Volunteering for INSPIRE : the AGI experience.

Holcroft, Chris; Waters, Robin; Barron, Hugh. 2011 Volunteering for INSPIRE : the AGI experience. [Lecture] In: European Commission INSPIRE Conference, 2011, Edinburgh, UK, 27 June – 1 July 2011. European Commission.

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The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is the UK volunteer membership body for everyone with an interest in geographic information. It serves members from all sectors including public, private, the third sector, academia, students and individuals. This paper describes how a voluntary organisation with very limited funds, and representing a wide cross section of the industry, has made – and is continuing to make – a significant contribution to the development of the INSPIRE Directive. It includes a summary of how AGI has supported the Directive, documenting the validity, the experience and the lessons learnt. Both AGI and INSPIRE seek to ‘maximise the use of geographic information for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce.' AGI has been actively engaged from the first stages of the INSPIRE programme. It has responded to all consultations from the EC as well as those from the UK. This has been achieved by volunteers from across the UK and particularly those in the Devolved Administrations such as Scotland. AGI set up an Action Working Group in 2007 which tracked the Transposition stage and is now ensuring that AGI contributes to the Implementation phase. The AGI’s Scottish committee prepared a report to encourage the Scottish Government to act. This led to the publication of ‘One Scotland - One Geography’ in 2005 which is regarded as a model for other countries to follow. AGI is represented by its Director on the UK Location Council – responsible for the UK Location Strategy and oversight of the UK Location Programme – where it provides a focus for commercial, academic and third sector organisations. AGI has provided direct help for awareness events and technical workshops as well as organising an annual conference that always has INSPIRE or Location Programme ‘streams’.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (Scotland)
NORA Subject Terms: Computer Science
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