AGI 2006 Hailed as Success

With only one week to go until the UK's largest integrated conference and exhibition for the professional geographic community opens, AGI2006 is already being hailed as an enormous success. Conference bookings are buoyant, attracted by a world-class conference programme that includes representatives from Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth and a sell out GI focused trade exhibition. AGI2006, organised by the Association for Geographic Information, will be held from the 12-14th September at the Business Design Centre, Islington in London.

The AGI2006 conference theme, 'Better Business by Design', addresses the increasingly fundamental role of geographic information within business and government. This importance is reflected by the quality of the conference speakers; including world-class plenary speakers from Google, Microsoft and BT together with respected players from the world of GI including representatives of LM UK (Nectar), Pole Star and the writer and explorer Kari Herbert. New for 2006 conference delegates will have the opportunity to make their voice heard. For the first time the conference programme will include two debate sessions in which delegates will be able to participate directly and contribute to open debate on such issues as Public Sector Information and the development of the UK GI Strategy.

AGI2006 is a valuable training and networking event; as part of the AGI Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPD) and the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Chartered Geographer scheme attendees at both the conference and exhibition will be able to use their attendance as part of their annual training objective. Visitors to AGI2006 can also network with their peers and industry colleagues over a glass of champagne at the opening reception sponsored by the Ordnance Survey, at the 'Rock n Roll' themed event party sponsored by ESRI or at the 'Bon Voyage' event organised by the AGI.

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