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London 9th July 2001 – Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, will host ‘First Steps’, a free independent series of seminars at GIS 2001, in association with the AGI Conference (Earl’s Court 2, London from 18-20 September 2001), the UK’s leading spatial business intelligence exhibition.

‘First Steps’ will offer visitors to GIS 2001 a unique chance to learn more about Geographic Information Systems, discover how to get started with geographic information and how to manage geographic information to benefit their organisation through a series of free seminars conducted by leading industry experts. ‘First Steps’ seminars will run throughout the three days of GIS 2001.

In all, 18 sessions are planned, each lasting around 30 minutes. “Sessions in the seminar theatre alongside our stand will be hosted by a variety of speakers and will be applicable to a wide range of businesses and public services,” says Ordnance Survey’s CEO, Vanessa Lawrence. “They will cover topics from starting up from scratch, through basic Internet GI services and on to the new era of locations-based applications. In each case the underlying theme will be to get across the all-important first steps to help participants understand how they can harness the power of GIS in their own line of business.”

‘First Steps’ forms part of GIS 2001’s extensive programme where visitors will benefit from free educational areas and information zones designed to add value and make the event an informed, motivated and worthwhile experience.

Other Features, Free Educational Programmes and Information Zones at GIS 2001 will include:

- The Consultancy Centre with free consultations by recognised applications experts.

- The LBS Pavilion supported by the WAP Group.

- Space & Remote Sensing Feature in association with BNSC.

- The Solutions Centre in association with Kingston University.

- The Public Sector Information Zone in association with NLUD, NLIS, NLPG and IGGI.

- Over 100 of the key vendors in Europe.

For more information about GIS 2001, or to register for free entry into the event, please visit http://www.gis-expo.com or telephone 020 8987 7584.


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About Ordnance Survey

Britain’s National Mapping Agency is a £100 million-a-year business owned by the UK Government . It is at the forefront of the e-business revolution, creating, maintaining and marketing a wide range of digital map data and graphic products for business, leisure, education, and administrative use and introducing systems for both on-line ordering and delivery. Its web site is at http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Ordnance Survey’s ‘master map of Britain’ – the National Topographic Database – is fully digitised and some 5000 changes are made to it every night. It is being further enhanced and restructured as part of the Digital National Framework (DNF) initiative to make it even easier for other people’s information to be integrated in to it, held as separate layers, or associated with it. This new object-oriented database, which will include definitive, maintained referencing of 400 million man-made and natural features in Britain, will go live this November.

Contacts:

CMP Europe:
Toni Cullen, Senior PR Manager, Tel 020 8987 7617, tcullen@cmp-europe.com
Colleen Just, PR Executive, Tel: 020 8987 7745, cjust@cmp-europe.com
Jason Lee, PR Executive, Tel: 020 8987 7635, jslee@cmp-europe.com

Ordnance Survey:

Philip Round, Senior Press Officer, Tel: 023 8079 2635, pround@ordsvy.gov.uk








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