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Future of Geographic Information in Wales

Wales – As part of AGI Cymru’s plans to evaluate the Geographic Information (GI) Strategy for Wales, AGI is asking stakeholders to put forward their views. Available on AGI Cymru’s web pages of the AGI website, a new survey is asking GI practitioners about progress since the last strategy, published in 2003, and what developments should be looked at next.

The survey is the first step in a review of the way Wales harnesses geographic information. With the support of the Welsh Assembly Government, the review looks to build on recent developments and incorporate the EU INSPIRE Directive and the soon to be published UK Location Strateg (UKLS).

The EU INSPIRE Directive provides a common European framework that defines what needs to be done to achieve interoperable and integrated data across the continent. A joined-up approach to creating, recording and using GI will benefit organisations and businesses across the EU, including Wales.

The UKLS is widely expected to align with the INSPIRE framework and a common governing body to coordinate both elements is likely to be announced. Keith Jones, Chair of AGI Cymru says: “Reviewing the GI Strategy for Wales at this time is vitally important. With INSPIRE and the UKLS due to be introduced, Wales needs to incorporate these whilst still retaining the individual elements that the country needs. This is also an ideal time to gauge the views and needs of the Welsh GI community and account for the changes in the industry like the rise of web-based services and neo-geography.”

To join the debate about geographic information in Wales, visit https://www.agi.org.uk/sig/cymru. Closing date for the survey is 17th October 2008.