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Young professionals driving industry’s future

Professional development has been a major hurdle in geospatial industry of late. Continuous evolution in the areas of sensors for data acquisition, data management, real time analytics and visual interaction paradigms, together with the increasing prevalence of cloud computing, is affecting the capacity requirements in both government and private sectors. The future roles of young geospatial professionals are no longer seen as traditional geographers or surveyors, rather the market is demanding for software developers, spatial analysts, 3D modellers, data integrators, etc.

These emerging professionals will be one of the most important driving forces to the industry, making it imperative to facilitate their development. With this view in mind, we have created a column in our regional newsletter, Europe Geospatial Digest, for young professionals to voice their opinion on the current state-of-play of geospatial industry and how to bring the industry forward – from a young leader’s perspective. We are thrilled to feature the first Young Professional write-up in the April edition, courtesy of Tina Thomson, P&C Business Partner and Underwriting Modelling at Amlin plc and Director/Honorary Treasurer of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, United Kingdom.

If you are in your 20s-30s and interested to contribute to this column, please do write to us. You might also be interested in the Young Professionals Forum, to be held as part of our flagship event, INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015, this May in Lisbon.