INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Association for Geographic Information
Mission and Objectives: 
'The Mission of the AGI is to maximise the use of geographic information (GI) for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce.'
Formal Mandate: 
AGI members come from all parts of the geographic information community and include GI software vendors, data suppliers, consultants, academics, students of GI or related disciplines, users of geographic information and other interested individuals. Current active members come from the private, public, academic and voluntary sectors, and work in areas as diverse as central and local government, academia and research, crime and disorder, analysis, healthcare, environmental management, utilities and retail. Operating on a not-for-profit basis, AGI is the highly respected and impartial voice of the UK's GI industry, existing to represent the views of its members by influencing policy and maximising the use of geographic information.
Influencing Raising issues or concerns from members with key decision makers within the GI industry and government. AGI provides a channel of communication to ensure members voices are heard. The AGI influences government policy through its representation on the Geographic Information Panel which reports to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), the GI Panel provides government with high-level advice on GI issues of national importance. The AGI also directly lobbies government ministers, departments, agencies and other bodies on behalf of its membership. Special Interest Groups Membership provides the opportunity to start new or join existing AGI facilitated special interest (SIGs) groups. These offer opportunities for networking with others who have a common interest or aim, and enable members to influence their sectors of the industry. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have well established regional groups, all of which are active in developing and improving regional GI strategies and hosting their own events about issues of local concern. All members may be nominated for election to the AGI Council, and may vote for council election candidates. Informing Members of the AGI have access to the latest and most relevant news and information from the UK's GI industry and policy makers. They are also provided with an excellent forum for spreading their own news to an audience of like minded professionals. The AGI Website is designed for members; those who get the most out of their membership do so in part by contributing to it. Members may log-in allowing access to member-only privileged content. Members can then participate in the online member discussion board, publish articles relevant to other GI users, and post CVs online. Corporate and sponsor members can also increase the profile of their organisation by adding press releases, job vacancies, and event information. AGI keeps members informed via regular electronic newsletters which highlight important industry and AGI news, and member-contributed information. Specialist events throughout the UK keep members up to date with industry developments, standards and best practice, with significantly reduced rates for members. Corporate or sponsor members can also take advantage of exhibitor and sponsor opportunities available. AGI also hosts the UK's premier GI conference and exhibition in the autumn of each year.
Membership is open to individuals and organisations operating in the GI field in the UK. There are around 2400 members of which 350 are corporate and sponsors. Membership includes Government Depts, Agencies, Local Government, Academic Institutions, Multinationals, SMEs, Sole Practitioners, Individuals, and Students

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Not for profit organisation
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    AGI and its members have played an active role in various aspects of INSPIRE and previous European GI initiatives. AGI has an agreed, supportive, policy on INSPIRE and members are taking an active role on EUROGI sponsored working groups monitoring the INSPIRE implementation rules. AGI seeks to publicise INSPIRE and its implications to the GI community in the UK.
    Environmental application domains
    Most if not all are covered by AGI members
    Primary Business
    Not for profit umbrella organisation for GI in UK
    INSPIRE Data Themes