"The AGI Awards are a prestigious event recognising the very best achievements in the field of Geographic Information throughout the year. The purpose of the awards is to recognise excellence within the industry and to foster a spirit of innovation to the betterment of Geographic Information in the UK. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AGI and as a result the AGI has launched an exciting new set of awards for 2014 and beyond! The AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence move beyond the traditional sector based approach to generate an open and engaging competition for each award relevant across the whole industry!"
Emma Bee and Hugh Barron for 'The AGI Award for Exceptional Service'. Awarded to someone within the AGI volunteer base who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mission of the AGI, notably during the year.
The AGI Award for the 'Best Paper within the Event Programme' was awarded to Diarmad Campbell (BGS) and David Hay (GCC) for their paper at the Geo:The Big 5 Future Cities event entitled "Glasgow, setting the standard for Europe". Diarmad presented on the importance of Sub-surface data and the work of the Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) Network and specifically the Glasgow Specification for Data Capture (GSPEC) in improving data access and re-use. He was able to effectively demonstrate the importance of geology on the development of a future city and also the importance of geospatial technology to manage the complex data. Judges remarked that it was a pleasure to watch someone articulate in such a clear manner, why geology is important to the Future Cities agenda.
The UK Soil Observatory project (a partnership which includes BGS and CEH) won the award for 'Excellence with Impact'. This award recognises those projects which have achieved outstanding success or impact – whether this be within an organisation or at a local, regional, national or international scale. Impact will be measured relative against the projects aims and could be societal, humanitarian, environmentally and/or financially based.
Keith Adlam (retired employee of BGS) received the prestigious 'The AGI Award for Career Achievement in GI'. This is given to a person who has made a significant long term contribution to geospatial within their professional career.