GeoBusiness 2014 is less than a week away. Â This is a new event and I am looking forward to seeing what it will be like. Â The organisers have certainly pushed the event, with short magazine inserts listing who is exhibiting and presenting. Â GoGeo will be there and i thought i would explain why we are attending and what we hope to get out of the event.
It’s new and it’s big
Pretty self-explanatory, but also significant. Â This is a chance to speak to all the major software vendors and find out what enhancements they have in the development. Â In addition, there are a host of companies that offer GI service. Â I want to see what these are up to and report on what looks innovative and interesting. Â These companies collectively employ a significant number of GIS graduates each year. Â Many of them are exploiting new and emerging technology such as unmanned aerial vehiclesÂ (UAV). Â As such, theyÂ are really quite dynamic places to be employed as a fresh-faced graduate.
There are a number of interesting workshops being run by companies to highlight what innovative analysis they are doing. There seems to be a clusters of workshops around 3D laser scanning, UAV’s and Business Information Modeling (BIM). Â There is also a strand that focuses on professional development.
Content for GoGeo and perhaps even ShareGeo. Â So that means news articles, blog posts and so on for Â GoGeo. Â With ShareGeoÂ it would be great to get some sample data from some companies so that lecturers could use this in their lessons. Â I will be looking to convince some of the UAV and scanning companies to giveÂ some data withÂ ShareGeo. Â If you don’t know whatÂ ShareGeoÂ is, it is a repository for open geo-spatial data that enhances teaching, learning and research.
So if you already have a ticket IÂ might see you there. If you don’t have a ticket, there is still time and there are special rates for students (Â£25 per day if you pre-book). Â Students, do your research on the companies attending and speak to people to find out what they do, it is a great opportunity to see the diverse range of jobs that is available in the GI market.