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CP024  Geographical Information User Group (08-10) Spatial Information
Project Appreciation and Objectives

Since its inception in 2000, the Geographical Information User Group (GIUG) has provided its participants with a much valued forum to keep abreast of, and maximise value from the incredible developments in Geographical Information Systems and related technology. The current 2 year programme is due to finish in March 08, and a new programme has been developed, which will focus primarily on the following two themes:

  1. Best practice in field data collection.
  2. Using data to provide real business benefit.

These themes have developed as a result of the thorough benchmarking exercise undertaken during the current membership. To maximise the value of the group, agreed topics within these themes will be explored in collaboration with relevant suppliers, interest groups and other industry sectors.

The key power of the GIUG lies in the unique gathering of experts, every quarter, to investigate shared business problems with spatial (location) elements - which accounts for up to 80% of all business information!

Benefits to Clients

  • Identify how to use geographic data to derive genuine business benefit.
  • Adopt best practice in geographical information and related technology.
  • Cost-effectively assess vendor products, through peer review.

Work Programme

  1. Workshops, chaired by Keith Allen, Wide World Systems, will be held each quarter.
  2. A key topic will be agreed as the focus for each workshop. Questionnaires will be circulated to participants to gather data and other relevant information will be gathered from other sectors and interested parties. A digest of findings and key issues will be disseminated ahead of each workshop.
  3. A full presentation on the topic area will be made at each workshop.
  4. Vendors of carefully selected products & services will be invited to give demonstrations at workshops, as and when appropriate.
  5. An archive of questionnaires, presentations and summary reports will be provided on a dedicated web-site.

Project Output

  • Quarterly workshops.
  • Summary position papers.
  • Web-based meeting archive.
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