Association of Geographic Information
The mission of the AGI is to maximise the use of GI for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce. The AGI pursues these aims through a wide range of activities including lobbying, an active website, a number of publications, specialist meetings and seminars throughout the country - all supported by an annual conference and trade exhibition. The AGI represents the interests of the geographic information industry, including users in the public and private sectors, suppliers of software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. By providing this forum AGI can give unparalleled opportunities to liaise with the GI community for significant business ends. Visit www.agi.org.uk.
British Association of Remote Sensing Companies
The British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC) is a trade association which represents, promotes and protects the interests of all those involved in commercial remote sensing activities. Its objectives are to liaise with government departments, institutions and other bodies when undertaking contractual remote sensing activities; to encourage international funding organisations instigating remote sensing projects overseas to cooperate with BARSC members; to provide a forum for representations to government and other appropriate bodies. For further information visit www.barsc.org.uk.
British Cartographic Society
Founded in 1963 the British Cartographic Society (BCS) offers a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge on all aspects of maps and mapping. The BCS is the leading institution representing cartography in the UK and the interests of British cartographers. It is one of the world’s leading cartographic societies and represents the interests of British cartography through the International Cartographic Association. The Society aims to promote all aspects of this discipline, and its structure of membership reflects maps in all their forms and the art and science of cartography as a whole. For further information visit www.cartography.org.uk.
Charles Close Society
The Charles Close Society was founded in 1980 to bring together all those with a professional and amateur interest in the maps, plans and related materials of the Ordnance Surveys of Great Britain and Ireland. Its aim is to foster the exchange of information and to make it available in a serial publication, Sheetlines, and in the form of specialised monographs and guides to Ordnance Survey map series. It encourages and coordinates research on Ordnance Survey mapping and practice. For more information on the society’s activities and for details of its wide variety of publications visit www.charlesclosesociety.org.uk.
The Geographical Association (GA) is an independent subject association whose membership crosses academic divides in formal education and can truly claim to be a specialist community of practice. It produces an extensive range of support materials for geography teachers and students at all levels, including its three highly acclaimed journals. It is involved in a range of leading edge CPD initiatives and also organises a variety of other events aimed at raising the profile of geography and stimulating better teaching through, for example, GA Awards, Worldwise and its Annual Conference and Exhibition. See www.geography.org.uk for more details.
Hydrographic Society UK
The Hydrographic Society UK promotes the profession of surveying at sea together with its related sciences and technologies. It provides a focus for conventions and for the exchange and dissemination of information to those interested or engaged in any aspect of hydrography. These objectives are currently achieved through the publication of newsletters and other technical publications, the organisation of national and regional meetings, seminars and workshops, via its website and through its association with The Hydrographic Journal. The Society also seeks to advance education and training in hydrography and related disciplines. Visit www.ths.org.uk.
Society of Cartographers
The Society of Cartographers aims to support and encourage all those involved in cartography and the production of maps. By providing information and opportunities to contact, meet and exchange views and techniques, we hope to support and encourage those involved in all aspects of mapmaking and maintain a high standard of cartographic illustration. The Society was founded in 1964 at the University of Glasgow and was originally names the Society of University Cartographers. In 1989 the Society adopted a new title and constitution opening up membership to all in the cartographic community. Visit www.soc.org.uk.
International Map Trade Association
The International Map Trade Association (IMTA) was formed to bring together in one association all those involved with maps, travel guides, globes, geospatial information and related products and services, to further their commercial interests. It aims to expand the market place for members' products and services by providing a forum for communication, learning, networking and trade. IMTA consists of three regions: IMTA of the Americas; Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and Asia Pacific. Each region has its own office and board of directors and holds an annual conference and trade show. For further information visit www.maptrade.org.
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society
The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society is a registered Charity and exists to promote educational activities in remote sensing and photogrammetry to the public. The Society also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to earth observation. It is managed by its Council and has its own office, based in Nottingham University in the UK. There are approximately 1000 members worldwide. The Society is the UK's affiliating body to the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and it fosters links between international, commercial, industrial and academic organisations. For further information visit www.rspsoc.org.
Royal Geographical Society
The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) is the Learned Society for Geography and geographers. Founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science it continues to be among the most active of the learned societies. The largest geographical society in Europe, and one of the world's largest, it operates at regional, national and international levels. The Society supports research, education and training, together with the wider public understanding and enjoyment of Geography. With its focus on society and environment, Geography is a popular subject in formal education and highly relevant to both life-long learning and fulfilment from travel. Visit www.rgs.org.
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Founded in 1868, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is regulated by its Royal Charter with the objective of promoting the public good. This allows RICS to comment independently on matters that it perceives to be relevant to its profession. RICS numbers over 110,000 members who work in both the public and private sector, including the areas of commercial and residential property, taxation, information technology, geomatics and geographic information and valuation advice on land, property and construction matters. More information can be found at www.rics.org.
Royal Institute of Navigation
The Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) was formed in 1947 to unite those interested in navigation as well as to advance the practice and promote knowledge of the subject. Nowadays it has regional branches and ten special interest groups covering all environments - land, sea and air - catering for interests ranging from the history of air navigation to research and development. The Institute runs meetings and conferences and publishes a journal, magazine, newsletters and books. Basic membership is available to anyone with an interest in any form of navigation. For further information visit www.rin.org.uk.
Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors
The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working within civil engineering. ICES supports the education and professional development of the specialist work that geospatial engineers and commercial managers contribute to civil engineering projects. This varies from the monitoring and setting out of the works to the management of contracts and disputes. ICES members uphold the highest levels of competence and professional standards that are necessary to the success of these major construction projects. Visit www.cices.org.
The Survey Association
The Survey Association represents the UK's private surveying companies. The Survey Association, known as TSA, is a trade association formed 29 years ago to give a focus for private sector businesses in land and hydrographic survey. Today, TSA has over 120 companies in membership as full, associate, supplier, academic and affiliate members directly involved in the survey business. The membership, which now includes Academia, combine to employ over 2500 people and had a turnover in 2007 of almost £250 million. On 1st June 2006, TSA opened its own secretariat in Newark-on-Trent, since which time the association has gone from strength to strength. For further information visit www.tsa-uk.org.uk.