About the conference
Cambridge Conference is an international meeting of Chief Executives from National Mapping Agencies around the world.
International Advisory Panel
An international advisory panel was formed to help us develop the right balance of speakers. It includes:
Dr Derek Clarke, Head of the National Mapping Organisation in South Africa
Winston Donovan, Chief Surveyor, British Virgin Islands
Bengt Kjellson, Director General & Chief Executive of Lantmäteriet
Li Pengde, Deputy Director General - National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China
Programme 2–6 July 2017
Day One – Sunday 2 July
Welcome drinks reception at the Oxford Natural History Museum at 5.30pm followed by dinner at Keble College
Day Two – Monday 3 July
Conference Theme: The Case for Change
Our starting point will be societal transformation and its impact on National Mapping Agencies and spatial data infrastructures.
This will include topics such as the UN’s Strategic Development Goals; the rise of machines and mobility, growing urbanisation; the changing security paradigm and the drive for open data; along with innovation, the economy and the need for better cross-Government integration.
Informal Garden Party in Oxford
Day Three – Tuesday 4 July
Conference Theme: Geospatial tools techniques and processes
By engaging with industry leaders now, we can explore the changes ahead for the geospatial arena over the next decade.
We will consider developing air, land and space data collection; the utility of involuntary crowdsourced data; Big Data and machine learning; and geospatial analysis in the third and fourth dimensions. We will also look at geospatial standards, future mapping agency platforms, spatial data delivery and consumption, and alternative geospatial service opportunities.
Hotine Lecture/Dinner in Keble College
Day Four – Wednesday 5 July
Conference Theme: Future National Mapping Agencies: Shaping our contribution to future society
In the morning, delegates will split into groups to examine one of three themes: the roles of the future NMA, authoritative geospatial data in 2025, and how wider government data strategies could replace National Spatial Data Infrastructures in 2025. Each group will report back its key thoughts to plenary. A parallel stream on ‘Smart Cities’ is likely to run.
In the afternoon, eminent speakers will give their long-term views on similar themes to close the conference.
Conference Gala Dinner at Baliol College
Day Five – Thursday 6 July
Ordnance Survey is delighted to offer an optional visit to its head office in Southampton for a Smart Cities Showcase. After this event, transport will be provided from Southampton to main airports.
Venue - Keble College, Oxford, UK
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