at the BIM: The Next Level event being held in Cambridge Thurs, 23rd
- Register for our Sensors & Mobile event being held in Belfast on Thurs 14th We have national and regional groups too, so why not find out about them and join in one that meets near you?
- Submit a paper for any of our remaining Geo: The Big 5 series of events in 2015, especially for our annual conference GeoCom: Resilient Futures, being held in November.
- Encourage your colleagues to join the Early Careers Network.
- Look out for jobs in GI which our members advertise on our website.
- Help the AGI’s aim to grow the use and impact of GI across other sectors.
The AGI operate with a small, very committed office team and big ambition. We want to continue our mission and ensure that we continue to deliver in driving the development of geographic information in the UK.
We value support from a wide range of volunteers, from our Council to our active groups, in addition to our Partners and Corporate Members. We would love you to come along and play your part. GI is shaping the future, and so can you.