The Future of Location Data

The Future of Location Data

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 18:00 - 21:00
Added by: paul dowling | Type: Theme Evening | Price: Free
Tickets available: 37 (200 total)

We are pleased to announce our next big event in Google Campus (4/5 Bonhill Street, london EC2A 4BX). Take the opportunity to network at London's hottest startup venue and have a drink, kindly hosted by Ordnance Survey. As one of the world's best known traditional mapping organisations, they now also help developers to access a vast wealth of resources available as open data and free consultancy. 

The latest in our series of talks about location data focuses on the future. Where is location data going? (excuse the pun) How will it impact your work? Where are the opportunities? Come and hear our guest speaker Tony Colby – Geospatial Systems Practice Lead at Logica.

We’d love you to join us at 6pm for an evening of beer, pizza and great company!


18:00 Welcome drinks

19:00 Introduction and Presentation

20:00 Drinks & Pizza & Networking

21:00 Close


Anthony W. Colby

Anthony is the leader of the CGI UK Geospatial (GIS) Systems Professional Practice which provides a focal point for CGI UK’s GIS professionals. Previously, Anthony was a Principal Consultant with Helyx Secure Information Systems and served as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army where he held a number of general and specialist intelligence appointments at Regimental, Brigade and Divisional levels.

Anthony specialises in the design and development of innovative geospatial solutions for commercial and government customers enabling them to make the most of their existing systems, processes and business data. Anthony has a Master of Science in Defence Geographic Information, is a Member of the Institute of Royal Engineers and is a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society.  

Robin Mannings  

B.Eng C.Eng FRGS MIET,  Freelance Futurologist Robin Mannings is a freelance futurologist. He retired from corporate employment in 2009 after 20 years in BT’s Research Dept where he had been a futurologist since 1998 - mostly working with large corporate customers. His view on the future is primarily informed by his knowledge of science and technology and their impact on and interaction with, business and society.    

Robin is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Cardiff) in 1976 and was sponsored at university by Philips, for whom he subsequently worked in their advanced mobile radio systems design labs. Robin moved to the University of Bath in 1980 where he performed research in the area of mobile radio systems for 9 years. In BT’s Research dept he led a team researching mobile telematics and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). More recently Robin was involved in research management including managing BT’s strategic university research programme.   In 2008, Robin wrote the book “Ubiquitous Positioning” (Artech House) which summarised his personal research on the future of detailed positioning, tracking and map  technologies.

Over the years Robin has written numerous papers and press articles and has appeared in the media on many occasions. Some of the more recent examples are available on Robin’s futurology archive (and many others by entering Robin Mannings or robinmannings into Google).   In addition to more general futures, Robin maintains a special interest in Navigation, Positioning, Tracking, Digital Geography and Intelligent Transportation.

About Ordnance Survey:

In 1791, under threat of a French invasion, the Government realised the South Coast of England needed to be accurately mapped. This led to the mapping of the whole country in detail, and the founding of Ordnance Survey.

Today Ordnance Survey is a dynamic, self-financing £120-million-a-year civilian organisation. We’re at the forefront of the digital economy, producing digital mapping products and paper maps for business, leisure, administrative and educational use. We are still part of the UK Government, but we cover our costs by selling our products and licensing others to use our data.

We are perhaps best known for our paper maps, but it is digital mapping data that accounts for around 90% of our business.

As 80% of all information collected in Britain has some geographic feature to it – from the location of people, buildings, and postcodes to administrative boundaries – the potential for linking and analysing different sets of information is enormous.

Our current workforce is around 1,200 people, 300 of which are surveyors. They constantly measure and record the changing British landscape making over 5 000 changes a day to our database of almost half a billion features.

Our Open Innovation Programme provides a range of mapping data available for free to foster innovation and encourage government transparency. Anyone from entrepreneurs and web developers to ramblers can download data from the OS OpenData service to help them build applications underpinned by geography.

We also offer free access to our mapping through the web mapping API OS OpenSpace. It is an easy way to get Ordnance Survey mapping embedded in a website or online application, with the ability to plot routes, pan and zoom through mapping scales and search via place names or postcodes. There is even a Web Map Builder service which removes the need to write a single line of code.

The final piece of our open innovation programme is GeoVation – an initiative set up to provide seed funding for sustainable business ventures based on geography. GeoVation helps entrepreneurs and developers bring their map-based ideas to life by running themed challenges. Each challenge aims to encourage ideas with a social, environmental or economic benefit, and culminates in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style showcase where shortlisted entrants go head-to-head to secure investment.