With over 2000 named members, individual and corporate, AGI is THE membership body for everyone with an interest or involvement with GI and has been active since 1989.
The AGI exists to represent the interests of the UK's geographic information (GI) industry; a wide-ranging group of public and private sector organisations, suppliers of GI software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. The AGI, by way of its unique membership forum, brings together this previously disparate GI community to share ideas on best practice, experience and innovation, and offers access to unparalleled networking opportunities with significant business benefits. As such it avoids partisan positions and tries to act on behalf of the community as whole. Since its formal inception in 1989, it has built up a significant membership base and established itself as the respected voice in GI.
'The Mission of the AGI is to maximise the use of geographic information (GI) for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce.'
The AGI pursues these aims through a wide range of activities including lobbying, specialist meetings, seminars and other events throughout the country, a dynamic website, and a number of publications. These are all supported by our annual conference and trade exhibition; the leading GIS event for the UK.
Additionally, there are a number of special interest groups (SIGs) that provide services of particular relevance to members in specific sectors, as well as regional branches of the AGI in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The AGI is a mature organisation with a strong membership base and committed staff. In recent years it has achieved a level of financial stability that enables it now to look to future with more confidence, despite difficult economic conditions. This 2010 business plan, covering the period 2010-12 sets a long-term vision for the organisation based on the opportunities afforded by significant technology advances and wider awareness and cost-effective availability of geospatial information.
The externally focused aspects of the business plan are organised into objectives and actions under six headings:
Membership - our focus will be to attract members from new markets, particularly in the Business to Consumer (B2C) space, whilst re-doubling our efforts to ensure we remain relevant to our existing membership.
Services - we will look to revamp our events programme to spread it more evenly through the year and focus on the new directions in the industry. We will also evaluate the feasibility of launching new services to widen our income base.
Public Policy - we have an excellent platform to advance the influencing mission of the AGI through our membership of the UK Location Council (UKLC) and will seek to gain representation on all subsidiary bodies to the UKLC as they are formed.