The BCS is teaming up with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to promote the business case for using open geospatial standards at an event in Nottingham on 25 January.
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The event will feature experts from organisations that have made effective use of geographic data in their business strategies, with demonstrations of how to make best use of geospatial information.
Mike Jackson, chair of the OGC UK-Ireland Forum, said, "This workshop brings together expertise from government agencies, integrators and suppliers on the deployment of interoperable geographic and location-based services."
Bill Hatton, programme manager for IS development at the British Geological Survey, said, "The adoption of best practice with geospatial information can make the difference between profit and loss, between effective provision of public services and failing services. How you adapt your products and services to exploit new capabilities could future-proof today's investments.
"Effective use of geographical data underpins many critical business and governmental decisions in marketing, distribution, sales, planning, environmental protection, defence, security, service provision, etc. All too often business decisions and support systems are based on what is perceived to be the most cost-effective application of geographic information and processing systems.
"Often they are made with cursory thought towards the reduction of technology lifecycle costs and open spatial standards."
The workshop, aimed at all decision makers who face these challenges, will describe how to achieve interoperability across technologies, future-proof investments and apply best-practice.
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