I recently attended the GeoData – “New Business, New Markets, New Customers” event at University of Leicester, 12th March 2015.
In one of the most well renowned universities for geo-related higher-education in the country the location was ideal for an event like this. The event attracted attendees from the likes of BGS, Google and Ordnance Survey amongst numerous academic institutes from all over the UK.
The day, which was organised by the “Innovation through the Research Support Accelerator” (IRSA) kicked off with a talk named “from Satellite to Surface” exploring the use of geospatial data in the modern world. This was the first in a number of useful talks from the likes of Ed Parsons dialling in with a remote presentation on free tools provided by Google and BGS who showcased their commercial and open data services.
The underlying feeling at this event was the important role that geospatial data now plays in decision making at a high level and how more and more people from different backgrounds are using geodata in their day to day lives both for business and leisure.
The event was a good opportunity to network with some of the big players in the geospatial world and experts from different sectors while also hearing various points of view during the Q&A sessions.
Robin Coackley, GeoIntelligence Account Manager